THE MOVIE THE SCENE
Darren Aronofsky’s Noah has weathered some controversy since its release earlier this month, with its $125 million budget, its self-professed atheist director and its bombastic portrayal of familiar biblical themes facing the wrath of critics, bloggers and film censors alike. You could say that the complaints have been flooding in but we would never use such a silly pun here at The Ticket. Noah way. Our own Donald Clarke pondered whether Noah is the “most expensive animal rights movie ever made” in his review a fortnight ago. It has been argued that Noah is portrayed in the film as a vegan environmentalist, and Aronofsky (who is vegan) has himself described Noah as the first environmentalist.
Christian vegetarianism (which is totally a thing) rests on a reading of the Bible that suggests humans were only given permission to eat meat after the flood – and even then there were rules: “The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything. But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it.” (Genesis 9:2-4)