Synopsis: Noah is, obviously, Russell Crowe, a chunky eco-warrior battling to save the world – or, because the world is filled with selfish fools, just his family and a few furry and feathered friends – from imminent destruction. The result of mankind's careless, wilful attitude to Earth's bounty. He's up against Ray Winstone, speaking in his best telephone voice, as a flood-denier and rival to God. Or so I roughly make out from the trailer for Noah, the movie, and a few teaser interviews with director Darren Aronofsky, who describes it as "the least biblical biblical film ever made".
There are people who are cross about the movie and what its makers call the "artistic licence" that has been taken with the Bible narrative. But then there are always people who are cross, especially when it comes to the Bible. Mostly they are extremist believers of one sort or another, the more literalist of the peoples of the book: Jews, Christians, Muslims. .
But I am a reader of the Bible. The Bible isn't the word of God or dictation taken by any of his followers, but neither is it a novel, though it is a kind of structural matrix for all fiction. It is a most extraordinary text written by several hands from different periods, each having their own motives and style.