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Evan Almighty... What a FLOP!!

When the movie ended, I was like... "What the... They twisted Bible facts!" C'mon, I'm not trying to be "holier than thou" or something like this but the disrespect in this so-called family affair movie is just too much to my taste.

In case you don't know what's this movie about, I'll show you its synopsis. Got it from Rotten Tomatoes.

In this sequel to BRUCE ALMIGHTY, newscaster Evan Baxter (Steve Carrell, THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN) has traded in the news desk for a post in Washington as a congressman. Though his campaign was based on the idea of changing the world, Evan drives a gas-guzzling SUV and spends more time trimming his nose hair than with his three sons. When he has a strange encounter with God (Oscar winner Morgan Freeman, reprising his role from the first film), God tells him to build an ark, just as Noah did thousands of years ago. Though Evan is skeptical, he finally accepts the task after being hounded by dozens of animals that follow him, two by two. By obeying God, Evan risks his family, career, and sanity--but will a flood actually come and prove him right?

OK. Now I want to tell you some facts about the movie that... well... how should I put it? Some are accurate, mostly are twisted.

Number one. One of the Bible verses being quoted was Genesis 6:14, "So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out" (NIV). Cypress wood is gopher wood? Think so. I don't know what version of the Bible that Evan Baxter hold in his hand when he looked up for this verse in the Bible. But then, I found something real juicy. Gopher Wood- What is it?

Number two. The animals went into the ark two by two. Correct. That's Genesis 6:19-20, "You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive" (NIV). What about this? Genesis 7:1-3 say, "The LORD then said to Noah, "Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. Take with you seven of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and two of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, and also seven of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth" (NIV). Maybe the details are not shown but pay attention to this: for clean animals, it should be 7 per species; for unclean animals and the birds, it should be 2 per species. Not ALL ANIMALS are 2 per species. And the Bible never say about the sea creatures, so don't ask, "What about the whales?"

Number three. Genesis 7:6-7 say, "Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth. And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood" (NIV). You hear that? They movie showed three youngsters, no daughters-in-law. Even worse, all those mocking onlookers got the chance to go into the ark! Hello?

Number four. God appeared to Evan Baxter. OMG! This is such a... I don't know what to say. Can I call that heresy?

Number five. One of the credits show Morgan Freeman (God, duh!) carrying one of the two tablets of the Ten Commandments and add on one more! This is so disrespectful! The "new" commandment reads, "Thou shall do the dance." Aiyor... Please la...

C'mon, it's just a movie! What d'ya expect? I think that's what you gonna say. Haha...

But there's one thing I like. You know what the word ARK stands for? It's this: A Random act of Kindness. Not bad, huh?

2 comments

  1. 1) Evan was probably using the KJV. Gopher is untranslated Hebrew because no one knows exactly what it is. Cypress was probably a wild guess.

    2) You are right. But Evan Almighty is not a movie about the biblical Noah. It is a movie about God's interactions with a 21st century American, Evan Baxter. I will have a problem if God allows a complete re-enactment of Noah because that will include a worldwide flood decreed by God, which is contra-biblical.

    3) You are right again. Yet again this is Evan Baxter not Genesis' Noah. You got the two mixed up.

    4) This is called theophany, not heresy. Examples of biblical theophany include Abraham's meeting with God, Jacob's wrestling with God and the Son of Man in Daniel's furnace.

    5) This is Morgan Freeman, not God.

    6) My biggest problem with Evan Almighty is the "Act of Random Kindness" as the main lesson from the movie. The salvific motif (via Christ) of scripture is completely absent but replaced by social theology.

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  2. Yup, this is a MOVIE, a comedy, in fact. My problem is, I don't think one should make a comedy-movie, whatever you called that, and use biblical facts as a joke. People joke around when they got nothing to do and want to make fun of others. I don't know how to express my feelings... but... the whole Evan Almighty is just too rude & disrespectful. May be I'm intense... whatever...

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