Noah is purposely controversial. Whether your for it or offended by it's very inaccurate account of one of the most important Bible stories, it is obvious that it thrills and involves it's audience. Noah is a great example of beautiful film making. What also should be noted by parents is that Noah is very violent, and borders on shocking in several scenes. Noah is not recommended for young kids. Parents should consider the following:
- Brutal violence and frequent bloodshed._____________________________
- Scary, dark visuals involving monsters and creepy images of death.____ - Implied sexuality and mild partial nudity._____________________________
- Intense fantasy action._____________________________________________
- Characters die and make morally questionable decisions.______________
Besides all the violence, Noah is also incredibly dark and dreary. Disturbing visuals of death by drowning, the slaughter of animals, as well as humans mercilessly handling animals and humans. Several characters death. Characters, exspecailly Noah, make morally questionable decisions. But some sinister acts that take place near the end top the rest.
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While the ending is uplifting, the segment while the family travels in the ark is namely disturbing and to many, perhaps offensive. After Ila becomes pregnant, Noah begins to threaten that if the baby is born a girl, he will kill it as soon as it leaves her womb. Lila ends up having twin girls and soon after they're born, Noah grabs his knife and lifts it over his head with the intent of killing the girls, and slowly lowers it but ends up just kissing them both on the forehead. This scene is very shocking and unsettling.
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The frequent dark visuals and iffy morals really make Noah a questionable movie for some. The very sinister theme that happens later on in the movie make Noah shocking at that point. While it ends on a mostly peaceful note, one can't help but be influenced to some extent by the movie's shocking ideas.
Ultimately, Noah is an excellent movie that should be off limits to children of any age. Most teenagers, particularly older ones, should be fine watching it, however, it all depends on the teen. The violence is strong for a PG-13 movie, but also, what makes Noah even more mature is its dark visuals and very intense, fantasy themes. The occasional shocking scene and the sometimes strong violence make Noah for adults and older teens with exceptions, however, only you know your kid.