Noah is 'strange and perplexing' says Vatican newspaper
Avvenire described Darren Aronofsky's biblical film as a 'missed chance'
The blockbuster is “ecologically and vaguely New Age” according to a review in Avvenire, which goes on to declare the film as “strange and perplexing…a lost opportunity, Noah without God”.
This is the first response from the Catholic Church since Noah was released to widespread controversy on 29 March.
The movie is loosely based on the story of the great flood, found in the Book of Genesis, but Aronofsky has described his adaptation as “the least biblical biblical film ever made”.
Crowe, 50, spent a fortnight lobbying Pope Francis to watch Noah and briefly met him for a blessing, but the Vatican made it clear that the encounter was not intended as an endorsement.
"Look I'm not Catholic and I've never felt any connection with any previous Pope but I like this guy," Crowe said afterwards, before making the Archbishop of Canterbury his next target.
Aronofsky dismissed criticism as “all about the unknown and about the fear of people trying to exploit a Bible story”. “It will all disappear as soon as people start seeing the film,” he told Variety.
Lerman and Watson have also defended Noah, with Lerman calling it a “good telling of the story” and Watson praising his introduction of female voices.
Last week, a screening of Noah in an Exeter cinema was cancelled due to flooding, much to the amusement of social media users.
tv Review: Miranda Hart and co deliver the festive goods
tvReview: Older generation get hot under the collar this Christmas
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 The political parties aren't all the same – which means 2015 will be a 'big-choice' election
- 2 President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
- 3 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 4 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 5 Naomi Wolf reacts to Isis 'conspiracy theories' critism after she questions whether beheading videos are real
Downton Abbey Christmas special 2014, review: Love is everywhere, actually
The golden age of TV comedy is here
The Boy in the Dress, TV review: David Walliams' Boxing Day treat is a celebration of being different
Best movies on Netflix UK and US: 32 films that will end your endless scrolling
From Marvel to Star Wars: The rise of cinema’s shared universes
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk
Nigel Farage: Ukip leader named 'Briton of the year' by The Times
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever