Somebody please tell me how a retelling of a myth is supposed to be “historically accurate.” The Old Testament is not a historical document, as much as religious folk would like to believe it. It’s chock-full of myths and allegories and moral tales, but let’s not pretend that talking snakes, burning bushes that give orders, a boat that holds two of every creature, and a woman springing from a rib is actual history.
At the request of the National Religious Broadcasters NRB, Paramount added a disclaimer which reads, in part, that “[t]he film is inspired by the story of Noah. While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide. The biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis.”
NRB board member Phil Cooke told The Wrap that the disclaimer was necessary because the film is “historically inaccurate.” It is, Cooke said, “more of an inspired movie than an exact retelling.”