A few weeks ago I sat down on a rainy Saturday to decorate my house for Christmas and watch a movie. The movie I chose was 2014’s retelling of the story of Noah, with Russell Crowe. Now I understand that as artistic expression, you had to paint outside the lines of the original story and add your own special spin. That’s why there were Transformer Rock characters. I have to admit that it got so hokey, I started blogging about it in real time. You can read that post here.
But something happened in the middle of the movie that moved me in a way I never expected. That scene where Noah and Ila were in the ark and Ila is saying it’s not fair for her to be married to Shem because she is barren. At that moment, Noah tells her, “you have more worth, and you matter.”
I wanted to hug Noah. And the writers of the film.
Yes, I realize it wasn’t something that was probably said back in Noah’s day. Especially after the flood when the earth needed to be repopulated…. but I’m just gonna gloss over that one. Trying to keep this entry family-friendly ;-).
Even in the year 2015, many women are made to feel worthless if they decide to not have kids, or if they are physically unable. This statement from the movie was a breath of fresh air.
Our decision to remain childless has definitely changed our perspective about how women’s worth is tied into if she can have a baby or raise a child as a mother. And in the year since living our new reality, when we hear these sentiments, we’ve tried to counter them with examples of woman having fulfilling lives that don’t involve raising kids.
Most importantly I’m glad this line is in the movie, because I feel like this is what God is telling some women. That having children is not their path in life, but that’s ok. That you are a valued and loved individual that can do great things for the world.
So thank you, Hollywood. In your quest to modernize the story of Noah, with it’s Transformer Rock characters and cutting edge fashion (seriously, I’d really like that sweater thing that Ila wears at the end of the film), you managed to give women around the world a glimmer of happiness that someone finally gets it.
And we are grateful.
**Blogger’s Note/Spoiler Alert: Just wanted to point out that in the movie the character of Illa (that doesn’t appear in the Biblical account) is barren for just a short time. She does give birth by the end of the film. I don’t think this plot twist devalues Noah’s earlier words in any way.