So I decided to watch the new Noah movie because it was the only big budget movie on Netflix I hadn’t seen.
Given all the liberties they took, I really can’t excuse the unbelievable misoginy throughout.
God is referred to as “He” in the movie. I really have to wonder whether it was a “She” whether things would be different.
So here’s the deal. God sees women being raped by men, and so to punish them for their wickedness, decides to kill every rape victim on Earth. That and for not being vegetarians. And the men too.
Later on the Ark, Noah decides that if his pregnant daughter has a girl, he will kill the baby. But not if it’s a boy. Because if a girl and a boy were to conceive, his real fear, the girl would be to blame.
There’s also his son wanting a wife like he would want an object. This desire is for his satisfaction, hers doesn’t even enter the equation. His dad goes to fetch a wife the same way you’d expect to fetch an apple from an apple tree.
Any characters that do anything are men. Women are only there to be things to be acted upon. The women don’t do anything except wait at home for a man, be led by a man, or get raped.
The one time Noah’s wife does anything, which is to make her daughter be able to be magically pregnant following infertility, her actions are portrayed as being wrong. When Noah decided to murder her grand child (because its a girl and remember what we think of girls), her reaction is not “wtf - fuck off” but “punish me.” His daughter is equally removed of agency and are just like “I’ll cry but okay.”
I don’t believe that the sexism that is pervasive in this speaks so much to the original source material as the creators of this movie. They had no qualms with giving misogyny the big screen treatment and deliver to an audience that let’s not kid ourselves have similar views on women.