'Noah' Screening Canceled After Theater Floods, Which Is Irony At Its Finest
Noah faced yet another flood on Tuesday, but this time, it was less cleansing and more of a hassle. Not to be confused with The Flood that, according to the Bible, sank the world to a watery end and cleared the Earth of wickedness and evil. Nope, this flood occurred in Exeter Vue before a screening of Noah, Russell Crowe and Darren Aronofsky's new film.
The Exeter Vue, a movie theater in Exeter, UK, was closed until 2 p.m. on Friday, April 4, following flooding that occurred "due to a fault with an ice machine." Consequently, eager moviegoers who hoped to catch the first screening of the film at 12:15 p.m. were informed, much to their chagrin (and amusement, one would imagine), that excess water would prevent them from watching a film all about... excess water.
The film, as summarized by Express and Echo, "tells the story of Noah’s vision of Earth destroyed by a flood." Unfortunately for the cinephiles who attempted to watch Noah that fateful Friday afternoon, their vision was similarly destroyed, or at least, never came to fruition. Despite the disappointment that must have accompanied being unable to watch Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly save the world and its animals, the absurdity of the situation was certainly appreciated by the audience.
While this may not have been divine intervention, perhaps the latest event with Noah only justifies some countries' decision to ban the film, as there is clearly something fishy at work. Pakistan, Bahrain, Malaysia, and other largely Islamic countries have refused to show the film, as Muslim religious teachings prohibit the portrayal of prophets.
Despite this small setback, Noah is still projected to be one of the summer's biggest blockbusters, scoring 76 percent on Rotten Tomatoes for a "fresh" rating among critics, though it is significantly less popular with viewers at just 47 percent. Regardless, the film is number two at the box office, earning $44 million on its debut weekend.
Flood or not, nothing is going to stop Aronofsky's latest film, except maybe uninterested moviegoers.
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