That's how God saw Noah, says so in Genesis 6:9. His righteousness did not come from his own works or efforts. Noah trusted in God, trusted in God's promises. The world was a corrupt place. Noah stood out, stood apart from his contemporaries. So God chose this righteous man for a special assignment. While God handed out His punishment on this corrupt generation, Noah would build an ark.
But that's not the Noah that you'll find in the splashy new film that stars Russell Crowe. In the film Crowe's Noah denies that he's a good or righteous man. He says that God chose him (Noah) because he would get the job done, that he would build the ark.
This drives me crazy! Why can't filmmakers stick to the script? The "Noah" film is not the only one that ignores the Bible. The popular "Son of God" included all kinds of scenes that had little resemblance to the actual story. Just compare John 11 and the raising of Lazarus with what happened in the movie. Was the movie's deception better than what Jesus actually did? Not even close! And don't even get me started on "The Bible" television series!
So what are we to do? Stick to the script! Read and know the Scriptures. The Bible is the inspired Word of God. God's Word. God's Message. God's Salvation. Save money on the movie ticket, popcorn and soda and the overpriced "Good and Plenty" box of candy. Make an appointment with the Lord each day. Treasure God's Word. Dive deeply into the Scriptures. God's Word will excite and thrill you just like a good movie does. It will also comfort and help you and give you peace and hope. Buy the "Good and Plenty" at Walgreen's and stick to THE SCRIPT!