Based on the story of Noah’s Ark in the Book of Genesis, Noah is given a task by the creator and will do anything he can to fulfill his duty. He must build an Ark to protect the innocent as the creator cleanses all the lands of the evil and corrupt.
The story of Noah is one of the oldest stories known to man. Darran Aronofsky wanted to write and direct his own version of the story. He is one of my favorite filmmakers and some of his previous movies include Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler, and Black Swan. None of his films have had big budgets like Noah did, an estimated amount of $125 Million. Aronofsky is not like other directors and has a unique style of filmmaking. He was able to seamlessly blend his art house style and incorporate it into a blockbuster movie. I now know that he makes amazing and memorable films in both low budget and big budget films.
Aronofsky created a gorgeous yet eerie and desolate world for his characters to live in. The landscapes spanned miles and showed how alone these characters are as they are traveling. The cinematography was stunning as the film was shot on location in Iceland Mexico, New York and other places. They actually built a life size Ark for filming which made it even more epic. There were a few sequences that involved animation and time lapse photography which were my favorite parts of the film. Clint Mansell has previously worked on all of Aronosky’s film by composing all of the music. Mansell created another beautiful score to accompany the tone of the film. The only real problem I had of the film was that it dragged somewhat toward the end.
Russell Crowe played the title role of Noah and I thought he did a great job at it because you learn to love and hate his character throughout the film. Jennifer Connolly (Blood Diamond, Requiem for a Dream) played Noah’s wife Nameeh and gave a surprisingly good performance. Emma Watson (Harry Potter films) gives another great performance and I’m happy to see she has officially gotten out of her Harry Potter shell. She played a girl who was taken in by Noah when she was very young. All of the other actors did a great job including Ray Winstone (The Departed, Hugo) who played the antagonist.
There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the film due to that it strays to far from the story of Noah’s Ark. The religious communities have spoken out about it and it worried Paramount Pictures. In the end, they trusted Aronofsky and gave his final cut of the film. Guess what? The film still made $45 Million in its opening weekend which is huge. People were intrigued and had to see how Noah’s Ark was adapted into a movie. Aronofsky isn’t your ordinary filmmaker and certainly continues to show that in this film. If you want to go to Noah, then go see it and don’t let others stop you when they say, “It didn’t stay true to the story!” Almost all movies that are adapted from books stray from the source material because the filmmakers put their own creative thoughts into it. The Bible is precious to more people but if you go see Noah with an unbiased opinion, you should enjoy it.
Darren Aronofsky continues to keep me entertained with his films. Noah isn’t as great his previous films but it shows that he can work with a very large budget. I definitely recommend others to go see Noah. Between the wonderful visuals and superb storytelling, it’s not one to miss. This film will be talked about for awhile so do yourself a favor and be a part of the conversation.
4/5 - Excellent