I’m not Christian so I come from a non-religious standpoint on this one, just FYI… I’d put this film in the same classification as a film like The Ten Commandments, Ben Hur, Cleopatra and the like; basically an epic with religious overtones. Taken from the bible (with some creative license), Noah focuses of course on the man and his family responsible for building the ark that saved the innocent when God was on a bit of a rampage to cleanse the world of the wicked.
I know there were various groups in a tizzy for a number of reasons – religious groups being pissed about inaccuracies and non-religious types bent out of shape because Darren Aronofsky made a film based on a story from the bible. Can’t people just enjoy a film because it’s entertaining? And if it’s not entertaining, maybe just don’t watch that one. It doesn’t seem like a hard choice to me.
Ultimately, I thought the film was pretty well done. Aronofsky brings his usual creative flair to the film with some moments that feel like they have his specific touch, much of it just feels like an epic without being attached to anyone in particular stylistically speaking overall. The story is decent although at times a bit preachy (it is a Bible story after all) but the moral messages are somewhat universal nonetheless. The dialog seems mostly natural but there are some points that feel stiff in terms of wording and delivery.
The visuals are mostly pretty decent. I say mostly because there are few moments that look super-digital which was a distraction. The look and feel are well designed for the most part although I did have some questions about the authenticity of some of the clothing which again proved to be a bit of a distraction. Noah and his family’s clothing seemed almost like the designer version of the rags they were supposed to be wearing.
The actors bring strong performances to the table but again are stiff at times due to some of the dialog delivery. I felt that Russell Crowe delivered a passionate performance as the tortured Noah making some impossible decisions along with another passionate performance by Jennifer Connelly as Noah’s equally tortured wife. The lineup includes Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, and Douglas Booth.
If you like epics, give this one a shot, it’s worth a viewing.
reviewed by Sean McKnight