Protozoa Pictures, Disruption Entertainment, US
UK Release: 4th April 2014
Director Darren Aronofsky
Producer Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin et al.
Screenwriter Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel
Cinematographer Matthew Libatique
Cast Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson
Darren Aronofsky’s Noah is a sensational tavern for you and your family to stop by. Built to the exact measurements displayed in the bible and standing at 45ft high, 75ft wide and 450ft long, Hollywood carpenters deserve a spot at next years Academy Awards. Embraced alongside the armament of the sea, are the Ents (from the Lord of the Rings) who decided to assemble an offspring made of rock, creating The Watchers. Then there is Cain’s line of verminous beings that bout with their woman and treat “the creator’s” earth like their own refuse. Finally, there is the respectable line of Seth and the last descendant, Noah. Thus, we have the harvest for our story, the story of Noah.
It’s a miracle. What is a miracle? Going by miracles, this film is impeccable, if there were a blemish it would have to be a miracle situated in the context of Noah. Despite this augmented time and controversial matter, Aronofsky pulls off a blockbuster experience for the kids, the parents and the grandparents, catholic, protestant, atheist, you name it. Sci-fi and fantasy, emotion and drama, action and adventure, mystery and suspense, there is a taste to be found. I’ll try and succumb my palpable desire of Aronofsky’s filmmaking talents.
For Aronofsky fans, there is the symbolic and juxtaposing flash, bang and whip sequences reminiscent of drug-taking in Requiem for a Dream and the photophobia and trance inducing evolutions of Pi. For Christians, there is simply Noah and his ark. However, speaking as an uninformed individual I dare not comment further on biblical qualities, yet I realise that Aronofsky has evoked the family drama side of things. The moral suspense of certain situations will engross any audience aware of human behavior.
Russell Crowe of course, plays Noah; thankfully he didn’t reach out across the rooftops of the ark and start singing “the animals come in two by two hurrah…” Instead, he developed his tarnished beard and kept in line with “the creator’s” wishes – before I go any further, “the creator” is uttered in the film as a somewhat suitable replacement for God. Crowe gives a fine performance, it is no easy task telling your fellow that the world will end and you must build a ludicrously large ark. Frankly, I wouldn’t have cast anyone else. Noah’s companion, his wife, is the startling Jennifer Connelly who engrains herself remarkably into the world of Noah. She brings Crowe onto a suitable playing field adding some touching elements of emotion and admiration. Emma Watson looks younger than she did in The Prisoner of Azkaban and has a hard time giving birth, but she fits the part nonetheless.
There is a lot that could be said about this movie, but I am not here to debate over ethics and religion. It is an impressive film by a man who has held his way over Hollywood and made a respectable and heart-felt blockbuster (Aronofsky has wanted to make the movie since he was 13). I was skeptical at first but I came away with positive reflections and deep approval of the filmmaker.
Watch the trailer below: