First of all I don’t have any deep knowledge about Noah’s ark and for a person like me the new Russell Crow starrer Noah was a really enjoyable movie that explained the stage impressively and conveyed the emotional conflicts effectively. A slight jitter is there in some elements used to complicate the plot, but with some really good visualization of the biblical story Noah succeeds in creating a good impression in front of its viewers.
The story is about Noah’s effort to save the innocent creatures on earth as God decides to revamp the world by removing all the existing humans. The history of Noah and his ancestors, his efforts to build the vessel and also that emotionally locked phase where he had to choose between love and his assigned duty is what the movie trying to narrate in an extensive two and a half hour long run time.
The ideas like sin, righteousness, judgement and the role of God were explained successfully in the movie. The beginning portions are quite set pieces oriented with developments happening in the plot with quick speed. Film approaches its battlefield quickly and takes ample time to establish those emotional conflicts which Noah had to go through in order to complete the duty that was assigned to him by the almighty. A lot of human nature that has this selfish, possessive and greedy tint was included nicely in the frame among which the one with Noah’s son Ham was not explained clearly in my view.
The direction was good and Darren Aronofsky has utilized his actors to a great extent along with impressive usage of visual effects. The screenplay as I said approaches the conflict zone with swift speed and then hangs on to the core. Ham’s character transformation was explained vaguely. Dialogues were good. Background score was nice and the visual effects were brilliant.
Russell Crowe delivers a really good performance as Noah. The typical Crowe style where he renders the dialogues in a quick manner is visible here. Jennifer Connelly also performed well as the wife. Even with the limited number of scenes under his kitty, Anthony Hopkins showed his grace in character portrayal. Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth were good in their characters. Ray Winstone was the perfect antagonist.
So to sum it up, Noah was an impressive take on the biblical story. I am not that aware of the reasons behind the controversies around the movie. They have visualized the whole concept in a very engaging way. My rating is 3.5/5 for Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended