Cert: 12A Runtime: 138 mins Director: Darren Aronofsky Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth and Anthony Hopkins
A great flood is coming! We build a vessel to survive the fall! We build an Ark
Darren Aronofsky is in a league of his own when it comes to film making. I am a great admirer of his work from Pi to Black Swan. After here a few years back that he was tackling Noah, I must admit I was very surprised but not at the same time. He has created very dark stories from such different perspectives, for that he is a true master of his craft. Walking into this film I had no idea what I was in for. So what is Noah about? When Noah (Russell Crowe) experiences visions of a catastrophic deluge, he seeks advice from his grandfather Methuselah (Anthony Hopkins). Methuselah reveals that the disaster foretold is God’s punishment for man’s corruption of the world. It is Noah’s destiny to construct a vessel to save the lives of the innocent. Together with his wife Naameh (Jennifer Connelly), their sons Shem (Douglas Booth) and Ham (Logan Lerman), and family friend Ila (Emma Watson), he sets about building a giant wooden ark. But the terrible impending flood is not the only challenge Noah faces. A violent tribe of warriors led by his nemesis Tubal-cain (Ray Winstone) want the ark for themselves!
Darren Aronofsky always uses any available opportunity to un-bare the dark side of human beings. If you had a chance to see the films I’ve mentioned above, then you might agree with me. But without good actors, Darren Aronofsky would never be able to achieve what he has achieved now.Russell Crowe brought two sides to Noah: a good and a bad side. Russell knows exactly how to disappear in the character he needs to play. In my opinion, Russell was quite emotional in a couple scenes. He can make his viewers love him and hate him at the same time. But it’s definitely not the performance of the Year, but his acting was quite solid to assure you.Jennifer Connelly has shared the screen with Russell Crowe before in “Beautiful Mind. She also has experienced working with Aronofsky in “Requiem for a Dream.” In “Noah” Jennifer is superb as Naameh. The speech to Noah was absolutely speechless. She really didn’t have enough dialogue what so ever! But you can sense she really is the lynch pin of the family. I was quite surprised with Emma Watson’s performance as Ila, she was captivating personally her star keeps rising film by film.
This has everything we’ve come to expect from Aronofsky: solid production values in every aspect, with a solid, and nicely limited(so that there is room for them all to represent some element endemic to us Homo Sapiens, and this is very much a character study of our titular protagonist, and an examination of humanity) cast, a compelling Clint Mansell score, and, of course, amazing(and all with a distinct purpose, artistically) visuals(the desperation of a dying breed is one of the images that will stick with you, something that is in everything Darren has helmed), employing techniques not often seen in the mainstream, including silhouette(such as a brief and stunning extrapolation of Cain) and time-lapse photography(the construction process itself). There is a lot of brutality, gory, violent and disturbing content and some sexuality in this, none of it gratuitous. I recommend this to anyone not put off by it being based on a Genesis account or the fact that it takes liberties with it.Darren Aronofsky brought us a different Noah: – Noah, that can be good and bad. But it does not matter how far he will go to save his family and animals from the flood. In the end, he will not fail the Creator. Because love, compassion, and mercy is all what we need to live our lives with dignity.