With Easter festivities lurking around the corner and the world moving so rapidly one can hardly keep up, it is understandable why Paramount Pictures would release a biblical film of epic proportions that can only be reminded of the classic with Charlton Heston, “The Ten Commandments”. By comparison, our current world is in the very state that was the cornerstone of why Moses parts the Red Sea and lets it cave in on all the sinners. Money, Sex, Greed and Racism brought the world to an end then and it occurs once again in “Noah”. The film begins with a brief retelling of The Book of Genesis and the death of Abel at the hands of Cain. I should’ve known that this would be the beginning of the end for me with this film
Director Darren Aronofsky has established a very well-known style for taking extremely beloved stories (aka “The Black Swan”) and putting a dark twist on the the plot. Although I respect his creativity and desire to be a little avant grade in his execution of these films, I can’t say it is my favorite thing to watch.
In addition to the style execution, I had a few other pet peeves. First, there was no doubt that the Dolby sound system was intact, because it was by far the loudest film I had ever attended. I thought my head was going to split in two! Secondly, if it has been established that Noah’s “arc” is constructed out of wood, how is it possible to have a full wood burning fireplace in the middle of the vessel without it bursting into flames and sinking. Last, but not least, how is it that when Noah’s nemesis attempts to hack his way into the arc with a hatchet, it leaves a gapping hole, which surprisingly doesn’t sink the arc and this character finds his way onto the vessel without being discovered or drowned for quite some time.
Having said all of that, I appreciated the special effects (as overloaded as they were) and the acting was superb by all involved (especially since most of them are Oscar nominees or winners). I especially appreciated the comic relief provided by Sir Anthony Hopkins as Methuselah.
It’s a shame the onscreen reunion of Jennifer Connolly and Russell Crowe after “A Beautiful Mind” couldn’t have been a little more rewarding for them as artists. I love them both! However, even my love for these actors couldn’t make me sit throughout this entire film.
Needless to say none of these issues have deterred audiences from flocking to see “Noah”. Its opening weekend grossed more 44MM domestically and 106MM worldwide. “Noah” in in theaters now…