Noah – Review

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Noah Netflix Movie Review Rating Flixxpanda
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Genre Drama
Directed by Darren Aronofsky
Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, Anthony Hopkins
Released on March 10, 2014 (Mexico City premiere), March 28, 2014 (United States)
Duration 138 minutes
Flixxpanda Rating 6/10
Channel Netflix

So, the thing about Noah is it caused quite a bit of outrage in the religious communities purely because even though it alludes to Noah’s ark and the story in the Bible – the film isn’t really remotely related to it. It barely scrapes the “real” Noah’s story so why even name it that? I have no idea.

However, we’re not going to get into that. The movie is meant for the big silver screen. It’s got a brilliant soundtrack and all the fancy computer effects sounded and looked great in a theater. But the plot is a little strange. It feels like a new genre of Marvel meets Lord of The Rings films, except it’s not a super hero film and no dragons here either. Clearly the budget was seemingly limitless for this film. The special effects, the cast, everything is top notch.

The story begins with a narration of Adam and Eve and well, it goes downhill from there. Noah played by the glorious Russell Crowe does build an arc. But he turns into a much more menacing presence when his family is finally aboard the vessel along with the animals. Noah’s wife Naameh (Jennifer Connelly), his sons – Shem (Douglas Booth), Ham (Logan Lerman) and Japheth (Leo McHugh Carroll) – and Shem’s wife-to-be Ila (Emma Watson). Ila was adopted and is infertile. She has a scar on her stomach that alludes to her infertility and much explanation isn’t given about it beyond that. She does however become miraculously fertile, a supposed gift from above, a while into the movie.

After getting on the arc, Noah believes only the animals must survive so as to not anger the Creator again. He believes humanity should become extinct – at least that’s what he concludes after his mysterious dreams he believes are from the Creator. He decides he must kills his wife, his children and then finally himself – because humanity is sinful and there is no way we will ever improve. Add in the fact that Noah’s worst enemy Tubal-Cain board the arc and the two get into a terrorizing fight – it becomes tangled up. It’s just too many plots. Some plot fuse together well whereas others make the film laughable.

Director Aronofsky is a master of film making. Be it “The Fountain” or “Black Swan” he always goes big-scale and tries his very best. Spared no expense in grandeur. Brilliant themes and spectacular imagery seem to be right up his alley, but Noah felt a bit overdone to me. It’s beautiful, but too much.

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