Noah, with Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone & Anthony Hopkins. Director, Darren Aronofsky. I came up against quite a bit of hate towards the film, before it was released in theaters today. The complaint being that god was going to destroy the earth because of overpopulation & environmental concerns. Rather than mankind being guilty of particular sins. Therefore; automatic boycotts aplenty & self-righteous whining.
If these petty complaints, by people unfit to critique a film & unable to understand that it’s just a movie, were the only problems this film had; it would have been a success. Though riddled with excellent & fantastical effects, cast with excellent actors, each performing splendidly; it was a bore. A simple story from the bible drawn out to more than two hours.
After the exciting run up to the flood, it was a let down & I literally began to get sleepy. The movie began to drip with melodrama, syrupy & maudlin. I could barely wait for the ending credits to flee the theater. Before I began to completely lose interest, I was a bit amused that, what was supposed to be the Neolithic world, seemed to be a post-apocalyptic, science fiction nightmare. Which I watched patiently, realizing that artistic license is what it is.
All in all, Crowe was fabulously himself. Pertinent & ongoing towards his goal. The perfect Noah with a sensitive & abiding wife, expertly played by Connelly. It’s all so interesting to begin with & the plot well known enough that acceptance is already built in. But it all plays out too early.
I do recommend the film for viewing. It’s definitely a masterpiece, despite being overly long for a simple story. The cast is brilliant & one forgets that it’s a bible story brought to life. Vibrantly. The morality play inherent in the film, may not be what god intended; but it’s right & good.