I am going to scream SPOILER ALERT right here because in reviewing this movie it is going to be hard not to let some stuff slip! Noah is based more upon the graphic novel of the same name rather than the account in the biblical book of Genesis. Aronofsky’s and Ari Handel version is a far from the humble religious tale you may recall. To begin with Noah (Russell Crowe) is a Mad Max style warrior dealing with a band of fallen angels who have six arms, no wings and are made of stone. His grandfather methuselah (Anthony Hopkins) is some sort of wizard, and Tubal Cain (Ray Winstone) self-proclaimed King of man who represents the collective sins that we all have inside of us. Noah’s and his wife Naameh (Jennifer Connelly) work with sons Shem (Douglas Booth), Ham (Logan Lerman Japheth (Leo McHugh Carroll) and adoptive daughter Ila (Emma Watson) to build the Arc and populate a new earth free of sin and wickedness of man.
I enjoyed it for what it was, a movie, I did not go in with any real expectations and so was not disappointed in what I got. The vision behind the story was his own and while I enjoyed some of the elements such as the stars being visible during the day, in a nod to a younger earth and much closer stars. The role of the Angels in helping Noah build and defend the Arch. The back story of Cain and Able, and the splitting of tribes. Visually it was astounding. The setup of a ruined world barren of all the gifts that Eden provided due to man’s corruption felt in balance with the story. However it felt slightly preachy, not in a biblical sense but in an environmentalist sort of way. Over all the religious elements are downplayed, I can’t remember if God is actually mentioned but rather referred to as The Creator. I laughed out loud at the depiction of Adam and Eve for one, they looked like the glowing beings from Cocoon. The magical rocks called “Zohar,” a glowing golden rock that acts like oil or gun powder has absolutely no explanation. The suggestive support of vegetarianism however was the worst of the lot, branding us meat eater’s sinners that should leave the poor beasts alone.
Why did I chose this movie, well it’s been on the watch list a while now and I do like apocalyptic movies so why not start with the original one! The first half’s good the wickedness of and Noah’s struggles to build the Arc but the second half Noah turns into a homicidal manic like Jack in the Shining leaves his sons crippled girlfriend to be trampled to death and tries to kill his sons baby’s. It’s The Bible meets Supernatural meets The Shining Meets The Day After Tomorrow. Go and have a watch, the story is good be it a tad long and the performances are solid!