Darren Aronofsky brings the story of Noah's Ark to the big screen with this Paramount/New Regency religious drama. Aronofsky directs from his own script cowritten by Ari Handel and John Logan. Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, and Emma Watson head up the starring cast. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
Release Date: Mar 28, 2014
Rated: PG-13 Disturbing Images, Brief Suggestive Content and Violence
Runtime: 2 hr. 17 min.
Genres: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins
Religion films are always going to be a touch call because they’ll either be too faithful or they’ll deviate too far from the scripture. Either option will result in factions of believers and non believers being turned off by the material on display. Darren Aronofsky’s Noah isn’t a by the letter retelling of the story even though it hits all the major points. Within 10 minutes of the film you’ll be able to tell where you stand with it, depending on your beliefs. Personally, I found a bombastic but loving cinematic take of a very familiar tale. Aronofsky delivers a film that’s beautiful to look at and engaging at the same time. The film is over 2 hours long but in never really drags as the story keeps you engaged throughout. Russell Crowe gives us one of his most earnest performances in a long while with supporting cast rounding an all around well made movie. Jennifer Connelly in particular has a wonderful moment to shine near the end of the film but its Crowe’s film through and through. Crowe gives us a realistic idea of what Noah would have experienced mentally while Aronofsky gives us a wonderfully dense thesis on hard line scripture vs. interpretation. It’s a fascinating idea played out with characters that are so ingrained in most of our collective psych that is sure to upset one faction or the other. In the end your personal enjoyment of the film will depend on your beliefs. At it’s core, it’s a wonderfully filmed, acted and produced film which deserves to be seen.