Noah review by George Hooper - Cinema Paradiso
I understand the idea behind bringing a new vision to a biblical text, a fantastical yet relatable spin on the tale of Noah and his grueling task of saving humanity from itself. Director Darren Aronofsky has attempted to bring an added sense of struggle to the already famous story yet all that really comes across is the poor plotting and some even weaker performances from the films supposedly stellar cast.
Noah follows (surprise surprise) Noah (Russell Crowe) as he is sent a message from God showing him that he must embark on a quest to save the innocent from an impending disaster. With the help of his family he must build an ark capable of holding two of each animal before the hoards of men arrive and attempt to gain passage to his vessel. Along the way miracles and mistakes occur that forever change the story we all thought we knew.
While Crowe gives himself completely to the films bogus, ever so slightly offensive take on the story I cannot say the same for the rest of the cast with stellar performers like Anthony Hopkins and Jennifer Connolly reading their lines like the phone book. Regardless of this the film houses two terrific performances, oddly enough by Perks of Being A Wallflower leads Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, who is excelling in her post Harry Potter career.
Aronofsky, known for far out and oftentimes distressing films seems to have lost his edge with Noah as it fails to grip in the same ways as films like Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream. The visuals are wonderfully vivid and beautiful with a great use of the wide open spaces the film lives in but the picture is clunky and poorly edited making the film confusing in more than a few aspects.
While the film has a director with an eye for detail it fails to grasp the beauty of the story instead looking to make its own mark on the tale, a mark that feels more like a stain.