Noah (Darren Aronofsky, 2014) Review



Plot: Based on the bible story; Noah’s Ark. Noah is chosen by the Creator to build an ark and save two of each animal before an apocalyptic flood wipes out humanity. Noah struggles to get his family, including wife, Naameh, three sons, Seth, Japeth and Ham and an adopted daughter, Ila, safely onboard. While outsiders led by Tubal-Cain try and infiltrate the ark and save themselves.

Review: Aronofsky has crafted a visually stunning portrait of Noah and the story of his ark. Although Aronofsky took many liberties with the short tale of Noah’s ark they pay off in a well-plotted and emotionally compelling story. Matching the visual beauty Russell Crowe shines as the conflicted hero. His quiet determination recalls his earlier roles in Gladiator and The Insider, which remind us how amazing he was and still can be. Also Emma Watson is beginning to shake off her Hermione days as Noah’s adopted daughter Ila, who brings the light and soul to this ultimately dark tale of loss and redemption. Overall a satisfying film, with beautiful imagery, strong plot and acting, Aronofsky has created another great film. Not his best however a strong film to start off 2014’s blockbuster season.

Rating: 3 Stars

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