If you want out-of-this-world effects and a striking depiction of Noah’s story, and the souls he saved, then you’ll be happy to know director Darren Aronofsky successfully brought the story to life.
The man, who gave us ‘Black Swan’ and ‘Requiem for a Dream,’ now presents Russell Crowe as Noah, the biblical figure who saved the innocents (every non-human species) on the planet from a catastrophic flood.
God asked Noah to save those who had not betrayed him and to start a new life with a moral beginning.
Crowe is Noah. With this performance, you’re reminded of his old characters, such as Maximus, who fought for survival and justice. Noah is a man who is smart (and quite frankly, needs to be) and has the aptitude to fight, maintain composure, protect and follow his moral guidance from God. He is the leader most would admire and follow in order to endure a meaningful life and, at the end of the day, to live.
Of those who follow him (for the most part) are his family members, played by a really quite talented group of actors. Jennifer Connelly, who coincidently played his wife in ‘A Beautiful Mind,” is the partner and support he desperately needs. Connelly represents Naameh perfectly. Her eyes reveal her emotions before her lines are delivered. Dare it be said, at some points, she might be the one you root for instead of the hero, Noah.
Emma Watson is the next most familiar and current Hollywood star most would recognize. This role is a departure from her previous jobs and it was pleasant to see her in this incredibly huge motion picture. This film showed her range. At first there was hesitance on my part to see if Watson could convince, but she shined. Her character, Ila, was rescued and welcomed into the family where she comfortably fit, but she also carried a burden. Watson impressed, to say the least, conveying struggle.
But how could Anthony Hopkins be forgotten? He couldn’t. Noah’s grandfather, Methuselah, is the wise and loyal man of God. Just by looking at his character, you know he is full of information and the wisdom one needs to listen to. Hopkins has the innate ability to become whoever he chooses to portray and there’s no other way to describe it.
But if you aren’t particularly going to see how the actors portray their characters, you’ll enjoy the stunning cinematography of this film. The abundance of open land and the richness of Earth is vivid and is a symbolism for innocence. It’s untouched.
Epic is an apt word to describe the fight scenes, the flood and construction of the ark itself. It may be overused for blockbusters such as this, but it’s appropriate considering the influential and important story to many.