Director Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” opened last weekend to a plethora of contradicting reviews; most of them negative. But before everybody gets up in arms about the biblical story from the Old Testament, let’s remember one thing: It’s only a movie.
The film starts out by telling us that “in the beginning there was nothing.” That right there had the fundamentalist out of their seats, because in the beginning there was God. If we can get past that, we proceed to the story of Adam and Eve, the forbidden sin, and Cain, Abel, and Seth. As we know from the story, Cain makes a wrong turn by killing his brother Abel, and Noah (Russell Crowe) is the last descendent of Seth. Noah, his wife (Jennifer Connelly), and his three sons, live off the land in a “take only what you need” environmentalist paradigm, but he knows that man has turned evil and is destroying the Earth.
Noah now has a vision from what we believe is the creator, though the word God is never used: Humanity is going to be destroyed. He seeks help from his grandfather, Methuselah (Anthony Hopkins, looking like Yoda), and the plan becomes apparent. Noah must build an ark that will be big enough to carry two of every species on Earth in order to propagate life after a mammoth flood comes and destroys everything on the planet.
This is where the movie turns a bit silly. Some fallen angels that appear to be Play-Doh-like Transformers offer Noah help building the ark. (What is a movie without Transformers?) Not only do the Transformers help build the ark, but they also offer protection from an unhappy camper named Tubal-cain (Ray Winstone). Tubal-cain is a descendent of Cain, who wants to seize the ark and kill Noah.
Although people are going to complain about the inaccuracies of the movie, I would like to remind everyone that the story of “Noah’s Ark” in the Old Testament is written by man (who by the way is not infallible). According to the Bible, Noah was 500-years old at the time of the flood; so either people lived longer, or it was interpreted by man that he lived longer. Point being, the Bible can be interpreted in many ways. If this movie can get people interested in the story to the point where someone will actually pick up a Bible and read it, then Aronofsky has done his job. See “Noah” on IMAX
My Review: 4 of 5 Drought Busters.