Noah Is Insane, in a Good Way
Critics say Aronofsky's biblical epic is ambitious if uneven
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 28, 2014 9:54 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Admit it: You weren't expecting the reviews for Noah to be good. But the biblical epic, directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly, is actually getting a lot of praise—even if most of it acknowledges that the movie is nuts. Here's what people are saying:

  • "Noah is less an epic than a horror movie," writes AO Scott at the New York Times. "The most potent special effects are Mr. Crowe’s eyes." Crowe's Noah is "a genocidal lunatic" who believes he "has been chosen not to save mankind but to ensure its annihilation." Yeah, this is a dark, risky film, because Aronofsky "takes the narrative and its implications seriously," imagining "what it might have felt like to live in a newly created, already-ruined world."

  • "First of all, let's acknowledge that Darren Aronofsky's Noah was a bad idea," writes Alex O'Hehir at Salon. But "at least it's a bad idea on a grand scale." Aronofsky seems to have realized how screwed he was, and gone wild, producing "a grandiose and baffling journey that's almost worth taking. ... When it connects it's awesome, and when it doesn't it's awesomely silly."
  • It's "like some hallucinogenic, parallel-universe version of the History Channel's Bible series," writes Stephen Rea at the Philadelphia Inquirer. "Noah is not, for even one second, dull. Aronofsky's film is crazy, bold, and, yes, biblical," though it's unclear "how all of this will play with by-the-book Christian moviegoers."
  • But Alonso Duralde at The Wrap thinks Aronofsky has actually reined himself in too much to avoid ruffling the faithful's feathers. "Noah has snakes and bears and herbalist anesthesia and rock-angels and rampaging armies and panicky sinners, so why is it such a drag?" he asks. It's "a movie that will please neither the 'Son of God' crowd nor the people excited about a reunion between the director and leading lady of Requiem for a Dream."

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OrneryPup
Mar 31, 2014 2:39 AM CDT
I haven't seen this one, but several years ago Jon Voight was Noah in a made for TV version of Noah's Ark. It only loosely followed the bible, VERY loosely. But it was a fun movie to watch. Great cast.
user99
Mar 30, 2014 5:33 PM CDT
Like most of Aronofsky's movies, at least it makes you think. I've liked his work ever since I saw Pi.
fractal
Mar 28, 2014 3:55 PM CDT
Have only seen the trailers, but I think the actors and costumes look positively Scots-Irish. Kinda a Braveheart does Noah. Perhaps it is our hatred of all things Mid-Eastern right now, but shouldn't a 4000 year old Jewish Clan be a little darker and have bigger noses?