“Noah”: A Breathtaking Dystopian Interpretation
By Bee Hawkins
Published: April 24, 2014 @ 10:33 PM EDT
I went to see this movie expecting to see a traditional biblical movie and was totally blown away with Darren Aronofsky’s interpretation. Noah is not a “spiritual” movie. Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” was a very spiritual movie. What you see is the cold hard ‘facts’ – according to Aronofsky. It is a dystopian interpretation, where everything is as bad as it can be.
That being said, Russell Crowe gave a powerful performance as Noah. Jennifer Connelly played his long-suffering wife Naameh. Emma Watson is amazing as Ila, the wife of Noah’s eldest son, Shem who was played by Douglas Booth. I personally think Watson is the true star of this movie. Ray Winstone, my most favorite bad guy, plays Tubal-cain, Noah’s meat-eating adversary.
I enjoyed everything about the movie. The cinematography was breathtakingly beautiful, filmed entirely in Iceland with gorgeous desert vistas, and rolling mountains. And let’s not forget the CGI, which was incredibly realistic.
I highly recommend Noah for the whole family.
Noah is rated PG-13 and is 2 hours and 19 minutes in length.
4 out of 5 stars.
Title: Noah (2014)
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins
Synopsis: A modern interpretation of the biblical story of Noah. The story of Noah follows the lineage of Adam and Eve and their descendants where humanity had degenerated into cruelty and barbarism. As a result, God regretted having created mankind. However, only Noah, his wife and his three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth found favor with God and warned Noah that He would destroy the earth and instructed Noah to build an ark and to take seven pairs of every animal on board. God caused the rain to flood the earth for forty days and forty nights. When the rain eventually subsided, and the flood diminished Noah sent a dove to scout for dry land. When the dove returned with an olive leaf Noah knew there was dry land. Noah and his family are instructed by God to go forth and multiply on the earth. The story of Noah can be found in Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament.