Excerpt: In this Lord’s Lord of the Rings, images have great clarity, detail, and tinting, the first half playing out as a quest through vast vistas with background mountains, battlegrounds, and stone creatures that look and sound distinctly like Ent forest shepherds. You can see each strand of Noah’s beard, and fabrics reveal threads, weave, and loose pieces of wool, while boulders have distinct rough surfaces.
Summary: Noah may spectacularly dramatize the end of the world — or is it the beginning of a new one? — but it’s the quieter moments that leave a lasting impression. This Paramount Blu-ray delivers a fantastic A/V presentation and bonus material that gives you a nice peek of what Aronofsky is like on a film set.
Conclusion: I was a big fan of Noah . It has a lot going for it, including what is easily one of Russell Crowe’s best performances in years. It is also a crazy action-epic, with fantastical elements that certainly allow for it to standout and feel like a film that should be seen just based on its existence and for Darren Aronofsky getting the chance to do something like this.
Excerpt: Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky creates a different kind of biblical epic with Noah , one that is more action blockbuster than sobering religious narrative. A star-studded cast headlined by Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, and Emma Watson tackle the story of Noah and his ark. This is not the tale as it’s told in the Bible – Aronofsky’s Noah colors way outside the lines in an attempt to add dramatic appeal and possibly re-invent its themes for a less religious audience.
Excerpt: The Film If you open up your Bible (you have one of those, right?), you'll notice that Noah doesn't actually get too many pages. Apparently though, it was just enough to spark something in director Darren Aronofsky ( Black Swan ). According to Wikipedia , Aronofsky has been interested in Noah since the seventh grade. Then somewhere in between The Fountain and The Wrestler , he announced plans to bring his longtime passion to the big screen.
Conclusion: Noah won't fully satisfy those excited by the prospect of a big, lavish retelling of the Old Testament story. This epic Darren Aronofsky drama asks to be judged on its own terms, but doesn't fully work that way either, some good, powerful moments coming amidst random head-scratchers involving battles and stowaways. It's ambitious and bold enough to be surprised that the results are simply mediocre and not much better or worse.
Conclusion: Like many other adaptations (be it historical or fiction) over the years, Darren Aronofsky takes liberties in his vision for Noah , using the sparse infrastructure supplied by scripture to tell a tale of humanity's corrupt reach, the judgment of their Creator, and the man tasked with preserving life during the cleansing apocalypse through outlandish means.
Excerpt: I’ve never been much of the church-going type, but I think it’s safe to say that almost every person in the world has heard the story of Noah and his ark. From the book of Genesis, God saved Noah, his family and a remnant of all the world’s animals from the great flood. Now I won’t turn this review into a Theology lesson, so we’ll just leave that alone. But there is some element that does amaze me about the entire story.