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With sweeping visuals grounded by strong performances in service of a timeless tale told on a human scale, Darren Aronofsky's Noah brings the Bible epic into the 21st century.
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In a single sequence, Aronofsky combines creationism, Darwinian evolution, original sin, the end of days, and radical environmentalism.
For all the high-tech showmanship on display, this retelling of Noah and the Ark marks a serious effort to engage with the Old Testament as a literary text.
Something has been lost in the storm.
In some ways, Noah resembles one of those Kirk Cameron movies about the apocalypse, only with a better cast and more dazzling special effects.
It's overlong and a times sluggish. The fights and battles, designed to give an epic fantasy feel to the movie, are grave miscalculations. And the overabundance of CGI often makes Noah look like a video game.
A cinematic enigma -- both maddening and magnificent... "Noah" requires a leap of faith, but if you are willing to take a chance it is a film that will challenge and impress.
Throw in some plot holes that left me annoyed, and it was a rough way to spend two hours and 18 minutes.
Noah is a worthy, ambitious mess of a movie, and as a deeply personal new take on an old tale, it's the kind of mess we could use a bit more often from Hollywood.
Once the film has blown it's CGI load, it turns into a kitchen sink drama, an episode of Eastenders as directed by Mike Leigh.
However, it is a vessel of work - much like Noah's dependable yet claustrophobic Ark - that can hold its share against rough waters while finding a point of tranquility in its cautionary life lessons of human misguidance and mischievousness.
Darren Aronofsky's take on the story of Noah's Ark intuitively imagines the whole saga within the grammar of a more familiar fantasy-action, Lord of the Rings-style universe.
A multilayered parable that defies us to consider the implications of serving the demands of a cruel, manipulative, petty and sadistic Creator (entity and faith) instead of facing Him to follow our hearts - which is something that unfortunately happens even today with many religious people.
Overblown epic; grandiose filmmaking watered down by self-seriousness.
Game performances, amazing special effects but too cumbersome to get through.
It has some glaring flaws, but overall, Noah is an enjoyable movie that is entertaining and thought-provoking. Aronofsky deftly blends his own unique interpretation of the story with the Biblical power and mysticism of the original. The film is a visual treat and features fantastic, powerful performances from Crowe and Watson.
An impressive visual achievement but the script sinks on ice.
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