Director: Darren Aronofsky
The director of this movie, Darren Aronofsky (who also directed The Wrestler, starring Mickey Rourke which I gave a five star review to a few years ago), has been quoted as saying that this is the least Biblical Bible movie ever made, and this is one case where I think he might have been better served staying a little closer to the source material, which as you may recall from Sunday School is plenty wild enough on its own. You have to know your audience with a movie with subject matter like this. The people who will attend a Biblical epic will most likely be expecting something akin to the Ten Commandments, or Passion of the Christ etc… Those people will most likely not make it through half of this film before hitting the stop button. Now if that was the intent, then that is an unfair criticism (but a fair warning) however there were other factors here that strained my enjoyment of this movie. The Noah presented in this movie is an unlikable asshole played by the king of unlikable assholes (Russell Crowe – and I say that with all due deference and admiration for this most admirable characteristic, in certain confines), and the story is a weird mix of the Hobbit meets Transformers, meets Ferngully. Giant rock monsters (the Nephilim) and a bizarre family storyline that sees Noah convinced his job is to murder his newborn grandchildren and assorted other out there shenanigans made this one more of a head scratcher than an eye catcher for yours truly, although there is some great effects and good acting to behold here.
This review was adapted and revised from an earlier one.