Darren Aronofsky’s liberal retelling of the classic Genesis myth is notably epic in both its newly modernised relevance, and its biblically requisite sense of scale. However, much of the tale’s innate simplicity appears to have become forfeit to revision, and as such, Noah‘s power is left sadly lacking.
Visually, Aronofsky’s Noah is as impressive as one would expect. Smooth alternations between spasmodic human perspective and slow, arcing displays of capacious devastation seamlessly coalesce into a continuous stream – greatly indicative of Aronofsky’s characteristic “hip-hop” editing practices; though the perpetual use of repeatedly-suspect CG beasts leaves much to be desired.
Despite Noah‘s vivid surface appeal, it ultimately fails to recreate the tale’s original sense of thematic unity, and thus becomes acutely aware of its own deprived meaning.
CAST: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins
DIRECTOR: Darren Aronofsky
WRITERS: Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel
SYNOPSIS: Chosen by God, a man must work to protect all that is without sin from an apocalyptic flood.