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Noah – So what did you think?

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Well, you’ve heard what I had to say – which was a lot – about Noah, auteur Darren Aronofksy’s beautifully made, powerfully acted, complex take on the Biblical story of Noah and the Ark. I mentioned a few times in my review that while Noah is highly imaginative, it’s also a bit weird in places, and gets very dark with some moral questions being  posed that are heavier than the heart of a star.

All of this means that there’s a very good chance that this movie will have a Marmite appeal. No, I don’t mean it smells funny and only works with cheese. I mean, you’re either going to love it or hate. So which side of that divide do you fall on?

As always, this article is for people who have already seen the movie, so SPOILERS are allowed and probably rampant. If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t come crying to me about it when you read things you shouldn’t have.

Last Updated: April 7, 2014


  1. Still need to see this!


  2. Acornbread

    April 9, 2014 at 11:00

    I watched it last night and I was blown away. As a huge fan of Aronofsky’s work I went in biased so naturally it surprised and delighted me.

    It’s a technical masterpiece and a visual feast. This alone makes it worth seeing. I wish I could have watched a 2D screening though, the 3D was quite unnecessary.

    The performances are brilliant and heart rending. It’s so rare to find a big budget film on such an epic scale that is actually composed of good and intelligent dialogue instead of cheesy catch phrases. I was genuinely moved.

    The story is… odd. Throughout the entire film, I found myself uncertain whether I actually liked it or not. It seems to me that Aronofsky’s vision exceeds the scope of his narrative blueprint i.e. the biblical story of Noah. Like Kervyn said in his review, the framework is there but the story is largely a reimagining. Now perhaps I’ve failed to grasp all the allegorical nuances of the original but what I saw in Aronofsky’s take was such a vast and multi-layered wealth of symbolic and critical observation about the human/universal condition that the story almost seemed to get in the way, like it was bursting at the seams from the pressure. On the other hand, perhaps the story was integral in grounding those observations; without it the film might just be a case of cinematic masturbation.

    By the end though I loved it. Judging by his previous films, this warrants repeated watching. Like with The Fountain, there are probably many things I have yet to notice.


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