Noah, is based on the famous biblical story of Noah's Ark. The movie could have been called Genesis 6-9 cause that is where the story is in The Book of Genesis. Now, being the nerd that I am, I actually read the story of Noah's Ark on my cell phone before I went to the cinema with my friends.
Biblically speaking, this story is not word for word accurate with what goes on with the film at all. Most people who watch this movie from a religious perspective will not like the film. But, people who watch this from a movie goers perspective will enjoy the film! Why? Because there just isn't much that is explained in Genesis 6-9. Noah's wife didn't even get a name mentioned in the story! The three sons didn't have any main role's in the story. There was no old man who was Noah's grandfather who lived in a cave! Oh yeah, thank God for Director Darren Aronofsky for writing Emma Watson's character into the story. No pun intended.
Overall I really enjoyed a lot of things about this movie because this is great story telling. Director Darren Aronofsky took like 15 pages of scripture from the bible and created a whole story out of it with dialogue. That has to take major research! There was nothing in the story of Noah's Ark that said that Noah had to fight off all of these sinners, heretics and people of Cain. We don't know what Noah said to his son's about not having kids! But as a filmmaker, that is what you have to do! You have to fill in the blanks! If I didnt know a damn thing about the story of Noah's Ark and I wanted to go and see a Russell Crowe movie, then yeah I would have totally bought all of this because it is pretty realistic. That is the whole job of a filmmaker is to take the unreal and to make it real. Filmmakers are story tellers and some story tellers try to be accurate, others try to make you believe that their story is real and some story tellers try to get you to believe what they are showing is the truth through their illusion.
Three Odd Balls
1. Why did Anthony Hopkins over due his creepiness factor in this film? Every part he was in was totally over done. Also, you see him like 5 times in the film and the first time you see him, you see that he's been living in a cave for like 150 years and he is all pale and hermit like. The next time you see him, he is on his death bed pretty much and he looks like a corpse! Now, the third time you see him, he is tan, white teeth and he is moving around and functioning normally. Those details really bothered me.
2. I love Jennifer Connelly for some reason. I just really admire her, don't ask me why. Maybe because there are so many famous "Jennifer's" out their and she is like the forgotten one. Anyway, she had 3 scenes where she had to stand up to Noah and Russell Crowe totally over powered her in her most important scenes. If I were the director, I would have hired another actress that could have handled Russell Crowe's screen dominance. OR I would have just said "YO RUSS", take it easy on her, will ya? Overall, she did a really good job preparing for this role, considering Noah's wife had one mention in the Genesis 6-9. She said to interviewers that she met and spoke with archeologists and historians to figure out a voice, manners and how women would act at the time. Now, maybe that added a lot to her character but Russell Crowe can totally over whelm you in any scene.
3. I would just like to point out the outfits in this film. I am pretty sure the women didnt have symmetrically low cut tops, wearing perfectly fitting long sleeves back then. Oh and yes, you see all of these nicely put together jackets and backpacks. That really threw me off. I am pretty sure people wore rags and what not... but what do I know.
I love how this film was totally romanticized. How they created magic and explained other stories through visions and showed other creatures we had never seen before. Like those rock giant things. I thought that was good. Because... how did Now build that big ark with out help from anyone besides his family? That is one big Ark? So, I can accept the fact that there were Rock Giants that protected Noah and helped him.
Emma Watson, well she is a really ugly cryer. Other than that, she did a really nice job.
1. Again, Russell Crowe. That is all I have to say. Like what do you expect from him? I thought he could have been Noah. His character progression throughout the story was amazing. He slowly went from this prophet, this protector or this savior to this tortured man who really wanted to follow the creators orders. So half way through the film, you see a complete 180 in his character as he is building the boat. Everyone starts to question his ways and to disagree with him. The book of Genesis didnt really go into detail of how hard it was for Noah to do this task.... especially cause he was 600 years old. His character progression could have told the story itself.
2. His second son, Ham played by Logan Lerman gave the story a great side route. This was a boy who was old enough to know the difference of being a man and a boy. Now, at this time meant to have a family is what would make you a man. He was upset that his father had a wife ready for his older brother and not him. So OBVIOUSLY he is going to be upset about it! He goes and runs into the village looking for a girl to save and take her to the ark. During this time we see that people are naturally good despite their sins and greed. So he brings this girl back and Noah doesnt save her at the end of the movie, creating this great tension between Ham and his father. I kind of viewed Ham like Scar from Lion King or Claudius from Hamlet. You know the character in the family who becomes somewhat evil.
3. People in this movie talked so close to each others faces. This really bothered me cause I couldn't imagine what their breath's smelled like back then.
Go and see this movie! Try not to take it too seriously and just enjoy it! It is a movie that is meant to be enjoyed and if you can see those themes in the movie than you can get what you want out of it. This is a great adapted screenplay that filled in so many blanks.
Until next time!