(Spoilers, Sorry) This is a classic case of the trailer making the film look better than it actually is. I had been waiting for Noah to come out for a while as I came across it a while ago and I saw that Russell Crowe was playing Noah and I was excited to watch this movie. Unfortunately, I just did not get it, I’m sure that everyone knows the basic story of Noah’s Ark, and i’m pretty sure it was nothing like the film? I mean the basic concept was the same as in there is a man called Noah that is told by God, or in the film known as The Creator, to build an ark to save the innocent (animals) from the floods. I watched the first fifteen/twenty minutes and I genuinely felt a bit confused, not that the film is confusing, just to me personally it was not what I was expecting. The film is not all bad, I think some of it was filmed in Iceland and it is just beautiful, some of the scenes were unbelievable. I also liked some of the filming, there were these shots which I guess would be called mini jump cuts that were following this stream and as it goes along the stream the surroundings are changing, it was just really cool.
One huge positive for this film is some of the cast, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly who plays Noah’s wife Naameh, Anthony Hopkins plays Noah’s grandfather Methuselah, Ray Winstone plays Tubal-Cain and Emma Watson plays Ila. I thought that Crowe’s performance, as usual, was phenomenal and was most likely the most believable performance in the film. There were times throughout the film that were meant to be emotional, touching and serious but sometimes were just a bit awkward and not in a good way. I liked the fact that Darren Aronofsky included some of his own ideas and changed it slightly, I am not saying I liked those ideas, but I liked the fact he had the guts to do that. Noah had three sons, Shem his oldest played by Douglas Booth, Ham played by Logan Lerman, and Japheth his youngest son played by Leo McHugh Carroll, out of the three Ham seems to get the most screen time and is also the son you learn most about, he’s a little rebellious against Noah and for good reason. There are these ‘Fallen Angles’ that are known as ‘Watchers’ which are in the Bible however in this film turn into giant stone Golem things when they disappoint The Creator, which I found a bit strange and they turned into giant stone warrior Golems things…yeah. As much as I liked Russell Crowe as Noah, i’m not really sure on how I felt about the film as a whole, there were times throughout the film where it was meant to be very sad but I was almost going the other way and finding it a bit funny due to the acting of Emma Watson, at times it felt forced rather than natural.
The film felt rather long, the film is around 2 hours and 20 minutes which is a long time for anyone. In the film they are on the ark for at least 9 months, and the man that is against saving all the animals and feels that people should be on the ark, Ray Winstone’s character Tubal-Cain, is hiding on the ark. I found this hard to believe in a film that was meant to be realistic and believable, because Noah, or his family had to go around the ark and put the animals to sleep with this scent that they created, how did they not spot him for over 9 months? Although, I thought that Ray Winstone’s performance was brilliant, he was a truly selfish man that was going to do anything for what he believed in, similar to Noah just on the opposite end of the spectrum.
As much as I think Anthony Hopkins is a great actor and he did a great job with Methuselah, the character in a realistic and believable world would just be seen as crazy. I won’t go into to much detail on what role he has to play or what he does in the film, but he is funny and just a tiny bit mad. Talking of crazy and mad, Noah was certainly that towards the end. It was slightly disturbing thinking about some of the things that Noah said he would do, all because of a dream. At one point of the film Noah allows a young woman to be crushed to death due to The Creator telling him that Humanity needs to end, he really was borderline psycho. However thinking about it, it is a really clever move from Aronofsky because at first you think it is just the simple Good vs Evil, Noah vs Tubal-Cain, but you start to question whether does Tubal-Cain have a point? Was Noah a little bit crazy and was taking things to far?
Overall I felt that this film was a bit of a let down, not that it was bad but after seeing the trailer and all the hype for it, sadly it just did not live up to expectations. Some strong performances from Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Ray Winstone kept the film entertaining at times. The film had some potentially good sub plots, unfortunately they were hard to connect to due to the way that the characterisation of Noah’s two sons was limited and we were almost more familiar with Emma Watson’s character, Ila. Some of the scenes and the special effects in the film are phenomenal, without them the film would have struggled to keep some people interested. The film makes you ask a lot of questions but it is also strange and could leave you wondering “what did I just watch?”