It’s time to get biblical.
I want to start off saying I went into the theater with the glass half full…or empty. My church going friend I took with me told me her expectations for this movie were high at a 76% mine was at a low of 50%. I’m so happy to tell you how wrong I was!
Noah brings our imaginations to life in this stunning drama from the classic tale of the bible. You know how it goes; the world is evil and corrupt and God calls out to Noah to inform him of the impending storm that will fall for forty days and forty nights to cleanse the world. God instructs that Noah is to build an ark and to shelter two of every animal (male and female) to start over in the new world. Noah is played by Russell Crowe (Les Miserables, A beautiful Mind, Gladiator) who does a fantastic job of a man burdened with conflict who only wants to follow the proper word of God. Jennifer Connelly (Blood Diamond, Hulk, Requiem) plays his wife Naameh who really drew me into the story with brilliant acting. It was flawless. Then there are Noah’s three son’s Shem, Ham and Japheth played by Douglas Booth, (Lol, Worried about the Boy, Romeo and Juliet *2013) Logan Lerman, (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief, 3:10 to Yuma, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and Leo McHugh Carroll. And then there is the young girl who is taken in by Noah and his family Ila played by Emma Watson ( Harry Potter series, This Is the End, My Week with Marilyn) who’s come a long way from Hermione Granger! We also have Ray Winstone (The Departed, Hugo, Sexy Beast) who plays as Tubal-Cain the self renowned King of the world and Anthony Hopkins (Hannibal, Thor, Red Dragon) playing Noah’s grandfather.
Watching this movie play out reminded me of my Catholic School girl days. I was reminded of the story that followed shortly after Adam and Eve were cast out of the forbidden forest. Of what transpired between their three sons, how evil was spread, the fall of the angels all of which I had forgotten came rushing back in this visual masterpiece from Darren Aronofsky’s fantastic imagination. Groundbreaking visuals, strong acting (here’s looking at you Emma and Jennifer) and the shocking story of what actually took place on the ark, which no one’s ever delved into before. All that gives us a cinematic treasure.
I will say this. Despite that it’s a movie inspired from the bible, heavy church goers may not enjoy this. It leans more towards fantasy than a bible study lesson. Just putting that out there for those people who know who they are. It’s entertainment not a religious debate remember that!
Now this movie made a killing on its opening weekend flying to the top with a box office opening of $43.7 Mill and Rotten Tomatoes gave this movie a deserved rating of 75%
Do yourself a favor. No matter what your opinions or beliefs go see this movie. It’s amazing! PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and suggestive content.
P.S. My church going friend loved it! Just putting that out there for those people who know who they are.