By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
The Biblical story of the flood sent by God to cleanse the world, and the ark built by Noah to save the animals of Earth, is told with epic reimagining in Director Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. The acting is top-notch, with Russel Crowe delivering a powerful performance as the main man on his divine mission, Ray Winstone busting out dark swagger as the villainous Tubal-cain, and Emma Watson oozing girl-next-door charm as the orphan Ila. The first half of the movie has enough gorgeous scenery and fantasy questing to rival Lord of the Rings, while the second half brings us close to the inner struggles of the characters aboard the ark.
Aronofsky, who has a reputation for being super artistic and edgy in his movies like Black Swan, The Wrestler, and The Fountain, doesn’t disappoint with his spellbinding visuals, believable characters, and deep examination of humanity’s struggle with morality. Noah, of course, takes some movie-like freedoms with the original story, like introducing massive rock beast guardians called the Watchers, who are fallen angels that gather to protect the ark-builder. Watching these stone cold mega beasts go crazy against Tubal-cain’s armies is like witnessing some mad combination of Transformers robots and Star Trek sci-fi aliens.
While the computer-generated imagery (CGI) used for all of the animals boarding the ark could have been done with more colorful detail, and the serious tone of the movie sometimes borders on overly hardcore drama, Noah is 100% worth your time and money. Our final verdict? We give it a solid “A”.
Images courtesy of Noah Movie Facebook.