From Requiem for a Dream (2000) to Black Swan (2010), Darren Aronofsky has never failed me. And I’m very happy to report he still hasn’t. I had my doubts about this film, just because it seemed so different to anything he’s done before and, frankly, I didn’t think I could truly like a Bible story movie. I kinda loved it, though. I’ve never read the story of Noah (nor any of the Bible), but, yeah, I could tell he took several liberties with the material. It didn’t bother me one bit though - anything he added didn’t seem out of place in what is essentially a fantasy film. Upon further thought and a little reading, I think I understand what the film is saying, but I think a lot of people will miss it, for whatever reason. Russell Crowe’s good and so is Jennifer Connelly, as well as veterans like Anthony Hopkins and Ray Winstone. However, I felt the younger actors let the film down a little. They’re not awful or anything, just not quite strong enough to carry the material. It’s pretty impressive on a technical level, too. The cinematography is gorgeous and Aronofsky’s direction is impeccable. Not all of the CGI is good, but there are some absolutely awesome action sequences. It’s a very brave and ambitious film from Aronofsky that has, and will continue to, divide people and I truly praise him for it.
I feel very conflicted about this film. There were good things about it, and then were bad things about it, and I just can’t make up my mind how I feel about it overall. There were probably more things I didn’t like, to be honest. The characters were far too hipster, for one. Way too much quirkiness going on. The dialogue wasn’t very good and filled with cliches. I thought Logan Lerman was severely lacking in charisma and Emma Watson was just bad and not natural at all. Her character was the manic pixie dream girl trope incarnate. I straight-up hated some of the film, really. It wasn’t all bad though. Ezra Miller was good, and in a completely different way to his amazing performance in We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011). Near the end, it got quite dark and interesting. It was a little too late though, and it still ended as a film to comfort teenagers in their confusion and misery of adolescence.