"ANYONE HAVE AN UMBRELLA?" - NOAH Review by Steve Oatney -
OK, so I just commented on my friend Matt’s Facebook update regarding Darren Aronofsky’s new film, Noah…
"Not speaking historically… not speaking religiously… not speaking biblically… but I kind of rather dug the movie, even with the rock monster transformer angels. Yeah, I got to write the words: "rock monster transformer angels" today, in a sentence, and that rocks. Pun intended."
Admittedly, I stole the “Transformers” reference from my dear friend Dave, over at daveonfilm.com. While I don’t necessarily agree with his whole review’s arguments, I loved his description of the unorthodox angels which are sure to enrage many movie-goers.
In my opinion, Aronofsky has put together an enjoyable film, with a good storyline, special effects, and lead actors. Russell Crowe (Gladiator), Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind), and Emma Watson (the Harry Potter series) all deliver rich, believable, and engaging performances while supporting roles filled by Ray Winstone (The Departed), Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs), and Logan Lerman (the Percy Jackson series) also help the film hold up its plausibility, even within the framework of such supernatural and incredibly fantastic elements.
On a strange side-note, I did get the feeling that the movie-makers were trying, in a rather heavy-handed way, to tell us that vegetarianism is more than just a good idea, but that it is downright evil to eat any sorts of meat. Not sure why this became such an important moral to be told in this film, but I heard it, loud and clear. I’m guessing that beef.org was not an investor in the movie.
Will this film please everyone? No way. Will most Americans go to the theater with preconceived notions of what it is, or what it should be? Yes, for sure. Will the film make a ton of money? It already has, as it opened at number one in the box office and has made over $44 Million in estimated ticket sales. Though I cannot recommend this film for everyone, I can say that I had a good time watching it, and hope that you will too.
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