Aranofsky's skill is in small dramas, not visual epics. The first half of Noah is laughably amateurish, even incompetent: poor story, effects, acting and music, and the worst opening sequence in some time (that font?!). Things improve hugely in act 2 after The Flood, when humanity and conflict take centre stage - solidly in the director's comfort zone. The last act ('regretful Kenny Rogers') is woefully undercooked.
The year's oddest misfire, a film where some elements are so awe-inspiringly bad that they overshadow that Aronofsky (who I was never fully on board with) actually has something interesting to say about sin, purity, Biblical epics, and the God of Wrath. But for whatever reason, he fleshes it out with Avatar/LotR blockbuster cliches and terrible CGI. One of the worst of 2014, yet one of the most fascinating.
An unfortunate follow-up to the brilliant "Black Swan"... why did Aronofky decide to spent his first big budget on an a biblical epic? The film is not terrible: nice visuals and Jennifer Connelly sort of make up for a boring Noah, his runway-ready older son and some silly scenes. But after the smart and edgy Swan, this looked like a lackluster fairytale wrapped in an eco-friendly reflection about the human nature.
Easily the worst film from Aronofsky. One would expect majesty and awe from this kind of adaptation but instead we are met with poor melodramatics, rock creatures and teen fiction style youth. The final third is a breath of fresh air lost in a coda that plods on and plotting issues that don't bear scrutiny. A misfire despite it's box office that really should have been something special not something mediocre.
Standard as these blockbusters go, but surprisingly pleasurable when it gets ridiculous (best examples are the minute ones: Anthony Hopkins' berry-loving grandpa, Noah's eldest son looking for the middle sibling only to get ambushed by a suddenly horny Emma Watson [made possible by said grandpa] and the look on both of their faces as they return to the ark and get asked where is the person they were looking for).
A fantastic and imaginative adaption of a powerful story. Crowe is stunning - slowly burning away, overcome with a harsh and divine responsibility but also plagued with mercy. The cinematography and visual effects were great - the "stop motion" movement of the angels being a real treat. Ultimately, a wonderfully crafted film that doesn't lose the spirituality or message of the source material.
The critical consensus on Darren Aronofsky’s big-budget, epic passion project seems to deem it an “interesting mess.” To me, Noah is neither. The film is actually quite cogent narratively, if a bit unpredictable, and it’s too bloated and oppressive to be very interesting. http://filmcapsule.com/2014/03/31/noah-2014/
Esta NOÉ padeció un difícil proceso de rodaje debido a los serios altercados entre el realizador y los insatisfechos ejecutivos hollywoodenses; sin embargo, lo preocupante es enterarse de que fue el primero quien se impuso, y que, efectivamente, el anodino resultado visto en las pantallas no es otro que la "visión" original de un cineasta por lo común considerado vanguardista y transgresor como Darren Aronofsky.