Stunning, but for believers, some clarifications required... (by LydiaNoneofYourBusiness)
I found this movie absolutely stunning. Beautiful cinematography, outstanding acting, and astounding special effects. Of course, there are a few things that fellow believers need to be aware of. The movie, 'Noah', is not told from an ultra-conservative point of view. There are multiple parts that can clash with your own beliefs. When creation is explained in the movie, it is portrayed in the fashion that God, or The Creator as He is referred to throughout the movie, used the Big Bang as His tool for the creation of the universe, and evolution for His creation of animals and of Man. <more>
Although I do not personally believe that is how He created everything, the movie tells creation beautifully and with God as the Creator, therefore I do not find it offensive.One piece of information that will be helpful when seeing this movie is the background and origin of the Watchers. The Watchers are originally mentioned in the Book of Enoch, an ancient non-canonical book of the Jewish religion. The Watchers are, as stated in the movie, fallen angels, but after that, the production team took their creative license. Since it is in neither the Jewish Tanakh nor the Christian Bible, most viewers will think that the producers simply made up the Watchers.Also, there are many gruesome and gut-wrenching scenes, for this movie reveals just how corrupt Mankind had become. There is no happy parade of animals arriving two-by-two, and Noah is not a happy old man with a long flowing beard In this film, Noah tries to follow exactly what the Creator commanded of him, taking himself past his breaking point. In this film, Mankind is scrambling for survival, taking what it wants and not caring for anyone else. In this film, the story of Noah is portrayed realistically.I implore you to go see this movie, but you must watch it with an open mind.
I don't understand all the hate that "Noah" the movie is getting. Personally, I think it is a GREAT movie. But maybe it's because I'm an artist, so I understand what art is and isn't supposed to be. Seems as if a lot of people -especially Christians– thought they were going to see a documentary or a theological disputation. I actually think it sticks very well to the Biblical account. Maybe people don't know their Bible as well as they think they do. --- If you don't like the story, how's that the movie's fault? Fallen angels, giants, genocide, <more>
etc. is all in the Bible. --- Yes, I'm talking about the actual Bible, not the version you were taught in Sunday school, when you were five years old. Anyway, if you are at all philosophically inclined and don't mind movies that make you think about serious and even existential questions, ignore the haters; Go see "Noah"!I haven't been so emotionally moved and intellectually stimulated from a movie for quite a while. It's not for the weak of heart. After all, it's a story about genocide. But it is beautifully made. And, in my opinion, stays true to the Biblical account.
A Refreshing Film Based On Noah's Ark (by Desertman84)
Noah is a Biblical-inspired film based on the story of Noah's Ark.It stars Russell Crowe as Noah along with Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson and Anthony Hopkins.It was written and directed by Darren Aronofsky.The story about a righteous man that he is singled out by God to save innocent life so the evil and corrupt can perish in a disastrous flood that will cover the earth.Encouraged by his grandfather Methuselah,Noah begins building an ark that will contain two of every beast and plant, as well as his family.His wife Naameh supports her husband and so does his two sons,Shem <more>
and Japheth.But his other son Ham isn't so sure due to the fact that he lacks a spouse similar unlike Shem,who has Ila. As birds, reptiles, and then mammals enter the ark, humans gather nearby, anxious for their own boarding passes. But they were tried to be stopped by an evil king Tubal-cain and his people,whose wickedness God intends stop.But once the waters rise, Noah faces new challenges.Among them is that he finds out that Ila is is pregnant and no longer barren and whether Noah wants to end humanity or not when they enter the new world.There was definitely a lot of creative license taken in re-telling the story of Noah that some Christian may find confusing or absurd.Nevertheless,the recreation of the Old Testament story is definitely an epic.Some may find the changes in the story outlandish but others may find it a great way of updating this timeless tale into the 21st century audience.We get to see how the story of Noah is told on a human scale and deeply explore the personalities involved in the story.Give credit to the cast for their great acting particularly Russell Crowe,who does a magnificent job as Noah; together with his co-stars like Jennifer Connelly,who plays his troubled wife,Naameh and Emma Watson,who plays the complex Ila.There was great visuals in the movie especially from narration of Creation and the Great Flood itself.It was definitely a great visual extravaganza.It also presents challenges especially to some audience especially what they want to do if they find themselves in place of Noah's shoes as to whether to end humanity or not.The tension in their family particularly between Noah and his sons as well as Noah and his wife,Naameh about what the Creator wanted him to do emphasizes that.Atheists may fully appreciate this film especially when the theory of evolution is somewhat put in place when the story of Creation was being narrated and God is somewhat not a main character in the movie.But for Christians who want more about the moral,philosophical and theological implications of the story of Noah based on their religious beliefs,one may find it disappointing.Nevertheless,I would consider this film entertaining and fun to watch with an open mind and isn't looking to refresh Noah's story based from what is written in the Bible.
Brilliant...yah I said it...tear me apart but this was truly outstanding (by Robert_duder)
First of all let me make clear I don't care about any of the controversy. I don't care if you want to sit in front of me and trash talk the historical accuracy, the biblical aspects, or how much you hate Jesus and therefore this movie inevitably sucks. As one professional reviewer pointed out, controversy aside this is a good time at the movies! From the first trailer I was excited and my expectations only grew. I knew the potential for it being some bizarre anti-Christian piece was high but I was willing to try it and excited to do so. Simply put...wow...my expectations were met and <more>
exceeded and this is now the best film I have seen thus far in 2014. I am not fan of blatant CGI and I thought Noah used it near-brilliantly. The entire animal kingdom was CGI but it was so blatantly awful that you scoffed at it. Noah's heart and soul comes from its unique and liberal perspective of the story. I have great respect for them for looking at the tradition Christian story and saying, there are issues there but here is how this could have happened. They incorporated brilliant religious symbolism and characters, gave Noah a diverse character with incredible depth, an edge of your seat story of politics and the world as they know it. No one knows what the world was like then...no one. We have snippets and conjecture and this is by far the most brilliant rendition of that time. They liberally create animals that may have been or the giants that the bible speaks of and the barren, nearly steam punk world that exists around them. I was floored.I have always enjoyed Russell Crowe though I felt like he has hit some major speed bumps in his career. This role was perfect for him and he absolutely nailed it. He is dark brooding, full of faith and love for his family. He is driven and disgusted with the world and the scenes of his fighting with his faith are just gut wrenching and brilliant. Crowe is superb. Jennifer Connelly was good in her role as Noah's wife. Their chemistry is terrific but I felt like perhaps her character is very much in the background and doesn't get a lot of chance to shine. She has some good scenes but her performance lacks some of the power of the others in the film. Anthony Hopkins was terrific in a much more subtle way as Methuselah. Hopkins captures an undeniable strength and wisdom to his character. His scenes are immediately captivating and he doesn't really have that many but they are so important and so well performed. Also I also want to address the many apparently slow IMDb forum trolls who were wondering about Hopkin's character performing "magic." He was performing miracles via the creator as his faith was as strong as anyones. Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth were all very good as Noah's children. They each have a scene or more that was truly terrific and their chemistry together was really good as it was with Crowe as well. Ray Winstone was very good in his role...however...he was also the one major flaw in the film. He was used as the "big" villain and I think his character was unnecessary and the story of him getting inside the ark was unnecessary, clumsy and pointless. It was literally the one thing that made me feel like this was a 9 and not a 10 for me. I liked Winstone, he did a perfectly solid job in the role but the character was unnecessary.I am not a Darren Aronofsky fan. I thought Black Swan was terrible, The Fountain was just way out there and The Wrestler was average. Well he has won me over with this because what he has created here is cinema masterpiece. The cinematography, the use of CGI, the world he creates. This is the key. You feel completely immersed in this world that we know nothing about. This isn't even truly a disaster film. This is a film about faith, love, family, God and yes there is some blatant messages about the direction of the world we live in now. This is the type of film, for me, that I can and will watch over and over again and get something different from it, notice something more or different or take something away from it. I cannot figure out why Christians would be angry and boycott this. This is easily the best example of Old Testament world ever created. It does take some liberties because it has to but there isn't anything here to squash the Christian faith or the traditional story. I absolutely LOVED the fallen angel giants Nephilim for those of you wanting to look more into it. Was the film completely scriptural? NO. But they also didn't ignore it and embraced the concepts. Visually stunning, brilliantly acted, and just an incredible experience. It won't get the accolades it deserves as far as I'm concerned. 9.5/10
I have to admit, when I first heard about Paramount's intention to reboot the whole "Noah" epic, I was a bit skeptical. Not because I worried about them monkeying with scriptural accuracy though that played a part but because the story of Noah does not lend itself to the traditional Hollywood model. How do you shove a square peg into a round hole without shaving off important Biblical truths? Many have tried, all have failed.Fortunately, skepticism gave way to relief as the story unfolded. Aronofsky and Handel managed to accomplish the seemingly impossible - an entertaining <more>
version of the Noah story. Was creative license taken? Absolutely. Necessarily so. This is a fun, action-packed, Biblical epic that manages to uphold the important pillars of the Genesis tale. Highly recommended.
We all know the tale; it's been told, parodied, and stereotyped to the point where the original context can get lost in the flood of pop culture. In this modern telling of the story of Noah's Ark, the film definitely emphasizes the mythic aspects to deliver a larger-than-life spectacle. As expected, you will see fantastic visions of creation and death, hoards of animals entering the Ark, the the deluge sweeping over the Earth. What you may not expect is that the film also includes a massive army of barbaric hoards clashing with fallen angels, flashes of magic and mysticism, twists in <more>
morality that challenges Noah's heroics, and an overall tone that's grim, brutal, and somber. And yet, despite so many liberties, it still captures the essence of the story in its own unique way.The film is somewhat split in half. The first half contains all the big-scale setpieces, containing plenty of special effects and scenes of war. Once the flood commences and the big battle ends, the film settles down and becomes a brooding drama. Pacing becomes herky-jerky because of this; audiences wanting action might enjoy the first half and get bored by the end, while others may feel the opposite. The overall tone is very grim, and the film doesn't shy away from showing the raw brutality of the world of sinners and the struggle for survival. Parts of it will work, parts of it might not; ultimately this movie will be different from person to person, and it will likely be one of the biggest love-it-or-hate-it films of 2014. It will depend on your disposition on the storytelling.This story takes a lot of liberties from the Bible; if it's a word-for-word accurate account you want, the film will disappoint. Some of the changes are purely cosmetic, to give the film a kind of high-fantasy aesthetic such as the inclusion of The Watchers . Some changes are made to make the plot more convenient. The biggest alterations involve the addition of the descendants of Cain, providing human antagonists for Noah to fight in a big battle, and one central villain to draw out even more drama. One other big change that might upset purists is what's done to Noah and his family; the film contrives a huge drama out of their legacy, going so far as pushing them to odd and amoral directions that truly challenge our notion of what could have happened in this ancient story.All that being said, I felt the liberties with the story were warranted, because the film methodically creates many long threads of conflict and entwines them into one big braid of a plot that gives it momentum and drives the characters to their most logical directions. Without all this drama, the characters really wouldn't have much to do, before or after the big flood. As it is, the film fills itself up with so much conflict that it gives the characters life and minds of their own, and their actions generate some very complex dynamics that ultimately contribute to deeper thematic depth.I think the film's greatest strength is the subtext: the film is loaded with ideas and themes concerning creation, mankind's sin, judgment, mercy, and morality. Most of these ideas are conveyed sublimely through the use of powerful images and punctual dialogue. In the end, we're made to understand on a deeper level exactly why the flood happened, why Noah acts the way he does, why things play out the way they do, and what the implications are. Most of the film's conflicts revolve around the sanctity of creation; the film shows a lot of brutality as the descendants of Cain defile creation, in contrast to Noah who tries his best to preserve it. As the film goes on, themes of environmentalism, industrialization, and resource depletion become very blatant, offering a frightening reflection not only of the past, but also of what could come in the future. The final message, however, is an uplifting one that I always found most elegant: the idea that the end is also the beginning. This is a rather bleak apocalyptic tale, but the film radiates hope by its end.The film is well-crafted with some very incredible photography and editing. There are a number of scenes in the film that are appropriately powerful and moving, thanks to the way it unites key imagery and symbolism with the narrative. Russell Crowe is as good as usual, and does have some great standout scenes. Jennifer Connelly is perfectly compelling in her role, and I was surprised that Emma Watson put on a great performance as well. Everybody else does alright. Writing gets the job done well, but most of the dialogue seemed pretty blunt. This production spares no expense on the real-looking sets, props, and costumes. Some special effects are okay, some were made to look a bit archaic on purpose namely the Watchers, who are animated in some kind of stop-motion style , and some effects are incredibly brilliant. Clint Mansell's music score is as elegant as ever.The film will not sit well with everybody. Some folks will be bored. Others might be upset that it's not 100% true to the Bible. However, Noah is a film experience I personally valued a lot; its issues didn't really affect me that much, and I grew to admire the story and all it meant on a deeper level. With its blend of action, visual splendor, and compelling storytelling, I felt it was a fairly moving picture. However, this is not an easy movie to casually recommend. You might love it. You might hate it. It'll all depend on your views of the Bible, of director Darren Aronofsky, and of Hollywood and its embellishments. The best I can say is give the movie a try, because this really is a one-of-a-kind epic.4.5/5 Experience: Very Good | Content: Very Good | Film: Very Good
I honestly don't understand the hate on this one. (by Allfacat)
When putting on Noah I had heard a lot of negativity about this movie. I do not know if it is Christians not supporting this adaptation, or if it is atheists thinking it is way to much Christian propaganda. I am a atheist, and I like good stories on the screen. What I liked about this movie was that feeling of adventure the likes of LOTR and Star Wars, a movie adaptation of a biblical story that is up there with other science fiction and adventure films. It didn't make the story about Noah more plausible, but it was a great story, set in timeless environments. I have read the genesis <more>
story even though I'm not a Christian, and in my opinion this adaptation is quite accurate and true to the biblical story, with some tweaking here and there. A little gnostic view points here and there, but all in all something fresh made from a old and boring book, made a little bit more interesting. Have an open mind, and don't watch it with an preconceived notion. Watch it like you would with any other story made for the screen.
Really enjoyable, though it could have been better. (by helloimyourmind13)
"Noah" follows what is said in the Bible pretty well, although there are many fictional untold elements added. As a man who does not believe in God or religion, I've always found mythology a very interesting aspect of ancient cultures, and this film tells one short but important tale in the book of Christianity in a credible and coherent way.The story unfolds quite calmly but it will always keep you watching. Some elements that were added are weird but some others even feel like they belong to the original story, there's many emotional moments and, of course, action <more>
sequences. The climax scene, however, could have been a bit longer since all of what is shown in the trailer about the flood, is what is seen in the movie, sadly.Still, a very good movie that anyone, believer or not, should watch.
Something for Non-believers and believers alike. (by OhSleeper)
Just got to watch a screening and found it quite enjoyable, I can understand why it'll get hate from both sides, 1. Not being 100% biblically correct. 2. Being a story from the bible. Considering this it seems Darren has done a good job of coming up with his own envisioned compromise, almost bridging the two sides but not making an alliance with either. It's an exaggerated story with a touch of fantasy and added plot lines to interest a somewhat neutral viewer not Christian or atheist at the expense of possibly upsetting strong believers. Technically it's a good film from a <more>
great director tied together with powerful imagery, I'm still letting it sink in. I think a lot of scenes capture the moment, which really helps transport you from the theater into the story. There's not really any complaints, it was a solid film all round, great acting, good score that didn't distract and beautiful landscapes. The movie will leave you with something to talk about and praise regardless of belief.