Noah By Darren Aronofsky: Film Analysis

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Director, Darren Aronofsky, transforms the biblical story of Noah’s Arc into a dark, chilling story of undeniable faith, great ambition, and tells a tale of horrifying terrors implemented on a human-invested world by an almighty God. Many have grown up hearing the traditional story of how God ordered a man and his family to build a large arc, so that they, along with two of every animal in the world, would survive a world cleansing flood. The image of a happy, Christian family floating on water with cute animals for forty days and forty nights is interpreted much differently in this blockbuster film. This dramatic movie received a review with a score of 6.6 out of a possible 10.0 by Flixster, Inc.’s popular film review website, Rotten Tomatoes. …show more content…
They were in agreement with the movie’s breath taking effects, detail, and camera work. Lemire (2014) expresses her praise within the second paragraph, “The technical effects are spectacular — this is a rare blockbuster.” Donato (2014) also stated that the film had “stunning camerawork” and “enchanting visual treats”. Noah’s character, played by Russell Crowe, was perceived much differently than expected by both critics. The picture-perfect, generous Noah was not portrayed in this film. According to Lemire, the main character, “Could be considered selfish and cruel and cost countless lives — and his determination to carry out what he believes is his mission from God leads him to the brink of committing some horrific acts.” Donato’s response correlated in his fifth paragraph with the opinion that Aronofsky’s Noah had a “mean streak” and was “tortured”. Unlike Noah, Donato explains that the rest of the cast comes across forgettable and overshadowed. Lemire describes with more detail that the sons seem “interchangeable”, Naameh “gets little more to do here than be the supportive wife”, and in comparison to Russell Crowe the other cast members are not given a large range for their characters to …show more content…
After reading them it is concluded that Noah is worth taking the time to see. Whether it strikes as biblical or not the critics find the effects engaging and spectacular. It can be assumed that whether the movie is watched on a large or small screen it will still have an impact on the viewer. Although it had an Oscar winning cast, Russell Crowe’s acting as the main character Noah outshined all other roles. Aronofsky’s portrayal and decision to make Noah a darkly tormented man, tasked with this great ambition to uphold his Lord’s commands left the rest of the characters such as his sons, Shem, Ham, Japheth, and wife Naameh to have less wiggle room to prosper and develop within the story line. What a great feat it was to be able to share this epic story of a widely known, often childish, story of duty and faith. Noah’s Arc is often told to younger children as a nursery story when they are very young. Aronofsky’s version of this very terrifying, traumatic, almost magical experience is unique and

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