4 and a half stars
In a word: Human
This is not your God-fearing, narrow-minded conservative grandmother’s Noah. This is not the Noah you learnt about in Sunday School, if you ever went. This is Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. It is dark, it is bold and above all else it is abundantly human.
Astounding visuals and a tour-de-force performance from Russell Crowe as Noah, with highly memorable supporting performances from Emma Watson and Ray Winstone, make NOAH a highly entertaining, above average disaster film.
What really makes NOAH work is its analysis of the characters. It’s a fresh take, and a much more realistic look at the psychology of the characters confronted by such a mammoth task in the face of almost assured extermination, and the characters that are left out of this opportunity for salvation.
If you’re expecting another whitewashed version of the tale of Noah, and your close-minded ignorance and false superiority can’t bring you to appreciate another perspective on a well-known tale, best steer clear of this one. This isn’t a film made for bible-bashers; its a film made for real, human people.
REVIEWER: David Thomas Williams