A Review of Russel Crowe’s new movie “Noah”
By Sarah Ervin
I don’t often think to myself, “Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if someone made the Bible into a science fiction movie”. I may not ponder this, but director Darren Aronofsky has been thinking this very thought since he was 13, and we are now able to see such a biblical blockbuster.
Seeing a character study of the inner demons and struggles of Noah and his ark was never at the top of my list of things to do, but I was bored and had a movie coupon, which is how I found myself waiting for Noah to start. From the first few seconds I knew I had made a mistake. The opening was a mix between theology, Star Wars, and The Lord of the Rings with a very dramatic montage of the Bible’s first chapters. After reminding myself that I do not know how to ask for a refund in Japanese, I decided to endure the 139 minute movie.
But, after the off-putting opening, I was able to immerse myself easily into the Middle Earth-like world of the film. Noah is visually stunning; with an estimated 125 million dollar budget behind it, no shortcuts were taken when fleshing out the giant rock monsters.
The story begins at the beginning, of everything. We get a glimpse into the creation of the world, the fall of Adam and Eve, the violence of Cain, and then the destruction of the world through modernization. This is when we arrive at Noah, a kind hearted vegetarian who is the last descendent of Seth and apparently the only hope for humanity. One day, he receives a vision about the destruction of the world by flood and goes about his way building an ark to weather the storm for his family, Emma Watson, and two of every animal. This part of the story sounds all too familiar (except for maybe Emma Watson), but Noah is far different from any bible story you have ever heard. As Noah wrestles with knowing that all men have evil inside them and with the belief that good can defeat the evil inside, the waters quickly rise and wipe out the rest of humanity, leaving Noah with a tough choice to make….
As a story teller, Aronofsky takes the audience on a journey into the psyche of a well known hero. He fleshes out Noah and his family through what, at times, could seem like a family melodrama. Aronofsky tries to answer questions that were not answered in the Bible, which is a big task for a Jewish boy from Brooklyn.
The movie was truly bizarre, and laughable at some points, but it was an interesting take on a classic story. Aronofsky knows how to make a stunning sci-fi movie, and Noah was undeniably beautiful. I can’t in all honesty recommend this movie, but nor can I discount its redeeming qualities. If you ever wondered what a Hollywood summer blockbuster based on the Bible would look like, this might just be the movie for you!
Here’s the links to the movie theatres in Hiroshima currently showing Noah (just be sure to check your showing is in English as they often vary!):
Aeon Cinema Hiroshima – Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Center 6F, 1-3-52 Danbara-minami, Minami-ku / Tel : 082-261-3770
109 Cinemas – Alpark 3F (north bldg.), 4-7-1 Kusatsu-minami, Nishi-ku / Tel: 05700-002-109
Toho Cinemas Midorii – Fuji Grand 3F, 1-5-2 Midorii, Asaminami-ku / Tel : 082-831-8060
Hiroshima Wald 11 – AEON Mall Hiroshima Fuchu 4F, 2-1-1 Osu, Fuchu-cho, Aki-gun / Tel : 082-561-0600
T-Joy Higashi Hiroshima – Fuji Grand Higashi Hiroshima 3F, 4405 Misonou, Saijo-cho, Higashi Hiroshima-shi / Tel : 082-493-6779
Korona World Fukuyama – 721-0953, 24-1 Ichimonji-chō, Fukuyama-shi