On Facebook, my friend Jess put up a link to salon.com’s movie review of Noah. I had to check it out because the title is so funny: “Noah”: Aronofsky’s deranged biblical action flick– Stone giants, battle scenes, a satanic antihero and Russell Crowe’s vegan cult leader — Aronofsky’s nutso “Noah” And what did I discover? WARNING NO SPOILERS! Not a one. The review is short–but it manages to give insights about movies, fun facts and an intelligent review, sans pretension. I think you should read it. (BTW, you might think that unless someone grew up in a hole, there are no spoilers to be had in this story. But there are, don’t worry. From an awkward interview of Hermoine on David Letterman, I learned about how Aronofsky stretched two pages of the Bible into a two-hour cinema extravaganza, how he envisioned the story, added characters, etc. etc.) Here’s my review of this review, by Andrew O’Hehir. Spoilers: none
Bottom Line: this movie sucks, but see it just to appreciate the spectacle of it. Here’s how he put that bottom line– Amid the CGI elephants, the Nick Nolte stone giants, the overacting and dialogue howlers, the WTF science-fiction flights of fancy and the attempt to wrest a dramatic plot out of a bare-bones mythological narrative, there’s considerable daring, fire and passion in this tale of watery apocalypse. Extras: Christian Bale is going to play Moses in a movie directed by Ridley Scott. And for you lexicon buffs: there are antediluvian values, that doesn’t mean just old fashioned values. It means values from before the flood. (You probably already knew that. I am running to catch up.) For some reason I think of thedailybeast.com as an anagram of salon.com. They don’t do movie reviews, but I found an interview of the cinemetagrapher of Noah, who has worked with Aronofsky for years. Here’s the title and subtitle:
‘Noah’ is a Global Warming Epic About the Battle Between Religion and Science, Says Cinematographer.
Darren Aronofsky’s longtime DP, Oscar nominee Matthew Libatique—who also shot Iron Man and Iron Man 2—says the Biblical epic offers a stern warning about climate change.
In this year of hurricanes, winter storms, earth quakes and tsunamis, is Noah going rogue?
According to Libatique, the film’s environmental message is in an “allegory.” The antediluvian devils in the movie do not respect their world enough to make sure that it lasted. Today we are in danger of losing our world due to our carelessness. Somewhere in there, Libatique talks about the ole’ science vs. religion debate.
Extra: Did you know that cinematographer and director of photography (DP) are used interchangeably?
Here are some more interesting tidbits:
Noah has been banned in Pakistan, Bahrain, Qatar, U.A.E., and Indonesia, for allegedly contradicting the teachings of Islam.
Pope Francis reportedly gave the film the Vatican’s blessing after a brief tête-à-tête with the film’s burly star, Russell Crowe.