Noah director and writer Darren Aronofsky is pretty clear about two things.
He doesn’t want all his audience to feel comfortable with his flick.
He is resolute to make you squirm.
Hey, he wants to make a statement too.
And for that, he has taken to the Bible, his own version.
Following a few title fade-ins that most of us know, we are introduced with the branches of Adam and Eve – the descendants of Cain (Evil) and Noah, the descendant of Seth (Good).
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Apparently God is fed up with Earth and decides to destroy it.
Unlike what Genesis says director Darren Aronofsky curses us oops presents us with VFX hints to Noah that the world is going to end in the form of a flood.
Now Noah has to create an Ark that will carry his family, animals, birds, snakes etc.
But Noah needs some form of support. That comes in the form known as “Watchers”.
Instructions are given and Noah starts building the Ark.
Complications arise when “Tubal Cain” and his group seek a place aboard and Noah denies them. Tubal Cain looks like a good guy. I guess this is where the director might have thought right out of the box.
While these so called complications are escalating along with the deadline for flood, Noah sons, Ham and Shem’s, (excluding Japheth), sexual urges are at stake.
Poor fellas need a partner for reproduction after destruction of Earth. So they keep running around. Shem has a girlfriend in the form of “Ila”. Unfortunately she is barren out of a wound early on in the story.
So how all these get fixed and Noah makes his Ark and ride forms the rest of the story.
Here is a list of what I noticed.
* The “Watchers” are easily one of the ugliest, least imaginative creatures I’ve seen for a while. The director looks clueless.
* There wasn’t a single moment where I rooted for Noah.
* Shem and Ham’s libido takes center stage for a fair bit of screen time and I found myself rooting for them instead. Unfortunately it’s a PG 13 movie.
* Even Noah’s wife, “Naameh” (Jennifer Connelly) is devastated about the fact that the flood is gonna mess up their sons’ sexual future.
* This whole Shem, Ham and Naameh sub-plot takes too much screen time.