Noah - Recap Review

What's good

- Great visual effects
- Grim atmosphere
- Exceptionally ambitious attempt to blend biblical aspects together with darwinism and other perspectives
- Good overall acting performances

What's bad

- Very slow pace
- Quite too long
- Blockbuster action scenes don't coincide well with previous serious scenes
- Some battle scenes try to mimic an unfitting fantasy-epic feel
(- Overall story and concluding message will absolutely polarize audiences)


- Stone golems serving as "rock transformers" protecting Noah and his family.

The Verdict

Noah is definitely the weirdest 125 Mio.$ spent by a major studio, we've seen for quite some time.
Obviously Paramount Pictures blindly trusted whatever oscar-nominated director Darren Aronofsky had in mind. 
The result is a very interesting mixed bag of a movie that is absolutely destined to extremely polarize viewers' opinions.

Looking at the sheer production values, Noah has nothing to hide. Good performances from a solid cast lead by Russell Crowe in the titular role, a well established gloomy and apocalyptic atmosphere as well as great visuals depicting the great flood itself and...stone golems.
However, what makes Noah so tough to talk about (or even review) is the fact that it tries to put rational and darwinistic sense into an irrational biblical story, which anybody would initially say "essentially contradict each other way too much to be able to be combined in any way".
Considering the amount of ("far fetched") biblical story content mixed together with completely new and own ideas, it would be exaggerated to call Noah an actual "update" of the famous biblical tale for the 21st century, rather than just a completely subjective own interpretation of the tale by Aronofsky.
Noah therefore comes off as quite something of a brave experiment, where box office- or critical success very obviously wasn't guaranteed right from the start.
Yet it has to be said, that however ambitious and interesting the experience might be, the movie often seems to switch between the focus on telling a tale about a man succumbing to God's will, and some blockbuster-esque fantasy epic action scenes, which don't coincide well and make for a bumpy and uneven feel in an already too long movie.

Due to it's weird but interesting mixture of different perspectives on the tale, enjoying Noah doesn't depend on whether you as the viewer are atheist or religious, but rather, whether you are open to new interpretations and ideas on biblical stories.
Viewers open to Aronofsky's vision and interpretation of the tale will definitely at the very least feel intrigued by the overall story and message, whereas viewers expecting a very specific story or straight-up blockbuster will most likely leave the theater bored and disappointed. 

Final Verdict: 4 out of 10

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