Darren Aronofsky; the man that brought us the low budget, psychologically intriguing Pi; the fantastically real, yet disturbing Requiem For A Dream; and the brilliantly tense Black Swan, now brings us his latest cinematic outing.
Noah. Yes, the story of the man who built the arc. Yes, the story that we as adults have heard and have been repeating for decades. Yes, I am being serious; instead of pre-sold franchises, Hollywood is now investing it’s money in creating a “but… we know the ending, so who cares?” epic. And, to give you a rough estimate on how much money this has spent so far, it is somewhere close to $130million.
Aronofsky here teams up with long-time-favoured screenwriter Ari Handel, co-writer of all of the director’s mind-boggling sci-fi fantasy, The Fountain, has done well to assemble an all-star cast including Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Perks of Being A Wallflower’s Logan Lerman, and also Ray Winstone. The story, coming from the trailer and from what we all already know, is that Noah has his visions from God, builds an arc, is ridiculed and taunted for being a madman, and then when the water rises is approached by his doubters (lead by Winstone) for saving. Oh yeah, and there’s a load of animals as well.
…his stories engaging…
Let’s be honest, this is a film that does not need to get made. I love Aronofsky, and I think that he is one of the most groundbreaking directors working in the industry today. His films are entertaining, his stories engaging, and his characters are well rounded. But I, along with many, many others, cannot see this being anything but a flop. I want him to do well, and I hope that he does something visionary with the story. Whether he makes the inevitable siege of the arc a bloodthirsty event, or whether he adds on to the story something that we don’t already know, I don’t know. But please, please, please do something good with this.
Noah is due for release in March 2014. And for those of you unsure on what to think of it, just imagine that they are re-releasing Evan Almighty, but without any jokes.