Noah Review: ‘Too long to cherish’

Disclaimer: I am not aware of the religious story based on which this movie is made and in no way refer to that when I judge the quality of this movie.

Trying to bring the famous biblical story of ‘Noah’s arc’ to the big screen, the movie brings together director and writer Darren Aronofsky (known for Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream) and a famous roster of Academy award winning/ nominated actors. If that’s not enough, there’s also a huge role for special effects and 3D techniques, as was obvious from the enthralling trailer. Everyone seems to have worked hard and played their parts to make it work, but sadly, it doesn’t. My problem is that the movie is too long and nothing significant goes on for most of its run time.

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Noah and his family are destined to save the better part of God’s creation, which includes animals of all kinds, while a storm obliterates the malicious and greedy men. But what they are not sure about is that if their species is destined to survive the storm at all. Noah’s visions convince him that the entire mankind is to perish from the storm and he ends his search for young girls to continue his male-dominated family. The second half of the movie questions Noah’s conviction and the rightfulness of his actions when he decides to end his lineage, even if it must require him to murder his new-born grand children. The 3D is not noticeable but the special effects are riveting. There are pensive moments, emotional ones and then there are light ones and everyone of them manages to impress. But the movie as a whole fails to do the same.

I won’t elaborate on acting since all the actors have given reasonable and consistent performances. Russell Crowe as Noah is a notch higher than the rest, but then, we expected that anyway, did we not?

I will attribute my disappointment entirely to the long run time; even though its only a decent 2 hours and 20 minutes, it could have wrapped up in half that time if the writers focused only on the major plot, without deviating into long and monotonic sub plots. Moreover, even the major plot seems stretched with multiple scenes conveying nothing different from each other (for example, there are several scenes trying to tell us Ham wants a female partner, so that he can continue his lineage and many more to convey Noah’s obstinate nature to stop at nothing to fulfill his commitment).

I will give this a 6 on 10. Its actually pretty good, but its too long and the director has given us much better.

Rating: 6/10

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