When word spread that Darren Aronofsky would follow up his Academy Award winning film Black Swan with the biblical tale of Noah, a few eyebrows were raised.
Aronofsky has carved out a career as a director of intimate character pieces. The story of Noah seems like the polar opposite of a independent film. The story presumably relies on spectacular special effects and visuals of…well…biblical proportions.
There is method to this madness however, considering how fascinating the story of Noah and his famous ark is. Not to mention the story is featured in all three major religions. Considering the success of The Passion of the Christ, the idea doesn’t seem to be so financially risky.
Things start to get complicated however, when one tries to grasp the practicality of it all.
Creating an ark to house two of every animal and producing an apocalyptic, planet drowning, flood is a bit of a cinematic challenge to say the least.
Our first look at the film in this trailer gives us mixed results. Some of the footage looks impressive, while other bits obviously relies too heavily on CGI.
It will be interesting to see how audiences respond to the film. The content can be a bit too religious for mainstream audiences. There is no getting around that. A wrathful God punishing arrogant, lustful, sinners and sparing the humble Noah and his religious family, is the epitome of a morality tale. But of course that’s probably what industry experts felt about The Passion of The Christ.
We all saw how that played out.
Noah stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Ray Winstone. The film is written and directed by Darren Aronofsky. Noah is scheduled for release March 28, 2014.
Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe stars as Noah, a man chosen by God for a great task before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world.