The first poster for Noah, the Darren Aronofsky retelling of the Biblical story lets loose the Flood waters. If there is a quibble about the backside view presented, it's that Russell Crowe looks to Gladiatorial and not wizened and saintly enough.
Russell Crowe might be a tad to young for the Biblical purist since Noah was 600 years, 2 months and 17 days old (Genesis 7:6) when The Flood occurred. But if you take into account Crowe's timeless, rugged, manly qualities, then he's a perfect fit. Besides Noah action hero works right into Millennials, Gen XYZ's raised on comic books and superhero movies.
Director Aronofsky has gone the CGI route for most of the animal and water imagery involved. Technicians involved with the shoot say that the effects are the most complicated, elaborate and costly ever done.
Appropriately the production hasn't been all smooth sailing and calm waters. Early test screenings have the suits at Paramount Pictures worried that there might not be enough of public spectacle to counter the Aronofosky vision. The spat has played out in trade related bad press and public and private sparring for a few months now.
The trailers are pretty epic and the use of CGI for the animals and water really does give a sense of witnessing the archetypes for all life. Plus the idea that Noah would have to fight off all mankind as a prelude to saving humanity and all life itself is a pretty cool idea with a lot of Christian resonance.
Noah also stars Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Kevin Durand, Martin Csokas, and Mark Margolis. Noah opens March 28, 2014.