[Noah](movie:204057) was always going to court controversy, considering the fact that it is loosely based on the biblical story. BUT the mixed reviews seem to be more concerned with the director Darren Aronofsky's ambitious treatment of the movie, rather than the story itself.
Here are some of the reviews that have been bouncing around:
Variety - Scott Foundas
"If Aronofsky's $130 million, 137-minute movie ultimately feels compromised at all, it's less by studio interference than by its director's own desire to make a metaphysical head movie that is also an accessible action blockbuster …. 'Noah' does not always sit easily astride those competing impulses, but it is never less than fascinating — and sometimes dazzling — in its ambitions."
The Wrap - Alonso Duralde
"Noah" fails to reconcile its competing impulses...Aronofsky's highly anticipated epic is neither fish nor fowl; in no way is it a straightforward Bible tale…nor is it the sort of unfettered freak-out that fans of 'Black Swan,' 'Pi' or 'The Fountain' would expect."
Indiewire - Eric Kohn
"murky, ill-conceived take on the world's oldest disaster story contains some of the most pristine visuals produced on a mass studio scale in some time. But it's also constantly tethered to a dull, melodramatic series of events out of whack with any traditional interpretation of the material. By turning the monolithic odyssey into a sword-and-sandals showdown with occasionally cosmic tangents, the 137-minute studio venture contains the glimmers of a truly visionary achievement flooded by half-baked ideas."
The movie opens March 28 in the U.S. Are you going to watch it?
(Sources: Rotten Tomatoes, LA Times, Variety, The Wrap)