I will first state that I am writing this review from a Christian and filmmaker's point of view. As many should know, especially filmmakers, a film is not a book, and adapting biblical content is one of the most challenging jobs to do for any filmmaker, Christian or non-Christian. Here's the thing, Darren Aronofsky is surely one of my favorite storytellers of all times, particularly for his visual and daring psychological style of work. If you've seen most of his films, like myself, you would know what to expect from Mr. Aronofsky, which is a daring, risk-taking, mentally screaming, subliminal, and surely thought-provoking piece of work.
I predicted that many people were going to become quite upset about the film, especially my fellow Christians, mostly due to the point that Darren Aronofsky made the adaption in his own and known psychological perspective, instead of remaining faithfully verbatim to the biblical text. After reviewing the controversial film, many individuals will claim that Darren's retelling of Noah's Ark is not Biblical, and is in fact anti-christ, why? Because simply is does not follow the Biblical narrative with surgical precision. I will state that this is true, Aronofsky does not follow the Biblical narrative form with surgical precision, but he does indeed offer some of the best Biblical elements of Noah's narrative, which does exactly what I think its suppose to do, challenges us all to re-read and to re-engage in the Bible, and hopefully take Noah's narrative seriously, and not just literally as most people have come to do over time.
As a Christian and filmmaker, never both at once, I can truly say that I am intrigued, fascinated, and certainly proud of what the outcome of this film is going to do for a lot of people, which will allow us all to think. I truly believe this film gives the audience and community of faith an opportunity to finally re-engage in our Biblical text in a more in-depth and challenging thought-provoking state of thinking. Most people are accustomed to the story of [Noah](movie:204057)'s Ark from their childhood, only recalling that Noah was a man chosen by God to build an ark and save the animals after the fall of man, but Darren's psychological version creates a mind-bottling in-depth story about a family struggling with faith, obedience, devotion, time and temptation of man. The story of Noah has now inspired, motivated and provoked our consciousness once again, allowing many to revisit the Bible, even so, allowing people that have never even opened a Bible to do so for the very first time.
As far as the filmmaking aspect goes, I think Darren's approach was very well directed, as displaying his accustomed and psychological style of visual awareness for his viewers to capture every point he wants to convey. Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly are absolutely superb in their realistic performances, as the audience feels more sympathetic for the family than for Noah at first, who is expected to be painted as the hero, but instead is seen as this maniac that is trapped in his own mind, blocking everyone from his determined quest from God, and suddenly forced into isolation, but then Darren does something brilliantly remarkable, he allows the audience to fall deeply into Noah's shoes, realizing that Noah's journey was not easy, and in fact, a haunting and filthy journey to come across.
This film does what most faith-based films would never have the courage to do, is reveal the dirt, the sin and the brutal honesty of what man must face in times of tribulation. Darren did not make this a fairytale narrative like most people would have wanted and expected, instead he gave us something to relate to, something to reveal our scars, and most importantly, something that allowed us to think; Whether he's a believer or non-believer, whether he stayed true to the biblical text or not, whether he attempted to push his own belief or not, whether he's trying to mock Christianity or not; the bottom line, especially for us believers, is that Darren Aronofsky managed do something he is quite damn good at doing, which is giving the audience, the critics and everyone else a chance to discuss, question and think, and in this case, bring up the powerful discussion of a Biblical source.
Like I have stated before, a film is not a book. This film is simply an adaptation, inspired by Noah's Ark, if you want to know the truth about Noah, then I suggest you read his narrative in the Bible, which I expect many will now do, and if one truly appreciates and is intrigued by the narrative of Noah, then one will come to realize that the truth is beyond this film, which is why after seeing this film, many people are going to open up a Bible and do what most hardly ever do when reading, which is think.