Noah (2014): Ten Thoughts
At first I didn't wanted to watch Noah. Because I always have a bad feeling about biblical portrayal in movies. The meanings and messages intended will always get mixed up with the production team's values, and you might end up with a movie that is controversial, which exactly what this year's Noah movie is exactly. But a comment from a friend about how I keep watching movies and Emma Watson spurred me on, and an opportunity presented itself the form of a friend's bible study group.
Because of how the movie ties in to a biblical story, a review of it begs of a comparison between it and the biblical writings but for the sake of those who loathes spoilers, I am going to sum the movie up into a few spoiler free paragraphs just below, before thoroughly elaborating it.
The movie has a lot of things to like and hate as well, but as you progress into the movie, it is not hard to see how the production team clearly has an idea of their own in regards to how God is like and how salvation should be. If you are a person who may be offended by inaccuracies or liberal portrayal, this is not the movie you want to watch. There were many conflicting values given inside in the movie, which I felt reflected more of the movie's worldview rather than a accurate biblical portrayal.
The movie does has its up and down moments in how it captured the world in biblical times and how it portrayed the story of Noah, with some stunning visual effects and cinematography. Russell Crowe is still the same as usual, delivering a not bad performance as the cool and steady Noah, but somehow I just felt that the chemistry in Noah's family was a bit off. There are moment of awkwardness, as well as unequal screen time and character development, which I felt is crucial to the entire tenet of the movie.
The action itself was not entirely disappointing though, but I felt that it would have been good if there was more. The film tried to focus on too many aspects at the same time, as if the production team is trying to send a message, but in the end everything ended up average across the sector.
A 5/10 for me. And now for a more in depth critique.
1. Loved how the theme of rapid environmental degeneration was incorporated into this movie, sort of to tie in with the message of preserving the environment in our current day. Loved how Noah mentioned about not taking more than we need from the world, and how the bad guy said that we should exploit freely because we're the masters of the earth, which caused mankind to be in their dire state.
2. However, the two competing messages gave the impression that this was a green propaganda movie. rather than the real wickedness that was portrayed in the bible. That men were punished for not loving the world enough, rather than any other sin. Felt too hipster-ish and current.
3. Hated how the director started Emma Watson's first scene with her kissing and a flash of her stomach, almost as if he's trying to cash in on her sex appeal solely.
4. Notion gets reinforced when director throws in yet another scene of her getting all "horny" (in the lack of a better word) after getting blessed by the grandfather. Like the f?
5. Not to mention the necessity of creating a character Ham just to torture him and make him look useless. I mean for the entire duration of the movie he has practically no purpose other than to want a wife, and in the end was resigned to the fate of being forever alone because his father chose to be a bastard for a moment. More awkward is when later his father realized his bastard mistake. Heck if I was Ham I would have jumped off the cliff long ago. All this leave no one alive message for nothing? I just lost the love of my life goddammit
6. Noah's life lesson: Some guys will end up with girls like Emma Watson as their partners, while some will end up being forever alone. Sucks to be in the latter, to be honest
7. Unless you choose to marry your niece of course. I have no idea what the writers were thinking when they decided to scrap the original biblical interpretation where all the three sons have their own wife, and replace it with incest. Yes incest. If everyone in the movie was wiped out and that God "provided" with the twin baby girls, you practically have to sleep with your brother's daughters to repopulate earth. Like the f?
8. The inability to comprehend God's will was also a major source of confusion. Noah was so sure that God wanted to kill everyone and it seemed perfectly so, but at the same time God chose to send so many conflicting messages by letting the girl Ham met get killed, but deciding to give twin girl babies to supplement. Like the f?
9. I don't know. The movie just seemed too confusing with all its conflicting values and viewpoints
10. Loved the idea of the fallen angels though, and the fantasy feeling of it. And loved Russell Crowe's acting
Watch Noah if you must, it is visually captivating, but it's certainly not story appealing. At least for me.