Review: Noah

Saw a late screening of the controversial film NOAH last night and I was surprised by how the movie still managed to disappoint me despite the low expectations i had going into it... Simply put, it's an ambitious epic but a spectacular failure.

In all fairness, the first half of the movie would have been thrilling if they did not frame it in the biblical setting and they did not reference Adam and Eve and the story of creation. It offered an interesting thesis on the story of the great flood which would have made more sense if it was a History channel documentary.

I also would have been less harsh if the movie's title was not "Noah"; if the movie's director was Michael Bay and not Darren Aronofsky; and if Emma Watson was not accorded preferential billing --- she was the weakest actor here!

I would have also been more inclined to encourage you to watch this movie and form your own opinion if it had a decent post-flood plot and not the typical case where the chief villain survives the flood and challenges Noah to a duel just before they discovered land.

Lastly, I would have likely applauded during the end credits because i liked the song used but i already decided that i hated the movie too much to even bother.

Writer/director Darren Aronofsky lost one admirer in me. But i think he will be able to redeem himself next time.

Disclosure: I am a catholic.

Rating: 2 stars out of 5

Raymond De Asis Lo

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