In the beginning there was nothing. The story of Noah in Genesis begins well before the famous meeting of the divine animal before the flood, in order to associate it with the original sin. It is the theft of the forbidden apple that begins grim reality, where the descendants of Cain resulted in a violent and selfish civilization. To “cleanse” the earth came the great flood that covered the continents. A new beginning, a purification that brings the intriguing question: is there room for humanity in it?
More than just take the biblical story to the big screen, director Darren Aronofsky is interested in discussing is the position of the human being before this “final judgment” under the most diverse aspects. The most explicit is the hand of faith that borders on fanaticism, represented by the title character himself. The unshakeable belief of Noah to follow God’s design makes it not only build the famous ark, but also set aside hundreds - thousands? - Of human lives begging for a spot on the vessel, bringing the character a moral dubiousness that can yield a good controversy. Is even more intense the conflict experienced by Noah after the flood, a surprising subplot that arouses many questions about the human being.
However, while there is a clear difficulty in creating this reality, Aronofsky skids of light precisely one of its crucial elements: the guardians. Giant beings that serve as links between Paradise Lost and the current life on Earth, they are conceptually interesting but sin in fantasy garb in tone, referring to the film Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings series This option might be for reasons marketing in order to attract a wider audience, but also ends up working against the film, since it makes the characters - and the story itself - even more fanciful. And this side is, in the end, what matters least for the movie as a whole.
Regarding the performances, it is important to highlight the work of Russell Crowe. As much as at times your character resembles the epic starring for it earlier, there in his Ark a variety of emotions that makes it, above all, human. Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson also have good moments, especially in the latter half, when their characters are more emotionally required. The quality in photography, digital, and neat edition in pretty but superfluous moments, as the resubmission of Genesis, also deserve mention.