There has been quite a bit of discussion about the recent release of Noah, the movie written and directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Russell Crowe. People are asking questions about how closely Noah follows the story of Noah in the Bible. Does it really apply to our world today? Isn’t this just another movie star vehicle?
SF Chronicle film critic Mick M. LaSalle writes: An intelligent take on the story of Noah and the ark, Darren Aronofsky’s film is no silly action movie with a biblical pretext, but a film with lots of application to what goes on in today’s world. It posits a vision of humankind gone astray, in which those on the side of the creator — Noah, his family and all that creeps, crawls, or slithers — are pitted against those who oppose the divine will. In Aronofsky’s framing, the divine will is vegetarian, environmentalist, and anti-industry. The film makes a persuasive case for its point of view. Russell Crowe is superb in the title role.