The Pointer at the Movies: ‘Noah’

Movies can be viewed in many ways, such as from a consumer standpoint or from a more technical standpoint, like that of a filmmaker.

For these film reviews we will analyze movies from both perspectives in order to give an in-depth look at the world of cinema. 

This week we reviewed the film “Noah” directed by Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”).

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Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”), Jennifer Connelly (“Blood Diamond”) and Emma Watson (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”) star in the biblical tale of Noah’s Ark.

Before we get into the actual review, we want to get something straight. We are not judging the movie on the direct accuracy of the story in relation to the bible. We are critiquing this film based solely on the elements of storytelling, the acting, and the cinematography of the movie.

When it comes to the movie’s story, we both believe the entire movie relies on the introduction of the world.

We believe within the first 25 minutes of the movie the rules and boundaries of the world make sense in relation to our own knowledge of truth.

While this is just an interpretation of what Aronofsky and screenwriter Ari Handel believe the story of Noah is, we believe that this story possess a realistic description of events with the exception of some metaphorical figures.

Some films with a run time over two hours have seemingly unnecessary points, making the story lag. In “Noah,” there are some sub plots and one main plot, being the journey of Noah himself, which are all essential and fit together well.

The movie was filled with many side characters. Overall, the acting was effective in telling the story, but Watson stands out amongst the sub characters as a performance that could not go unnoticed.

The character of Noah would not be as effective without the great performance of Crowe.

The character is not as much a person as a set of ideal. These ideals are the foundation of the story itself with “the creator” testing this belief system.

When it comes to cinematography, the film was very modern. It had Aronofsky’s style throughout and was very visually appealing.

Overall, we would recommend seeing this movie in theaters. The sound and visuals lend themselves more to the theater than a living room.

In our opinion, you should not base your decisions to go and see the film on just your religious beliefs. Everyone is allowed to have their own interpretation of events and at the minimum this opens up a forum for those to discuss their beliefs freely.

Kyle Behnke

Will Rossmiller


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