The portrayal of the fallen angels as rock Ents was interesting.
As both a retelling of the biblical story, and as basic theatrical entertainment, Noah fails spectacularly.
March 31, 2014 by Tim Wells
This Quick Review is spoiler-free.
Is that a yawn? Because I concur.
The good news: if you’re a nature-worshiping vegan with no friends, your chances of surviving a world-ending apocalypse are way better than most.
The bad news: the rest of us are screwed.
Before I get into any specifics, here’s the super quick version of this Quick Review, which I shared to my Facebook wall, immediately after watching Noah:
I wasn’t expecting Noah to be a completely accurate retelling of the Bible story, and I went to the film with an open mind. But even the most open of minds couldn’t change the fact that Noah is a movie about dirty, grungy, miserable people, being dirty, grungy, and miserable. And rain. Lots and lots of rain.
I didn’t hate Noah because it didn’t do the original story justice. I hated it because it’s a preachy, unnecessarily long, boring movie in which I couldn’t have cared less about what happened to any of the characters. And when I say “preachy,” I’m not talking about the biblical story of God cleansing the earth of sin. I’m talking about the movie’s constant, in-your-face message that the earth belongs to the truly innocent – the animals – and the rest of us are just messing it up for them.
There was a point where Noah said, “I have failed you,” and my first thought was, “You’ve got that right, pal. Can I have my ten bucks back?”
I did get a kick out of the fact that the earth’s only vegetarian family spends half the movie screaming for “Ham” (Noah’s son). For that reason alone, I award Noah a half star out of five.
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