‘Noah’ Aims To Surprise Moviegoers With Darren Aronofsky’s Vision

Darren Aronofsky’s unique and singular vision has served him well with Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream, yet one wonders if audience members will give Noah a lukewarm reception due to its subject matter. Biblical epics definitely have their place in cinema, yet the filmmaker’s previous stab at a far reaching, humanistic epic (The Fountain) was a commercial misfire (I actually see it as his masterwork).

So far Noah is receiving stellar reviews, and kudos goes out to Paramount Pictures for bankrolling such a project. With an A-list cast in tow (Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman, Emma Watson) and solid word of mouth as its anchor, Noah may actually be Aronofsky’s first box-office home run.

NOAH (Paramount Pictures, CR: Niko Tavernise)It’s rare for auteurs, especially ones who approach cinema with a cerebral yet ultimately evocative hand, to direct a monumental hit (Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity is that rare exception), and hopefully Aronofsky achieves the feat.

During a recent interview, Aronofsky talked about how Noah will shake up moviegoers’ preconceived notions of epics. Click on the media below to hear the director talk about Noah and “scaring the hell” out of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM):

Noah opens stateside March 28.

Greg Srisavasdi

Greg Srisavasdi worked for over 17 years at Westwood One as a radio producer/interviewer. He is also a member of the BFCA (Broadcast Film Critics Association) and a proud UCLA Bruin (Class of '93). The creator of DeepestDream.com, he can be reached at editor@deepestdream.com for further inquiries.

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