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.
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):