It's a natural progression for indie (male) directors to ascend their
guts-and-pennies world for cushy blow-up jobs---Kenneth Branagh
eschewed Shakespeare for Thor
, David Gordon Green caught a ride out
of the South on the Pineapple Express
and Spike Lee left Brooklyn
for Inside Man
. Darren Aronofosky's first big to-do is an odd choice
for the guy who came up with "ass to ass"---the story of Noah's Ark.
As usual the world is awful, and then The Creator (you know who) tells
Noah (Russell Crowe) to build an ark, fill it with animals and his
family and the scourges of the earth will be drowned right good.
There's some garbage about exiled-angel rock monsters, Noah's teenage
sons' shenanigans and about 60 percent of it looks mad fake---like
they were going to make it 3D then decided against it---but Noah
incredibly compelling visually, as Aronofosky manages to bend the
source text into an environmental allegory about how Man is the worst.
It would've been nice to see Jennifer Connelly do more, but it's also
just nice to see Jennifer Connelly. As a Bibilical adaptation it makes
a great action movie; as part of the Aronofsky canon it sticks out
like a rock monster. —Tara Thorne