I was trying to write something about Noah last night and fell asleep. I just now remembered that I didn’t save anything that I wrote last night. Not that I wrote a wonderful six pages of essay.. But it’s still kind of frustrating.
I wasn’t sure what to think of Noah in the beginning but when I finished watching and walking out of the theatre, I was slowly realizing how much I appreciated this film. I’ve watched three of Aronofsky’s films before and I can’t say Noah was my favorite because I’ve never paid huge attention to Aronofsky, but I could actually understand the message in this movie: not only the core message but also the reasons behind some of the scene choices. Aronofsky’s other movies like, The Fountain, Black Swan, and Requiem for a Dream, I’ve only watched them once. That might be the reason behind my lack of understanding, but I just can’t watch Requiem for a Dream again.. Noah, though, I really want to watch it again to organize my thoughts.
What I appreciated the most was the interpretation of Noah’s story. I believe that every art is an artist’s interpretation of something, and Aronofsky’s interpretation was very realistic. Noah’s characteristic was very real. He is different from us but, at the same time, he is very much like us. He is different, because he is carrying God’s command and the mankind’s future is in his hands, but he is also like us, because he is only a man and we have our limitations.
When I read the Bible, sometimes it is hard to understand why some things happened in a particular way (not the main message but the details). It is our job to interpret those details. For example, Noah had good connection between why Noah was so drunk and naked after he came out of the ark. It wasn’t just from the simple taste of the wine but it was from the most humanly reason: out of stress and feeling of failure. Aronofsky’s interpretation was not only exciting to watch but it also went straight with the core of message from Noah’s story: the Love, mercy and grieve.
Few of my favorite scenes include Noah’s encounter with the twins, and the last scene where he is talking with Ila. Noah sees the twins and he is conflicted to whether or not spare them. He knows there’s too much evil in this world and he himself is evil that every mankind should end after this flood, but when he sees the pure twins, he can’t make up his mind. (and go watch the movie)
It’s been too long since I’ve seen Aronofsky’s three other films, so I really can’t say much about his style. Russell Crowe’s voice over sometimes reminded me of The Fountain, but anything else, I didn’t really see Aronofsky.
At the end of the movie all I could think of was, is our life worth sparing. I don’t think I even have to see the whole world to answer that question. Just looking at myself, I know the answer clearly. But despite all these evilness in me and the world, the only reason He is still carrying us is that He loves us and He still sees the goodness and pureness in everyone’s heart.
But let’s not take advantage of that.