We’re already placing cinematic bookmarks for 2014’s most notable studio features, from Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar to the Weinstein Company’s Paddington Bear adaptation. Those are still quite far on the horizon, but much closer within reach is Noah, the long-forming biblical epic from Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky. We’ve known to keep a careful eye on this one for a while, as Aronofsky’s not been handed this kind of scale before, though he’s certainly handled it. The Fountain had him working against budget limitations to turn out something uniquely spectacular, though perhaps too wildly, vividly expressive for mainstream audiences.
That may well be a similar fate for Noah, a film that certainly looks beguiling, even if this trailer makes its plot look as clear cut as it is. I trust – okay, I really hope – Aronofsky will push Russell Crowe to rise above his intense stoicism and tap into a deeper emotional nerve than he’s reached since
Les Miserables Man with the Iron Fists A Beautiful Mind. I also hope he raises his visual effects quota to the potent stylistic intention of The Fountain, because there’s a risk of the film’s look being too standardized, dealing with numerous animals, intense hordes and apocalyptic imagery. I admit a couple moments of the below trailer look a bit drab.
Am I excited? Well, admittedly not to the extent I’d like, but I’, intrigued. Setting the film as both a creation myth and an apocalyptic vision is an ingenious move, but one that could too easily be convoluted in mythology if not grounded in character.. As Gravity‘s whirlwind success proves, audiences are ready for something fresh and new. Can Noah bring that out in the oldest story in the book? We’ll see when it comes out on March 28th, 2014.