2014’s “Noah” is a retelling of the Biblical flood story starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, and Emma Watson. The film takes a decidedly fantastical approach to the story, incorporating mythical creatures and massive battle scenes into what’s a fairly short tale from the Bible. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the film split opinions between critics who viewed it favorably and general audiences who wished they’d gone to see something else.
Darren Aronofsky told The Independent, “‘Noah’ is an odd choice for me, I admit.” For one thing, religious-themed films are always risky ventures that have a strong chance of offending some audiences, and though Aronofsky was raised Jewish, he’s not particularly religious himself. Aronofsky has an odd view of the Biblical story, and that might help to explain why he chose to film his own version of it. “I think Noah is the first superhero … well, the second superhero. Adam and Eve are the first ones.”
Though he clarified that the movie isn’t a superhero film, the superhero framing is why Aronofsky wanted to explore Noah’s story. For anyone who wanted to see Aronofsky’s version of “Batman” or “The Wolverine,” “Noah” is likely to make a sorry substitute, but on its own, the film is an interesting exploration of a very powerful human story.