Most of us have stressed how much humanity has plundered itself into an ego-driven society that craves greed and gluttony. Is that truly the case? The answer will always come out differently depending on what position the person is in.
If they are at a point where they’ve worked enough to become leaders in their community where their creativity has built success, they will tell anyone that people are not at any crossroads and that progress is the only route that we are following. But if you ask a poor family, then they will refer to mankind’s obsession with high social class and how little they care for those that need the real help.
Our questioning of people is not a new thing. Philosophers have debated for a while over how people should act and whether we even should act and give in to our animalistic instincts. I’m a believer that we are not animals (at least in an intelligent and behavioral manner) and we often forget what’s most important. Nobody comes into the world wicked. We can only learn and absorb from our environments and we are what we do. The most well known story on questioning mankind’s ways is told in Noah.
I think it’s easy to assume that most people already know the classic tale of Noah and how he gathered two of every animal in an ark to start the world again after a flood. Even if you’re not religious, Noah remains one of the most told stories of one man’s quest from God to save everything while losing everything.
Though it remains well known, it’s also a part of the Bible that’s not very long and remains open for interpretation. So when I found out that art house master Darren Aronofsky was in charge of Noah, I was excited to see his version.
In this version, Noah (played by Russell Crowe) has a vision from the Creator that the world will end with a flood. He takes his wife Naameh (played by Jennifer Connelly) and three sons to see his grandfather Methuselah (played by Anthony Hopkins) to confirm his vision. Noah is given a seed from the Garden of Eden that sprouts an entire forest where rock angels called The Watchers are convinced that he was chosen by the Creator to build an ark.
Noah spends years building the massive ship to save the animals, though a king named Tubal-Cain (played by Ray Winstone) wishes to use it to save himself and his kingdom.
The first thing I was worried about was that because of the epic size that Noah needed to be, I wasn’t sure how the CGI would look in this kind of movie. My fears were put to rest