Darren Aronofsky's Enviro-Disaster Film 'Noah' Screens at Texas Church Conference
Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic Noah isn't quite ready to hit theaters, but the director screened the film recently at ECHO, a progressive church conference being held in Dallas, Texas.
After Aronofsky's "exclusive sneak peek," several viewers took to Twitter all coincidentally saying that the film "looks amazing."
By making a direct appeal to Christian church organizations, it appears that Aronofsky and Paramount Pictures are looking to the lesson that Mel Gibson's film The Passion of the Christ taught. With the right film, churches can be a very lucrative market.
Director Aronofsky says that this film is the fulfillment of a life-long dream.
"I'm also excited that Hollywood has finally agreed to make the first biblical epic in almost 50 years," he adds. "It's been a long time since Bible movies were on the screen, and there's been a lot of advancements in technology and special effects, and maybe that's the reason why Noah's never been attempted on the big screen before, because of the size and scale of the deluge and all the different animals. … But now, finally, with Hollywood's help, we can actually do this and bring it to life."
The director, responsible for such films as Black Swan, The Wrestler, and The Fountain says he tried to stay as true to the Bible as possible and still make the movie accessible to general audiences.
But some voices are criticizing the film as an anachronism that ignores the biblical source material and turns the story into a modern-themed envrio-disaster film.
Film critic Brian Godawa, for instance, says that Aronofsky's film portrays a Middle East that is "dry cracked earth, and a gray gloomy sky that gives no rain" because God is upset by man’s "disrespect" for the environment.
"In short," Godawa writes, the film gives us "an anachronistic doomsday scenario of ancient global warming. How Neolithic man was able to cause such anthropogenic catastrophic climate change without the ‘evil’ carbon emissions of modern industrial revolution is not explained. "
Some interviews with the stars lends credence to the idea that Aronofsky is going in an environmentalist direction with his Noah instead of sticking with the proper biblical themes.
The film stars Russell Crowe as Noah, Emma Watson as Ila, Anthony Hopkins as Methuselah, Jennifer Connelly as Naameh, Logan Lerman as Ham, and Ray Winstone.
Noah will hit theaters in March 2014.