“While every filmmaker ends up selling a part of their soul when they transition to blockbusters, I cannot agree that this problem serves as a major setback for Noah. [Director Darren] Aronofsky does a brilliant job opening the film by demonstrating Noah’s belief in the sanctity of all life, human or animal. Yet as the film progresses and the floodwaters rise, we see a different side of him; he is more a flawed human being than a man of God. He’s dangerous, murderous, and even disturbed by the fact that he and his family have survived while numerous others have been laid to waste. The film’s ending isn’t one of complete happiness; it’s melancholic and even ambiguous in its exploration of morality. There are no clean getaways, and the film’s pro-vegan, environmentalist message is both fitting and haunting. The arrangement of images in the movie, including the river and “evolution” sequences, are especially breathtaking. In many ways, Noah reminded me of Where the Wild Things Are, and how by deviating from the source material, both Darren Aronofsky and Spike Jonze managed to craft original, thematically significant and emotionally resonant works of art.”
Why I’m Wrong
Aronofsky crucial to Noah
Enemy is puzzling, not boring
To say Enemy is polarizing and puzzling is one thing, but for you to be bored? With such great style, constant imagery and symbolism, and never knowing where the film was gonna take you next, I was thoroughly engaged and on the edge of my seat. (Director Denis) Villeneuve was present at the TIFF screening and said this film was extremely personal for him and felt like he was naked up on screen. I certainly was puzzled by it all but the film grabbed hold of me and still hasn’t let go!
Wolf of Wall Street trumps Pain & Gain
Scorsese puts all the ugliness up on screen for us to see. It’s up to us how we respond. I think this film much more successfully accomplishes what Bay failed to do in Pain and Gain, where we are supposed be laughing at horrific acts like human flesh being barbecued by The Rock.