‘Noah’ Review: The Optimism of Possibility

Angels encased in stone, post-apocalyptic ruins that litter Pangaea, a magical old man, and infanticide on a boat – these are the eclectic elements that appear in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. While the film may appear to be a random amalgamation of fantasy, horror, family drama and Biblical epic, the genius of the film is that it unites its disparate parts into a compelling thematic whole. Aronofsky’s genuine exploration of the ethics of free will lends the film a sharp focus that provides a core sense of humanism to an otherwise short and didactic Old Testament story.

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