I was planning to sit through it with the expectation that the most surprising bit of the show would be the crate shaped Ark, I mean, how much can you do with a seriously old story?
Turns out quite a bit and do it very well.
Its quite obvious from the start that its not a literal interpretation of the Bible story so thats got the Hard line Christians annoyed already and despite stopping short of showing the evolution of Ape in to Man in one scene, its quite clear that the makers of this film are doing their own thing with it and they don't give a damn who they might upset. And good for them. The story is excellent and it felt familiar and alien at the same time, a bit like when I saw Lord of the Rings 20 years after reading the book, You know its not sticking to the script but that doesn't hurt it at all.
The Environmental aspect of the film is obvious and the Vegetarian/Vegan overtones have been well documented in the main stream media but its not shoved down your throat yet you still come away feeling that you should be doing more for the planet as the message behind the Movie is quite powerful...Change or die.
The acting...My only grumble would be Emma Watsons portrayal of a Mother when I still think of her as a 10 year old wizard. Crowe is well suited to the part and pulls off the Wise, God fearing honourable Noah and The rest of the cast are more than adequate to the role given them.
Was it a bit too long?, not for me, it kept me rooted to the chair for the 2hr and 17 minutes and I was a bit sad when it finished as it was quite a good yarn.
Don't watch this film if you are a Biblical Literalist, you wont like it and you'll get upset so spare yourself the offence, everyone else should though....
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