Evil was in the world
The laughing crowd
Left the foolish man at his ark
Filled with animals
When the rain began to fall
It was hopeless
The man could not take the evil crowd with him
But he was allowed to bring his good family.
The rain continued through the night
And the cries of screaming men filled the air
The ark was afloat
Until the dove returned with the leaf
Evil still existed.
When the rainbows reached throughout the sky
The humble man and his family knew what it meant
The animals ran and flew freely with their newborn
The fog rose and the sun shone
Peace was in the air
And it soon appeared in all of man’s heart.
He knew evil would not be kept away
For evil and war could not be destroyed
But neither was it possible to destroy peace
Evil is hard to end and peace is hard to begin
But the rainbow and the dove will always live
Within every man’s heart.
I have not yet seen Noah but I intend to today. As with most films, I judge them based upon my expectations for it. With Darren Aronofsky at the helm, my expectations are high. Personally, he approaches films like a realist. His main characters all have great flaws and almost always inevitably fail to live up to their own expectations (Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler, etc.). I understand the want to leave theaters in a good mood, knowing you were entertained for an hour and thirty minutes, then you go on with your day/night. But that’s exactly what I enoy about Aronofsky’s films, you leave the theater in a different mood you entered and, although it was entertaining, the feeling the film imparted on you linger well after the film. They often leave you questioning the film days after. If that’s not a testament to an effective film, I don’t know what is.
Too often are audiences pandered to with happy endings and sure things. I want a film that makes me feel something. I remember the first time I watched Requiem for a Dream. It was the first time I saw what a well-crafted film could do. I was flat out impressed and that was after I felt damn near sick with how real the film felt. I was right alongside Marion, Tyrone, Sara and Harry Goldfarb. I bought into their illusions of grandeur only to be greatly deceived. And it was a deception that transformed as the film progressed. Where it was possible to believe that something good might come of their actions, soon viewers only saw their imminent demise. But even I could not predict just how far they would fall. Coupled with a powerful soundtrack by Clint Mansell, Requiem is unlike any other film I’ve experienced.
I believe Aronofsky has the capability to create art in his films and the Bible is one place that has inspired more art than any singular thing throughout history. Put the story of Noah in his hands and my expectations are pretty high. But don’t think I don’t understand the circumstances. He’s dealing with a 130 million dollar budget and Christian oversight. The long arm of religion reaches far and wide over what gets produced for mass audiences using “their” content. I know the film was screened in different versions to test audiences. I know the studio brought in experts and Christian leaders to add their two cents. So I understand the context in which this film must work. My hope is that Aronofsky is able to overcome outside bias and is able to realize the film he’s claimed to want to create since he penned “The Dove” in grade school.
Gabriel Sherman traces the beginning of Fox News’ success back to its wall-to-wall coverage of Monica Lewinsky. He says, “Ratings during the Lewinsky scandal exploded more than 400 percent, so you saw instantly that there was a market for this type of … television.” Sherman’s book is called The Loudest Voice In The Room.
“Things seen lodge in the mind as events, while things read linger in the soul only as echoes. However much they haunt us, we need to go back to the original to get the first clear call again.”—Adam Gopnik on the great books behind two good movies: http://nyr.kr/1aKUQeu (via newyorker)