The new biblical-inspired film ‘Noah’ opens in theaters nationwide today, March 28, and has been receiving mostly favorable reviews from the nation’s top critics. But the movie, based on the story of Noah’s Ark, has also been marred by a great deal of controversy, so Russell Crowe himself took to TV to address the noise.
Russell Crowe is standing up for his movie just like Noah stood up for his ark. On March 28, the same day Noah hit theaters, the actor took to Live with Kelly & Michael to discuss the obvious controversy surrounding the biblical movie.
‘Noah’ — Russell Crowe Defends His Latest Film
Russell is no stranger to controversy (this is a guy who once threw a phone at a hotel desk clerk!), so when outrage erupted over his new film Noah, the Oscar-winner stopped by Live with Kelly & Michael to explain that it’s important to watch the movie before judging it!
“It’s been difficult for all of us the last 12 or 14 months, having all of this criticism directed at us by people who think it’s their right to put their name and stamp on something they haven’t seen,” said Crowe, referring to audiences that have dismissed the movie based on its controversial subject matter.
Crowe added that the debate surrounding the film is actually a good thing. “Any piece of art that gets people willingly going into a conversation about our stewardship of the planet and spirituality and what it means to them is a fantastic thing,” he said, adding that while the film is ‘intense,” it’s also “a very respectful movie.”
But what do critics think about the Bible-inspired film?
‘Noah’ — What Are the Critics Saying?
Noah will rile some for the complete omission of the name “God” from the dialogue, others for its numerous dramatic fabrications and still more for its heavy-handed ecological doomsday messages, which unmistakably mark it as a product of its time. But whether you buy these elements or not, this is still an arresting piece of filmmaking that has a shot at capturing a large international audience both for its fantasy-style spectacle and its fresh look at an elemental Bible story most often presented as a kiddie yarn.
This is not in any kind of scripture. This is somebody saying, “What if any of this happened?” Did this bother me? It doesn’t bother me at all.
There are certainly some things about Noah that are misguided, laughable even. But still, a huge springtime movie, anchored by a thundering and thoroughly compelling Crowe (and a forceful Watson), that deals with this much darkness and thoughtful ambivalence is worthy of hearty praise, in my book. It might not be the Good Book, but I hope it counts for something.
Despite its compromises, I like Noah well enough. It grounds the biblical apocalypse in the here and now, tapping into the dystopian mood while retaining a sense of religious awe. Maybe that’s why the fundamentalists hate it. It makes too much damn sense.
The massive torrent of water from above (and from springs below) that wipes out the rest of mankind is worth the price of admission — at least for connoisseurs of computer-generated images — though American audiences will apparently have to wait till Noah hits Blu-ray to see the deluxe 3-D version being shown in other countries.
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