First of all, just let me start off by saying that my main motivation behind seeing this film was to see Logan Lerman and Emma Watson on the same screen again in some sort of dire hope of reliving their fantastic performances in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Okay, now, down to business. Noah follows the often told and well known Biblical story, where
God—or in this rendition, “The Creator”—purges the Earth of the waste and toxins that mankind has created. There is a great flood, and it wipes the surface of the planet clean. The only one that has been entrusted to survive and repopulate the planet with wildlife, is a man named Noah (Russell Crowe). He is commanded to build an ark that will hold two of each beast that walks the earth. He spends years building the vessel, with the help of his wife Naameh (Jennifer Connelly), and sons Ham (Logan Lerman) and Shem (Douglas Smith).
It was obvious that Hollywood had its hands on this well known story, because if they had adhered strictly to the original Biblical text the film would’ve been only a fraction of its
runtime. To avoid this, and to make things more engaging, a nice romantic subplot between Shem and Ila (Emma Watson) was thrown into the mix. Just to make matters more interesting, Ham is also interested in Ila and was thus presented as a sexually frustrated teenager who often ran off into the forest or a corner or the ark to sulk far too often over the course of the film.
One aspect of the film that stood out the most for me, was the accent that the actors all took on for their roles. The story of Noah takes place in a time long before our own, and therefore today’s regional accents didn’t exist as we know them today. I read in an interview that in an attempt to unify the accents of the cast—which was made up of an
ensemble of actors from across the English-speaking world—they all took on a “mid-Atlantic” accent. This however, did not quite work out as well as they had probably hoped. The Brits—Emma Watson and Douglas Smith—still sounded British, Russell Crowe only sounded slightly different than his otherwise New Zealand accent allows him to sound. Logan Lerman sounded hardly any different except for a few instances where it just sounded like he was speaking in a bad British accent. The only one who I commend on their speech is Jennifer Connelly, who I felt embodied this crossroads of accents much more than her cast mates were able to muster.
Even though Noah did not quite live up to my expectations, it still serves as a disturbingly thought provoking visualisation about what might happen if we humans continue to abuse the land that we call home. Would I recommend this film? Well, that depends on how much you like the idea of Sunday School on the big screen.