Posted on Friday, December 6th, 2013 by David Chen
When Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain was released in 2006, didn’t perform very well commercially or critically. But in the intervening years, the film has become somewhat of a cult hit, thriving on DVD and online streaming as more people have discovered it and attempted to plumb its depths.
I remember my first experience seeing the film in theaters. I was blown away by the raw performances, the gorgeous space/cell imagery, and the way Aronofsky seamlessly blended these three parallel storylines together. But many things also confused me. In my attempts to figure out what was actually going on, I realized that people actually had multiple interpretations of the film, several of which I just didn’t buy due to the evidence in the movie.
What follows is a video essay that represents my best attempt at explaining the events of the film. Find it after the jump and share your own theories in the comments.
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We’re fascinated with Noah, from Darren Aronofsky. The filmmaker has merged the sacred and the profane before, but never on this scale, and rarely for the sort of wide audience that a biblical epic like Noah is likely to draw. And we’re still trying to get a sense of what the film really is — as is Paramount, if reports are any indication. So the trailers so far have been strange, with spatters of character clues and a good hint of spectacle, but I feel like we’re really only seeing a small part of what the film will be.
Below, there’s a new Japanese trailer for Noah, and despite the fact that it is cut for an audience that might not approach the film in the same way a conservative American audience might (and that’s an audience that Paramount very much wants and needs for this movie) it still treads along a path very similar to what’s been used of the domestic sales pitch.
But there’s some new footage here, including a hint or two that the voyage through the flood is particularly rough. Read More »
The story of Noah and the ark that preserved some of Earth’s creatures against God’s wrathful flood is one of our most well-known tales, but with Darren Aronofsky doing the telling it’s safe to assume the film Noah will feature some new angles. Russell Crowe plays the devout man given advance word that the flood is coming, and Ray Winstone is the king who — for reasons we don’t entirely know — isn’t thrilled that Noah is building a massive boat in the middle of his kingdom.
Here’s a new international trailer for the film. It may rearrange the money shots from the first trailer, but there a good bit of new footage sprinkled in to hold everything together. The extra footage of the beginning of the flood is really tremendous; this movie looks like a strange beast, but it will be exciting to see Aronofsky play on such a gigantic scale. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, November 14th, 2013 by Angie Han
Following yesterday’s juicy little teaser, not one but two full-length trailers for Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah have arrived, and you can check out both of them after the jump.
Russell Crowe stars as the familiar Biblical hero, who’s driven by a vision from God to prepare for an upcoming flood that could wipe out all life on Earth. He builds an ark and begins to round up the animals, but not everyone (including villain Ray Winstone) is on board with his plan.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 by Angie Han
Paramount and Darren Aronofsky were still sparring over the third act of Noah, last we heard, but with the Biblical epic scheduled for a spring release it’s about time for the first trailer to land. Which, per the modern movie marketing playbook, means they’re starting off with a trailer for the trailer.
The clip is less than 20 seconds long, but it makes the most of that time. You’ve got Russell Crowe as Noah considering his visions, a few lovely shots of the ark, quick peeks at co-stars Jennifer Connelly and Logan Lerman, and more. Check it out after the jump.
[Update: A new poster has also been revealed — see it after the jump!]
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Darren Aronofsky‘s upcoming film Noah tells exactly the story the title would lead you to assume: of Noah (Russell Crowe, above), the ark, and the flood, as relayed in the Bible.
Well, not quite as relayed in the Bible, and that’s where things get tricky. From the beginning Aronofsky wasn’t interested in making a straight Biblical story — while he described this one very early on as a “Biblical epic,” the actual details of the story aren’t quite what you got out of Sunday School. The director has said this is “about environmental apocalypse… Noah was the first environmentalist.”
Which could be a problem for Paramount and New Regency, which ponied up for the film not only because Aronofsky’s last movie, Black Swan, turned a healthy profit and earned an Oscar for Natalie Portman, but because everyone on the money side figured a slightly fantastic vision of Noah would be an easy sell to faith-based audiences, simply based on its Biblical pedigree. Oops.
Now there’s word that early test screenings have been “worrisome,” with “troubling reactions,” and talk of Paramount and the director battling over final cut. How much should you make of all that? Figure it out below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 by Angie Han
That Noah, a historical epic about a man on a boat with dozens, perhaps hundreds, of different kinds of animals, would require lots of effects work is no surprise. Particularly when the director behind it is Darren Aronofsky, whose striking visual sense has made him a favorite among cinephiles. But even so, you may be surprised to hear just how much work went into creating this thing.
All of Noah’s animals are digital creations, and because there’s so many of them the wizards at Industrial Light & Magic had their work cut out for them. According to Aronofsky, one shot in particular earned him the “badge of honor” of having the most complex effects shot in ILM’s history. Hit the jump to read his comments.
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With Noah basically done, Darren Aronofsky is looking at his follow-up options. One new one is an adaptation of the novel Red Sparrow, a modern espionage thriller by former CIA officer Jason Matthews. The director is in early talks with Fox to develop and direct the project, which follows a woman whose evolving role in Russia’s intelligence organization brings her into contact with a young CIA agent. Read More »
Darren Aronofsky‘s Biblical epic Noah is scheduled for release March 28, 2014, which means the marketing should start fairly soon. Case in point, the director showed an early cut of the trailer on Thursday to an audience at the Echo Conference, a church-based conference in Texas for “artists, geeks and storytellers.” He sent a video introduction and then showed the trailer.
We don’t have the trailer just yet, but we have the video introduction and some reactions, all of which were positive. Read More »