‘Noah’ Trailer with Emma Watson Intro; Early Critic Reactions

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Nowadays stories set in post-apocalyptic visions of the future are so popular that they’re practically commonplace, but this spring director Darren Aronofsky is bringing one of the original apocalypse tales to the screen in Noah, a big-budget epic retelling of the well-known Bible story. Russell Crowe plays the lead: a man who suffers visions of a great flood and recruits his family in building an enormous ark (which is sadly not called Tugger) to save his loved ones and a few thousand birds and beasts from certain death.

Joining Noah in the ark are Jennifer Connelly as his wife Naameh, Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth as his sons Ham and Shem, and Emma Watson as his adopted daughter Ila. Watson herself introduces the latest trailer for Noah with the long-standing British tradition of extreme awkwardness. Even when the trailer begins, it’s Ila who largely seems to be the focus as one of the human hearts of the world-ending tale.

With a filmography filled with idiosyncratic and edgy titles like Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream, some critics had reservations about how well Aronosky would cope with such a big-budget studio film – one which would need to tread careful so as not to upset the religious community. These worries were compounded fter reports that disclaimers designed to placate religious viewers had been added to the marketing materials without Aronofsky’s knowledge or consent.

Emma Watson in Noah Noah Trailer with Emma Watson Intro; Early Critic Reactions

Luckily, early critic and audience reactions suggest that Aronofsky’s vision has survived intact. Some have warned that it’s likely be very polarizing, and comparisons have been made to the director’s extremely divisive 2006 film The Fountain (which was a box office flop – let’s hope that’s not an ill omen). Others noted that the trailers have done a poor job of capturing the essence of the film. Overall, however, the reactions have been very positive.

According to THR, the world premiere of Noah in Mexico City received a mixed response from audience members. Aronofsky introduced it by saying, “It’s a very, very different movie… Anything you’re expecting, you’re f—ing wrong.” Whether that’s true or not we’ll have to wait to find out for ourselves, but apparently the audience clapped for about 30 seconds after the credits rolled… though they remained in their seats for the applause. Upon leaving, some members of the audience commented that it was “slow” and “dragged” in places.

Does this early buzz make you want to go and see Noah in theaters, or will you wait for full reviews before deciding? Tell us what you’re expecting from Aronofsky’s Biblical epic in the comments.


Noah opens in theaters on March 28, 2014.

Source: THR, /Film

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  1. Well she’s very beautiful ! and the movie looks awesome

  2. This movie looks DOPE! I’m very much looking forward to the more fantastical elements. Bring on the Nephilim!!!!!!!!!! -it’s a shame that a disclaimer has to be presented to appease zealots.

    • The disclaimer will bring in MORE “zealots” (like me) which will bring in MORE money. It’s win-win.

  3. Emma Watson could probably sell me anything, som i’m in! Also Aronofsky is a very talented director!

  4. I am looking forward to seeing this film; looked cautiously promising from the trailer.

  5. I trust Aronofsky’s vision, and nothing about what I’ve seen looks bad per se, but it just doesn’t look interesting. I’m sure that the film itself packs twists and punches and as they say “fantasy elements” that are not evidenced in this clip. But frankly, I’m just not sure how interested I am in this film.

    Is it worth this big-budget production? Maybe, probably, but they haven’t done a good job of selling that, most likely as a result of playing it safe with the previews.

  6. That title card at the end of the trailer looks exactly the same as the one at the beginning of DreamWork’s ‘The Prince of Egypt’ film about Moses.

  7. No CGI animals were harmed during the Great Flood.
    So rest easy P.E.T.A

  8. These early reactions are promising. The trailer didn’t really get me psyched but the fact that it’s Aaronovsky did. Don’t care if it’s polarizing, and I feel like that’s probably from the people who don’t know Aaronovsky’s work or are straight from the book (bible) type people.

    Though out of the biblical films coming out, I’m more excited for Exodus without having even seen anything.

    • One reason is the lack of enough star talent and writers today.
      “they don’t make them like that anymore with the awesome sets and thousands of extras.”

  9. Emma is gorgeous as ever. Didn’t watch the trailer.

  10. This is not the type of film I’d usually be drawn towards but Aronofsky has a ton of very interesting and great movies he’s made in the past, add to that that Emma Watson is in the cast then you’ve sold me.

    Will be interested to see what I think of it and whether or not the film does well worldwide.

  11. Some of those comments from the reviewers actually have me feeling better about this movie than before. I was worried that this would be another ’2012′ apocalypse movie, only with better actors, and a cool story, with tenuous religious ties or overtones.

    Now I’m seeing more of the original biblical influence (ie. what others call ‘fantasy’.) In the Bible, the early days were very dark and violent, and I can just imagine the types of character interactions that could occur if mankind is threatened with extinction, and you’re the only guy with a boat.

  12. Emma Watson, so good to see you again!!!!! I’m coming to make you money!!!! Oh hey Russel, looking good, yeah bro I’ll make you some money too! #Noah lol

  13. Biblical epic meets fantasy meets philosophy? Polarizing? Not what audiences will be expecting? Comparisons to “The Fountain”? That’s exactly what I wanted to hear. I’ll be seeing this when it comes out in theatres.

  14. I’m hopeful that the movie will be good-great but sadly I think chances are high that it will bomb.
    I and most of us here know what to expect from the movie because we’ve been reading about it and have seen trailers and plot synopsis for a while now but I think the average movie-goer has no idea what to expect.
    The TV trailers are a confusing mess and Paramount seems to be so scared of offending people that they afraid to market the film to an audience that would actually appreciate the movie.

    At the end of it all I actually feel bad for Darren Aronofsky. After years of making Indie Films and having to fight for every penny this was the first time he actually was able to direct a proper studio film with a budget that wasn’t peanuts but it sounds like it’s been a nightmare.

  15. This trailer was uninspired and dull (probably to appease a certain crowd, especially with that ridiculous card at the end that made me cringe) but thankfully, I’d seen others on this site and on The Jonathan Ross Show months ago when Ray Winstone was a guest that looked better.

    I saw The Fountain for the first time a few weeks ago and loved it, very philosophical, much like Life Of Pi and Cloud Atlas, both of which I also enjoyed immensely.

    Can’t wait until it releases on April 4th.

  16. You know, they could just say that this was equally based on the Epic of Gilgamesh, but I guess they’re half banking on the notoriety- that’s a well played hand.

  17. Grumpy old man and his vegan family, with the kind and able assistance of Godzilla and the Smog Monster, ride BattleStar Galactic to a new land.

    I got bored after the middle of the movie and started to fall asleep. I kept waiting for it to get better but it never really did. It just got tedious.

    Afterwords, I ducked into a screening of Divergent, which some might think formulaic, but which I thought had better lines and delivery.

    I didn’t find anything really wrong with Noah. It’s an okay story. I just found it rather tedious and drawn out. Maybe it would have been better as a TV mini-series. Also, the dark colors and music was depressing during the whole movie and never really lightened up. Also, the ending was kind of flat. I thought that the ending seemed to be missing something.