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

Emma Watson in Noah

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

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.

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