Looking back on 2014, it’s still hard to believe that Darren Aronofsky made a movie about the biblical Noah that included skulking villains and giant rock-creatures (and that the film made over $300 million worldwide). But while Noah is far from a great film—for one thing, it gets a little histrionic once the ark is at sea—it is ballsy in ways that few other mainstream filmmakers would dare. Aronofsky’s vision of an ancient world still touched by magic and wonders is often thrilling, especially in the first hour. And even when Russell Crowe’s Noah turns from a heroic kook to a dangerous kook, Aronofsky is still plugging away at one of his pet themes, considering the place where obsessive genius shades into pointless madness. Noah has its feet planted firmly in both. The movie airs on Epix tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern.
January 22, 2015 Cable Pick Of The Day