Noah gets mixed to positive reactions in Mexico City

The long, long wait is over, for some.

Nearly two years after Paramount Pictures announced that it was going to make the film, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah had its world premiere in Mexico City last night, and both audience members and the handful of critic-bloggers who attended the screening (at least some of whom were flown down there at Paramount’s expense) have responded to the film.

A few new interviews with Aronofsky have also popped up online. You can check those out, along with the first Twitter comments (full reviews are apparently embargoed until closer to the film’s North American release date), after the jump.

Before we wade into the swamp of tweeted reactions from blogger-critics — and from Christians who saw the film late last week — I should first note the new interviews.

In one, Aronofsky tells The Times of Israel that the banning of his film in certain Muslim countries is “sad”, but adds: “In Islam they don’t really represent the Prophets in art. In Western culture we do all the time. So we knew it might be a problem when we first started this. But it’s sad, because I know people would get a lot out of the movie, but you have to respect what people think.”

The British-based Christian Today also has a brief interview with Aronofsky, who says: “In the same way that Middle Earth was created, we decided to create a world out of the clues from the Bible. We were able to build something that’s fantastical, but very truthful to the story. I really think this is the perfect film to bring believers and non-believers together, to develop a conversation between both sides.”

And now, turning to last night’s world premiere:

First, you can watch some brief red-carpet interviews here, as well as a two-minute interview with Aronofsky on Mexican TV here.

The Los Angeles Times notes that Aronofsky greeted the audience of 1,400 people by telling them that his film is “very, very different” from the Bible movies of the past, and “anything you’re expecting, you’re fucking wrong.”

(Is there a trend here? See my earlier blog posts on profanity used by Ridley Scott when discussing Exodus and by Mark Burnett when discussing The Bible, the mini-series that was re-edited to produce this year’s film Son of God.)

The Hollywood Reporter says the film got “a somewhat muted response from the crowd and mixed comments from both the audience and film critics.”

Mexican critic Mario P. Szekely told the paper that audiences “won’t connect emotionally with the main character because it betrays the essence of the biblical character, and the payoff just isn’t good enough.”

Some of the bloggers who attended the screening, however, were more positive — no doubt at least partly because they are fans of some of Aronofsky’s earlier films.

Possibly the longest string of tweets came from Badass Digest’s Devin Faraci:

Peter Sciretta of SlashFilm had this to say:

Nathan Lane, of Temple of Reviews and Film School Rejects, liked the film and noted that the studio doesn’t seem to know how to promote it:

Alex Billington of FirstShowing.net (who tweeted the image at the top of this post) was mixed on the film but loved Clint Mansell’s score:

We Got This Covered found the film uneven but loved the music and cinematography:

It turns out the film was also screened last week for some Christian academics, artists and pastors. A sampling of their tweets follows:

And that’s it, for now. Whew.

Update: Emma Watson also recently tweeted this interview she did for Wonderland magazine with Patti Smith, who wrote two songs for the movie:

March 12 update: You can see “red carpet” photos from the premiere at New Zealand’s 3 News and Great Britain’s Daily Mail, though it’s more like a blue carpet, really — presumably in imitation of the flood waters surrounding the Ark.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).


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