“However, Aronofsky also provides something of an antidote to misinterpretation by identifying love as the criteria of substance in discerning a right path.”
And this is a strikingly Christian perspective for Aronofsky, a secularist Jew, to take. I hope I can see the movie again soon.
The second time I watched the movie I liked it very much better than the first time. I found the first viewing experience somewhat lacking in interest as I knew – SPOILER ALERT – that Noah would not really do what he was building up to do for thirty or so minutes. That knowledge ruined the drama for me. The second time, however, my experience was better. I was more able to focus on the narrative as it was unfolding and not my expectations of this or that.
Related to what you consider this strikingly Christian perspective of love being the criteria of substance in discerning a right path, my sense is that this is what the Noah of “Noah” moves in the direction of realizing when he says to one character that he changed his course of action because, when he looked into his own heart, he could only find love. This is Christian, I agree, but I think the boundaries are larger than that. I don’t find it incongruous for a non-Christian person to similarly feel that love guides his or her action
Anyway … thanks Mark for the tip to this post.
“I don’t find it incongruous for a non-Christian person to similarly feel that love guides his or her action.” I don’t either, for the record. But it is still striking to see, none the less. I liked your review very much, by the way, and thanks for the insight on the benefits of a second viewing.
Kelly, I found your take very interesting. Here’s mine, finally:
(Don’t worry – the site is operative this time).