Darkness of Noah troubled some in test audiences

Initial screenings of Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” has revealed that Christians were not entirely on board with the “Black Swan” director’s depiction of the famous Genesis character.

noahAfter “Noah” superseded its initial $125 million budget and became the costliest movie that Aronofsky had ever made, Paramount Pictures forced the director – against his will – to show several different versions of the unfinished movie to test audiences last year. “I was upset – of course,” Aronofsky told The Hollywood Reporter. “No one’s ever done that to me.”

According to THR, some of “Noah’s” Christians viewers “questioned the film’s adherence to the Bible story and reacted negatively to the intensity and darkness of the lead character” after he got drunk and considered “taking drastic measures to eradicate mankind from the planet.”

The director, who grew up Jewish, developed the story with fellow Jew, Ari Handel. The team lent their own imagination to the film, dreaming “up a world that included fallen angels with multiple arms and inventive, computer-rendered versions of animals.”

Despite the initial screening reactions, Paramount Vice Chair Rob Moore, who is a “devout Christian,” said that the studio anticipates “that the vast majority of the Christian community will embrace [Noah].”


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