I’m not a big fan of Russell Crowe, and it has nothing to do with him personally, nor do I think he’s bad actor. He’s a fantastic actor, in fact, but outside of L.A. Confidential and The Insider, I find him a complete bore. It’s the grim, self-seriousness, the way he seems to deflect charm, joy, and happiness whenever he opens his mouth. When he speaks, everything just kind of flattens out, like a rolling tsunami of plodding, thunderous boredom.
That’s kind of how I feel about the trailer for Darren Aronovsky’s Noah. It’s an “epic” story, but based on the trailer, it feels as though its being told in as dreary as fashion as possible. It looks “epic” in the most tediously ways imaginable. Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, and Jennifer Connelly are all great actors who are great at what they do, although what they often do is just steal all the air out of a room. I’m surprised this trailer doesn’t completely collapse in on its own self-importance.