The disputes related to the new epic movie Noah by Darren Aronofsky seem to have no end.
But actually, we are talking about Aronofsky and it’s difficult to think that things can be otherwise.
After the religious controversies and disputes about the end of the movie, just few hours before the World Première in Mexico City, the Paramount has confirmed that Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates will not release the film.
Probably will take the same position also Jordan, Kuwait and Egypt stating that “the movie offends Islamic teaching and the feelings of the faithful with its dark representation of a holy figure”.
Paramount has agreed to edit the film’s promotional materials to include a statement to make clear that the movie is an imaginative adaptation of the Bible story: “While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide” but it seems that in the Muslim countris the movie will not be release.
But yesterday, despite the bad news, was also the day of the World Première at Pepsi Center in Mexico City.
Despite Emma Watson and Russell Crowe‘s absence, the number of screaming teens at the red carpet event has been remarkable.
The director was joined at the event by Logan Lerman, Jennifer Connelly and Douglas Booth (in Alexander McQueen) and they took the stage before the start.
Aronofsky warned the audience that the movie, as we said before, is really far from people’s expectations: “It’s a very, very different movie. Anything you’re expecting, you’re f***ing wrong”.
The response at the end, however, was not so warm. The audience applauded for 30 seconds but from their sits, without stands.
The film critcs were divided: an American critic said he would write a favorable review, but another said it was “a bit long and dragged in spots”.
Also cinemagoer, Veronica Muratalla, commented negatively about the movie : “In general I didn’t like it. It seemed slow, and I found it tiring”.
It will be interesting, with a series of premieres coming in the next few days, to see how each country will respond to a film that touches the audience’s spiritual and religious sensitivity.
There will be also a London première on March 31st and we will be there for you!
Noah is released in the UK on April 4.