Paramount Pictures should have known what they were getting into when they decided to move forward on a big-budget telling of the Biblical fable of Noah and his ark as conceived by fiercely independent-minded filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (2010's "Black Swan"). The original story from the book of Genesis can be read as an allegory if one so chooses—it is about a man who allegedly lived to be 950 so one should automatically decipher that it's not to be taken factually—yet once rumors got out that the writer-director was approaching the material with a certain creative license, fundamentalist Christian literalists sprang into outrage mode, sight unseen. The title character in "Noah" is no longer described as being hundreds of years old, thank goodness, but he might as well have been since Aronofsky and co-writer Ari Handel (who received story credit on 2006's "The Fountain") have seen fit to turn an already-far-fetched story into an even sillier, threadbare bit of nonsense. In terms of money spent and talent procured, this is a major creative fiasco in the annals of big-screen turkeys. This is also the reason why it will be difficult to ignore.
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