Aronofsky's Apocalypse

“Quite clearly, the planet is dying, and we are dying on it”, Darren Aronofsky, as quoted in The Guardian.

The fascination with man’s existential awareness, and the attendant psychological burden, weaves it’s way through every Aronofsky film in some fashion. Painfully conscious of their own impending demise, Aronofsky’s dark anit-heros are pulled towards their fate; sometimes while kicking and screaming, sometimes propelled by their own force of will, but always forward. Aronofsky plans to return to that theme once again in an examination of another character who finds himself caught up in the anxiety of life and death, the biblical Noah. It’s not surprising that Aronofsky would find the genesis tale of unwanted heroism, holocaust and rebirth a tempting subject to explore. The director has had an attraction for the tale since youth when he won a poetry award at the age of 13 for a poem about the flood from Noah’s perspective. About his heavy take on Noah, Aronofsky says, “Noah was the first person to plant vineyards and drink wine and get drunk…There was some real survivor’s guilt going on there. He’s a dark, complicated character”.

How will film goer’s react to the director’s latest project? Foregoing any fundamentalist religious fervor, film fans have always divided themselves into two distinct groups – those who worship Aronofsky’s brooding visions, and those who find his works over-indulgent and emotionally cold. No doubt his interpretation of God’s first Armageddon will create the same strong reactions.

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