Noah doesn’t quite work as a movie – it’s ungainly, unwieldy and unsure of whether it wants to be a fantasy epic or an intimate family drama – yet I was intrigued by how Old Testament it felt. If nothing else, Noah captures what it might have been like to live as a follower of God before the cosmos-altering arrival of Jesus.

In this telling of the Bible story, loosely adapted by director Darren Aronofsky and co-screenwriter Ari Handel, such times weren’t pretty. Noah presents a desolate,…  [more]