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'Ello, my name is The King of Sodom!
on 18 October 2016
This was actually a lot better than I expected. In the current climate it really makes a change to find a 'mythological' type film that, instead of whingeing about religion, puts the blame for the state of the world where it belongs: with the greed and violence of everyone in it. The point is laboured a little at times, but it's a fault on the right side. Up to and including the battle scene this is not a bad film and, although obviously liberties are taken, surprisingly true to the spirit of the original story. The Icelandic locations give it an interesting flavour - like One Million Years BC but a lot chillier.
Sadly, everything that happens on board the ark is pretty much a write off. [Spoilers:] You know that Ray Winstone, doing his usual Cockney geezer schtick, is never going to get the better of Noah, nor is Noah going to kill his granddaughters - I mean, not only do you consciously know that those things won't happen, there's no emotional sense that they *might*. He's Russell Crowe FFS! This pointless half-hour sucks the life out of the film and prevents you caring much about the end.
So it's three stars but a 'pleasantly surprised' rather than 'disappointed' three. I do think they missed a trick, though: I was hoping for an epic tussle between Ray's forces and all those budgies and squirrels - but no.