Exodus - Gods and Kings: Movie Review

Attributes: Movie Reviews

Director: Ridley Scott
Cast:  Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, and Ben Kingsley

There was a lot negative hype and controversy generated prior to the release of Exodus: Gods & Kings, 'The cast is white and non-Jewish', 'They all have American Accents', 'The movie doesn't justify the actual events', 'The historic details are not accurate.' Ooooooooooooooo! But, do I give a shit? Not even an ounce! The movie has a touch of Gladiator and might seem predictable at places but, I am fine with it.

I admit, the movie has some flaws here & there and the backdrop of characters is not always evident but, in whatever they presented I found Rameses, the most interesting character. Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton in their lead roles as Moses & Rameses make excellent foils for each other. Rameses rules, but Moses seems the more talented leader. He still values his relationship with Moses, but there’s an irreconcilable tension. It’s a genuine struggle for him throughout the film, and Joel Edgerton does a good job but again, Scott should have provided some insight into their past as well.

For Moses, the first bonk puts him in touch with God and I assumed the second would make him secular again but, the second bonk doesn't have that effect so it’s just a coincidence. I guess they just liked hitting Christian Bale on the head. Hearty Harr Harr!! The film gets slow when Moses is in exile and marries the first beautiful chick that he runs into and starts a family but, chale vo sab.

Exodus is a very literal representation of the Old Testament text, where God is depicted as a spoiled, cruel, and unforgiving child who prefers widespread acts of genocide over compassionate discourse. Literally, he's depicted as a small boy in the film and despite the fact the film stars Award-Winning actors from 3 Generations, the script doesn't give Aaron Paul (who just ogles at Christian Bale) & Ben Kingsley the screen-space they deserve.

One of the best parts of the film is the stunning visual scenery. There are some fantastic wide shots of approaching armies and rugged scenery that took my breath away. The plagues are detailed, confronting, and relentless. They come one after the other in quick succession, and really give you a sense of the horror and devastation they caused. There are huge practical crowd scenes, massive sets and elaborate, beautiful costumes that are lush, exotic and extravagant. This is big screen film-making at its most traditional, a pageant of sight and sound that makes the trip to the theatre completely worth it.

Conclusively, despite its flaws Exodus: Gods & Kings is a spectacle one should witness and for that I give it 3 Shors on 5. Cheers.

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