Vic's Flick Picks
Exodus: Gods and Kings
This is not in any way an epic feature film in the mold of The Ten Commandments, and I really missed Yul Brunner.
I feel silly describing the storyline, but here goes. Moses (Christian Bale) and Ramses (Joel Edgerton) are raised together as cousins. Moses being a great general, Ramses the spoiled and entitled son of Pharaoh Seti (John Turturro). Seti has always favored Moses. It is discovered that Moses is not the child of the Pharaoh’s sister, but is Hebrew – and a slave of Egypt. Moses is exiled from Egypt, and settles in the desert with a wife and eventually a child before he is given a mission by God … free the Hebrew people from their Egyptian slavery.
Director Ridley Scott did provide wonderful scenery and breathtaking cinematography, but his focus and pace was excruciatingly dull. About half way through the film….probably nine hours… wait, okay, it was only three hours long, but it felt much longer…I was ready to poke my eyes out.
The writers provided an epic failure, focusing on the Exodus of the Hebrew people and not their journey to Canaan. This may have worked if we had a little more character development, especially in Moses. You𠆝 think he would have all the anguish and enlightenment𠉫ut no, we never see him struggle with accepting his Hebrew heritage and he comes to God with an almost off-hand manner when the Lord speaks to him in the form of a young boy.
“God does not look like child,” Moses’ wife Zipporah (Maria Valverde) says when he confronts her with his newfound faith.
“Then describe him to me,” he answers. Good point.
The plagues are presented as punishment from God, not threats from Moses. Although, the giant alligators were extremely cool. Perhaps I am too entrenched in The Ten Commandments and can’t see around that standard. No, if Exodus: Gods and Kings was better, then I wouldn’t be so nostalgic for Yul Brunner.
Only two boxes out of five. I actually missed the last ten minutes of the film because I had to go to the bathroom. I am not sad about that. Exodus: Gods and Kings is rated PG-13 for violence and battle scenes.
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Joel Edgerton is an Australian – he also appeared in this 2013 classic remake with Carey Mulligan.
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