Fox’s Exodus: Gods and Kings is the latest of Ridley Scott’s sword and sandals genre films. A visually stunning film and extremely well acted. Exodus retells the relationship between Ramses (Joel Edgerton), the future Pharaoh of Egypt and Moses (Christian Bale), his adopted cousin who turned out to be a Hebrew slave.
Scott is a master at storytelling and dedicating the film to his late brother made it that much more touching. Though it is an epic tale, this film should not be watched in hopes of a theological awakening. Only one of Moses’ sons, Gershom (Hal Hewetson) is shown, the 10 plagues are glossed over, Ramses is a childish ruler, jealous of his cousin instead of a harsh monarch and the most egregious offense is God being depicted as a headstrong child throwing a tantrum.
Once you looked past the atheist slant with only a dash of hope to hold off extreme protests that would come from the Evangelical Protestant movements, you can enjoy Exodus: Gods and Kings for great storytelling and visual effects.
Bale and Edgerton are amazing as always and although her part was miniscule, Hiam Abbass was fantastic. If you’re looking for fantastic cinematography and a beautiful score to help you escape for roughly two and a half hours, then this will be worth your $10.
Exodus: Gods and Kings opens Friday, December 12, 2014…just in time for the award season cut off.