Hello fellow moviegoers!
'Exodus: Gods and Kings' is a movie directed by Ridley Scott, and it stars Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, and Aaron Paul. It is the story of the Exodus. Moses (Bale) was an Egyptian prince before his life is turned upside down, when he discovered that he is not who he thought he was. He was born a slave. This movie is about his journey to set his people free through the help of God, and him struggling with his faith. Edgerton plays the Pharaoh Ramses, and he does not want to set free the slaves that helped build his empire. This movie has been highly anticipated by some. Others are nervous about it because of 'Noah' earlier this year. Here is what I think...
Overall I thought that this was a pretty decent film. It does a good job keeping you involved in these characters and what they are going to while also staying relatively true to it's source. The action scenes in this movie were very well directed, which is to be expected from Ridley Scott. In the first real battle towards the beginning I found myself really into what was happening on the screen.
The acting in this movie was pretty good all around. Christian Bale was great as Moses, his performance in this film really captured what Moses was going through, and all of the challenges that he faced. On actor I was extremely pleased by, maybe more so than Bale, was Joel Edgerton as Ramses. When watching this movie, I really couldn't help but be glued to the screen whenever he was there. While he performance isn't necessarily Oscar worthy, it definitely deserves to be recognized. So good job.
Ben Kingsley was good in the film although he wasn't in it quite as much as I had wanted him to be. I wish that there would have been a few more scenes with him so that we could get a little more involved in his character. It just kind of felt like a waste of good talent to me.
There were a few things I noticed that took me out of the film a little bit though. One of which was that in a movie about Egyptians the cast was almost completely white. While, the actors and actresses did a good job, I just couldn't help but think "Why are there English people in Egypt?". Another thing is, I noticed at times that it seemed like I was watching the movie through Instagram filters. At times, it seemed that the entire screen had a yellow tint, other times it was green, and blue, etc. etc. I did see the film in 3D so that may be part of the reasoning, I may watch it again in 2D to see if that is true. But if it is, that is also a poor job on the film's part of not having good 3D.
Speaking of the 3D, this film is one that it really is completely unnecessarily in 3D. The 3D in this film is just kind of there. It doesn't enhance the experience at all, nor did I really notice it at times. Save your money people, see it in 2D. Please.
In conclusion, I liked this film, but it did not blow me away. The acting in it is great, but why is everybody white? At times, felt like I was watching it through filters, and the 3D is not necessary. But, the story was well written, the actions scenes were very well directed, the film could have been a little shorter, but it wasn't absurdly long. I would definitely recommend it to religious people, and anybody who is a fan of these kinds of action movies in ancient times. I am having a tough time coming up with a score for this one. But I would give it a...
I know, I know, it is a really odd score. But, while I enjoyed the movie, it is not quite a 7/10. Although it is very close.
What did you think of 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'? Are you fine with films like this making all of the main characters white, or do you think it should be ethnically accurate? Let me know by commenting on this post!
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