Film review: Exodus: Gods and Kings

One of the most well known biblical stories lit up the big screen in December, sparking copious amounts of chatter regarding its historical accuracy, special effects and choice of cast. “Exodus: Gods and Kings” follows Moses (Christian Bale) and his quest to challenge the ideals of Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton) in order to revolutionize 1300 BCE Egypt.

(20th Century Fox)

(20th Century Fox)

The film’s director, Ridley Scott, has a plethora of popular movies under his belt, including “Alien,” “Thelma & Louise” and “Gladiator.” His notoriety in the business triggered a high amount of anticipation for “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” and on top of that there was no expense spared on special effects and costumes with his $140,000,000 budget.

If you are planning to watch this movie based solely on authenticity to the written story, be warned that there are many inaccuracies in the plot when the two are compared. So many, in fact, that Egypt itself has banned the movie from playing in its theatres due to its misrepresentation of the Bible’s version of the story.

One major issue that has been brought up is that not one of the main actors or actresses are of colour, which is disconcerting due to the fact that the story is set in ancient Egypt. Bale, Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver and Aaron Paul all play vital roles in the plot, and yet all of them are Caucasian.

Another debated problem is that God is depicted as a little boy in the film, the role played by 11-year-old British actor Isaac Andrews. While Andrews’ performance is undeniably impressive, not only for his age but the intensity of the role, the fact that Scott chose to have a child portray God caused uproar for many viewers. It is widely speculated that there should have been no physical representation of God, but for the movie’s sake it seems to work.

Although the film has its downfalls, the 3D special effects, costumes and general magnitude of what went into making it is admirable. Often switching from breathtaking colour to distressing darkness, there is never a lack of something to look at. The 3D visuals add an element of intensity that would most likely make the film much less interesting to watch if it were without it, making it feel like you are part of the action alongside Bale and Edgerton.

If you’re planning on seeing “Exodus: Gods and Kings” before it runs its course in theatres, keep in mind that its director and Holly- wood roots may amount in a slightly incorrect plotline, but you won’t find yourself with a lack of entertainment or visual details.