NON HORROR REVIEW- Visually, ‘Gods Of Egypt’ is mesmerizing, stunning and simply gorgeous. As for the script, which is often laughable, never really attempts to transcend into anything other than pure fun as it plays with fantasy and documented history/mythology in the form of some pretty lovable characters/actors/actresses. And that is not bad, not bad at all, proving this popcorn blockbuster does not deserve most of the hatred that it’s been receiving since it’s release in late February 2016.
However, there is a mini epic that transpires during the two hour and seven minute film, one that a single viewing might not actually suffice for anyone who is expecting any more than a fun ride that never really takes itself too seriously.
After my initial viewing of this film, I began to dive into a few forums and reviews that left me irritated to say the least. More “whitewashing” complaints, and critics who fail to separate the “Oscar Season” films that are still very fresh in our minds from a high caliber blockbuster movie that is produced for the sake of good old fashion cinema fun, helping break the monotony of those ever-so serious and often depressing dramas. Somehow these folks forget that there is always one of these types of films around the time the Oscars are aired.
Finding out the absurd ways the masses have looked at and bashed ‘Gods Of Egypt’ I thought it proper to brush up on some Egyptian history and then give the film a second shot. In doing so, I now hold a much deeper appreciation for the complete piece of art that director Alex Proyas (The Crow, I, Robot) and writing team Burk Sharpless/Matt Sazama (The Last Witch Hunter, Dracula Untold) spent so much time and money producing for audiences.
Speaking of money, with a budget of $140,000,000 viewers should learn to appreciate the immaculate detail into every location, costume, setting and scene, no matter if it’s real or 100% fabricated with computer generated imagery, both necessary means of execution in today’s industry. Not only do they apply these techniques, they excel at nearly every turn, as the visuals are meshed with Marco Beltrami’s wondrous score, implying a truly Egyptian feel as well as a symbiotic fantasy world.
As for Egyptian history/mythology, there are implications of them scattered throughout the film, just as the body parts of Osiris that correlate both in the film and history books, but the majority of the fantasy focused plot seems to be produced for the benefit of the cinematic experience, as is each and every faith based film that is released and should not be the basis of the type of condemnation ‘Gods Of Egypt’ has been getting.
As far as acting goes, ‘Gods Of Egypt’ seems to be a perfect springboard for a handful of rising stars that have been smaller roles in bigger movies (Courtney Eaton/Mad Max:Fury Road & Brenton Thwaites/Maleficent), big roles in big shows (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau/Game Of Thrones) or will have bigger roles in bigger movies in the near future (Chadwick Boseman/Captain America:Civil War/Black Panther).
Along with those stars, we have some solidly typical main character appearances from Gerard Butler (300, Olympus Has Fallen) as Set, or as Egyptian history goes, “Seth” and Geoffrey Rush as Ra (Pirates Of The Caribbean/The Book Thief) which helps round out the cast to become more appealing. None of the cast gives a knockout performance, but with all the supplementary goings-on they don’t need to and really shouldn’t, that’s not the point of this type of movie.
Even though there are plenty of hiccups within the sequence transitions, computer generations and scripting, overall, I highly recommend ‘Gods Of Egypt’ to everyone, but audiences must know that it’s not historically accurate and it does not have to be. Once they release that thought and loosen up, they will be able to see that this film is the best blockbuster popcorn ride of 2016 so far. I foresee a rare third viewing in the future for the sake of fun, not for critique.