Exodus Gods and Kings review

Ridley Scott
Christian Bale
Joel Edgerton
Aaron Paul
Ben Kingsley
Isaac Andrews
Rated: PG-13

Director Ridley Scott takes on the epic biblical tale of Moses in “Exodus: Gods and Kings.”

The story stays relatively true to the text, all of the plagues are there as well as the Hebrew slaves. What is a bit different is that Moses is portrayed as much more of an “action hero” type, having the skills of a warrior.

“Exodus” tries to be a little different than other adaptions of the biblical text by a taking a more realistic approach, similar to other epics like “Troy.” While it is an interesting interpretation, the movie falls apart in that there just isn’t much to latch onto emotionally.

Some of the action scenes that populate the picture as well as the plagues are well done and exciting, yet it never makes up for the movie’s dryness. It’s not as if the movie is lacking in effort. Ridley Scott’s scale is large and the attention to detail is very good. Technically the movie is really well done. There’s just not much else to offer.

Christian Bale doesn’t deliver his best performance in “Exodus.” Unlike Charlton Heston’s in the 1956 film, or the portrayal of Moses in the animated adaption: “The Prince of Egypt,” Bale seems to play the role more reserved. In a movie this epic, Bale could have brought more energy and more life into the character. Unfortunately, for most of the flick Bale just comes off as dull and not very interesting.

Joel Edgerton was at least solid in the role of the Pharaoh. Instead of coming off like a simple villain, Edgerton makes Pharaoh a bit more humanized and it’s understandable that he is more of a product of the events around him than just a man who was born evil.

A surprising aspect of the movie was the casting. It was rather odd how many of the roles were portrayed by white actors and actresses. Sigourney Weaver as Tuya is a clear example. The film could probably have been better served had it casted more ethnically accurate performers.

Overall, “Exodus” is quite forgettable. It tried to do something a bit different with a classic story, and while that made for a couple engaging moments, it didn’t save the film from the lack of emotion. 2 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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