So I decided to watch Gods of Egypt, and by watch I mean got about half way through and shut it off. The redeeming quality of this movie was undoubtedly the story. The tale of the Gods that lived among the mortals was interesting enough, clearly the special effects had a sizable portion of the budget, but that’s pretty much where it ended. I mean, I was so shocked to learn that SO many of the ancient Gods of Egypt were from Australia, Sweden and Britain. Who knew?
I’m not going to get into the issue of “whitewashing” in Hollywood, just about any Google search can provide extensive examples of this. That topic aside, I just wasn’t super impressed at it what so ever.
|Gods of Egypt (2016)|
|Rating: 5.6/10 (28,146 votes)
Director: Alex Proyas
Writer: Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless
Stars: Brenton Thwaites, John Samaha, Courtney Eaton, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Runtime: 127 min
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Released: 26 Feb 2016
|Plot: Mortal hero Bek teams with the god Horus in an alliance against Set, the merciless god of darkness, who has usurped Egypt's throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict.|
I can only imagine that acting on a green screen is a rather challenging endeavor. Not being able to see the monsters in front of you, not properly seeing your co-star, not seeing what the weapon you wield actually looks like, all these things considered, quite a challenge no less. With that in mind, many of the moments in this felt incredibly generic, somewhat forced and exceptionally artificial.
Seeing as I couldn’t muster the interest to finish watching this $140 Million budget movie, I can’t say much in terms of it’s ending. But ya know what? I’m completely OK with that. The hour+ of it that I did watch, quite frankly I would have rather been doing a wide variety of acts, including but not limited to getting hair waxed, fighting with an NES because the cartridge won’t pop in quite right as to work correctly, and even sitting runway side during a lingerie fashion show.
If you’re really into atrocities of film, go watch Gods of Egypt. If not, just watch just about anything else.