Exodus: Gods and Kings

Exodus: Gods and Kings ★★★★

Exodus: Gods and Kings is by far the most misunderstood film of the year. I will preface this review and say that I am Ridley Scott's biggest fan. Take that statement and think whatever you want, but there is more here than what the negative reviews are saying. Much like Scott's last two films (Prometheus and The Counselor), he is dealing with questions of faith, love, family, and mixes what is and is not real. A double feature of Darren Aronofsky's Noah and Exodus work well together here. Christian Bale plays Moses as human as it can be done. This Moses struggles through the mud, rides a horse like a warrior, loves his family, and struggles to know if there really is such a thing as a God. Of course the visuals are spectacular, as Ridley is parr for his film course. The script is at times weak (not enough character building dialogue), not enough co-stars get a chance to shine, and it is a long film. But all of those problems are minimal in terms of grand scheme. This is Bale and Ridley working together for the first time, and if this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship, then it is a great start.

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