Exodus: Gods and Kings

Exodus: Gods and Kings ★★★★

There isn't enough brotherly dynamic explored in the film's opening to give sufficient gravitas to Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton's decades-long conflict, and Ridley Scott's film undergoes an odd tonal shift when God metes out punishment to the Egyptians for what feels like an hour of screen time. But I'll be damned if these modern day blockbuster Biblical epics don't entertain the hell out of me. The special effects are outstanding during the plague scenes and the parting of the Red Sea, and Bale does the best he can at creating an actual character out of Moses, who basically becomes God's figurehead. I prefer what Aronofsky did with Noah, but Exodus: Gods And Kings is prime popcorn entertainment, adapted from one of the most entertaining books ever written, and I'm not sure any other director could have done better with Steven Zaillian and co.'s workmanlike screenplay.

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