Exodus: Gods and Kings

Exodus: Gods and Kings ★★★

I remembered Exodus: Gods and Kings a lot more colorful than it actually is. Most of the time it looks rather drab. But that's the least of the film's problems.

Being a Ridley Scott fan comes with its ups and downs. For every good or great movies he's made, he did some rather forgettable ones, too. Exodus is one of them. Even if you manage to ignore spray-tanned white actors playing folks that geographically were anything but, it's next to impossible to ignore how dull most of the characters are. I usually enjoy Christian Bale in everything he does (well, not Public Enemies), but the script offered him very little to work with. It provided nothing that would've made his transformation comprehensible. It's equally negligent as to how he inspired people to follow him. Given the story that should've been a top priority, now, shouldn't it?

Scott's reasoning for casting a bunch of white people as his leads was that the film would not have gotten financed without them. While that certainly was an accurate assessment of how Hollywood worked (things have improved lately, but there's still a very, very long way to go), he probably should've thought about not making the movie at all. Particularly since nothing in the finished product indicated that he felt passionate about it in the first place. Aronofsky's Noah, that year's other biblical epic, wasn't an undisputed success either, but at least it felt like its director had something to say, whereas I struggle seeing any point Scott may have been trying to make with Exodus.

PS: Wasting Sigourney Weaver like this should be a criminal offense.

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