nick atkinson’s review published on Letterboxd:
In terms of filmmaking, the acting is decent but the CGI prevents it from feeling like an epic, as every scene feels small despite the illusion of size.
What I personally feel about the film:
Like a lot of modern retellings of biblical works of fiction (and let me make myself clear, the mass exodus is very much fictional), Exodus: Gods and Kings falls into the trap of going half-half between simply making a more ‘realistic’ (if you can even call it that) Bible story by showing a little less god and a little more hardship, and making it completely atheist. What we end up with is the Bible told from a modern perspective: obviously, the Bible doesn’t quite work when examined nowadays.
I’m a bit disappointed in Ridley Scott for not being braver. He could have decided to make god nonexistent and make Moses a mad yet lucky leader, or he could have made god an evil figure that both sides fear, making Moses a prisoner rather than a leader. Both would make for interesting stories - in fact, both are to an extent suggested in the film, but never followed up on. As far as I’m aware, it’s previously unexplored territory and if someone was to do it right, it could be really influential.