Gods of Egypt is an unusual film with terrible one liners and a bundle of CGI but nonetheless it is a good film to watch on a rainy day.
Director: Alex Proyas
Writers: Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless
Starring: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gerard Butler, Brenton Thwaites
Running time: 2 hours 7 minutes
Being impartial to a good film about Egypt I found myself choosing to spend two hours of my life watching Gods of Egypt.
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.
Although the narrative and plot does entice you to want to watch, especially if you have a strong love for Egypt which I do, the film is not the best.
Starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, from Game of Thrones fame, as Horus and Gerard Butler as Set you would think the film would be hard not to enjoy.
But it simply is not the case. The writers seem to have gone down a more comedic route focusing of awful one liners that would only make your dad enjoy.
The film also has far too much CGI for someone to enjoy. If I wanted to watch a cartoon I would have chosen to watch one. The Prince of Egypt is better quality.
It seems the film is trying to be similar to the popular 300 or Immortals but it just fails on all accounts.
The fight sequences are good I give it that but the storyline is predictable and the narrative jumps ahead in time and leaves you asking where certain characters are gone.
A story about ancient Egyptian Gods has yet to be until this film came along and it did not give it any justice.
I would rather have seen a film just about the Gods rather than the annoying and bluntly useless character that is the mortal Bek (Brenton Thwaites).
His purpose in the film is not entirely needed although some would argue it is because of him the narrative moves along.
The introduction of mortals fighting alongside Gods is something that does not work for me.
The movie takes on a certain ‘buddy film’ as the two journey across Egypt in an attempt to stop Set. This is all well and good but it just did not fit right with me.
Overall the film is not as bad as this review may sound and it is an easy watch and something to put on in the background when doing other things.
I am hoping for the day when the Egyptian Gods will be blasted onto the big screen and given as much glory as they deserve.
Egypt as a location setting for modern films has not really been a successful one. Take for instance the Brendon Fraser’s The Mummy franchise (although I thoroughly love these) and Exodus: Gods and Kings.
They just do not seem to work but it is high time someone gave ancient Egypt the limelight. The Romans and Vikings have been done but we cannot neglect the culture that invented paper.