Exodus: Gods and Kings
It feels so good to be back again! Sorry for the gap in movie reviews Holidays and feeling under the weather can do that to a person. However upon my return I bring to you a movie that I had been dying to see for months!
Exodus: Gods and Kings gives us the classic tale of Moses and his journey which lead him to free thousands of slaves from the Pharaoh King Ramses. Have you heard of this story? Or bothered to ever pick up a bible? This is one of the best!
In Exodus we have Moses played by Christian Bale (The Prestige, The New World, I’m Not There.) who grew up alongside the prince Ramses played by Joel Edgerton (The Thing, The Great Gatsby *2013, Warrior). The movie starts late within the story skipping past how Moses came to be raised in the Pharaoh’s Palace but you’ll get the full re-cap later on in the movie. The truth comes out that Moses is not Egyptian descent but instead is a Hebrew meaning he should have been a slave. The idea that his birth-right had been kept secret from them in all these years spells treason which is punishable by death. Ramses, instead, exiles the man who was like a brother to him to die alone in the desert.
Flash forward a few years and, what do you know, Moses does not die. Instead he’s married to the beautiful Zipporah played by Maria Valverde (Madrid 1987, Thieves, Cracks) also with a young son. From honorary advisor of the great Ramses he is now a simple shepherd, and that’s alright. Life is good until one day while chasing a few strays from his herd upon a forbidden mountain an accident befalls him resulting in a bad blow to the head. That’s when God comes to him to inform him that the Pharaoh Ramses’s reign on the Hebrews has become worse and he wants him to return to help free his people. In this movie God was introduced to us a ten-year old little boy! Can you believe that!? God is a little boy! I loved that idea and when you think about it, it actually makes a lot of sense.
Moses does as God commands and slowly but surely begins training the slaves for an impending battle to fight for their freedom. But ten-year old God doesn’t like the amount of time this is going to take. So he decides to take matters into his own hands. That’s when the plagues begin. You remember the plagues don’t you? A river of blood, a swarm of locusts eating all the crops, something about frogs and the death of every first-born son. I’m telling you the story itself is great and seeing it played out on-screen was a cinematic treat.
Rated PG-13 for battle violence and intense images.
Rotten Tomatoes gave this film a 28% rotten. Tsk, tsk.
Great entertainment. I love this story but something about the movie itself was just…lacking. And I think what that is, is the relationship between Moses and Ramses. I think it would have worked better if we had seen their relationship grow and then ultimately fail. There was hardly any interaction between the two characters at all. However I think director Ridly Scott was putting more attention on the plagues and the sea parting scene. Not to say he didn’t do good…just that he could have done better.
I say see this film in theaters while you can. I personally saw it in 3-D but I’d recommend skipping that. Not necessary at all.
*Sigh* I’ll say it again: it feels good to be back!