Exodus: Gods and Kings: Movie Review
"Exodus: Gods and Kings" features stunning visuals and even more stunning performances from its leads. The film, while not revolutionary and somewhat lacks that epic gravitas, sets a tone that not only affirms your faith but also makes you question it at the same time. In short, "Exodus: Gods and Kings" is a surprisingly uncompromising look into an old Biblical tale a lot are familiar with.
One man’s daring courage to take on the might of a powerful empire leads to the eventual freedom of his people. One of the oldest story known to man, this is the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he finds out the truth about his childhood and him being a Hebrew. Exiled due to his race, he decides to rise up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton) when he gets a vision and a message from the God of the Hebrews. Setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey out of Egypt isn't an easy task and will not only test Moses' faith but will also require help from God himself.
"Exodus: Gods and Kings" manages to give a balanced look into the life of Moses. The film feels realistic and gritty at times especially for the plagues - a definite surprise for a Biblical film - but it is also able to present otherworldly material in perfect times. Speaking of otherworldly, the film's take on a vengeful and seemingly imperfect God may be too daring for some but it also added depth and twist to an all too familiar story. The film's biggest asset is its acting. Joel Edgerton was our favorite and was simply perfect as the pharaoh while Christian Bale did his best to take the part of Moses. Although we also felt that the supporting cast was under utilized. Visually speaking, the film was also top notch. Our favorite would be the parting of the Red Sea but everything else especially the plagues isn't too far off. Overall, "Exodus: Gods and Kings" does enough to warrant a look into a tale that most people should know about. It feels familiar and yet still different to make it interesting to say the least.
Rating: 3 and a half reels
Why you should watch it:
- outstanding acting from the leads
- familiar yet different at the same time
Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the film lacks that epic feel
- some may find the changes too daring
Labels Aaron Paul, Ben Kingsley, Ben Mendelsohn, biblical, Christian Bale, epic, Exodus, Exodus: Gods and Kings, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, movie review, Ridley Scott, Sigourney Weaver