‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ is visually stunning and emotionally lacklustre.

Now. There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding this film and to be completely honest, I was a little hesitant to write about Exodus, but so be it. It’s the most recent film that I’ve seen in the cinema.

As a whole, this film was enjoyable. It’s accuracies, however, will continue to be debated.  And that debate is clearly taking place within Morocco and Egypt, where the film was banned. Although some may desire a more faithful version of the text, it’s clearly not something that should be censored because it doesn’t agree with your views. Yes, it is upsetting, but the interpretation of the text is up to each individual.

Setting the historically inaccurate story aside, other than it’s spectacular visuals, there was nothing much else to care about. What happened to Ridley Scott’s brilliant conjunctions between story and visuals of films like Gladiator and Blade Runner? Even Alien? I had similar feelings with Promethus as I did with Exodus. He surpassed many visual elements with Exodus, showing us in detail the atrocious state the slaves lived in compared to the opulence of the Pharaoh and the final scene where Moses and his people crossed the red sea. But for me, that was it. Both Promethus and Exodus was very empty story wise with hardly any emotion in it at all. Everything that Alien, Blade Runner, and Gladiator had that made those films hits, Exodus lacked.

The script, in which any film ultimately comes down to, was very disappointing. As a screenwriter, and even if you are an avid movie goer, you can see that through the lack of good writing, all you have is nice imagery loosely tied together by a story that could’ve been told so much stronger. The only thing that really keeps you interested throughout the film is the production values, especially in that of cinematography, production design, and visual effects.

What the film confirms, however, is the keen eye Scott has for imagery.

It’s a little sad to see that with such a large talent pool in Hollywood at the moment, and even the talent that contributed to the making of Exodus, wasn’t truly worked to their true potential.

So. As stated earlier, the film was enjoyable visually but didn’t have much going for it emotionally. I am all for directors using effects to help enhance the film but when they’re replacing them? That’s a completely different story.

Film-O-Meter: 5/10


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