Gods of Egypt - Clash of the ... White Men?

Marter | 26 Feb 2016 12:00
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Directed by Alex Proyas. Produced by Basil Iwanyk and Alex Proyas. Written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. Release date: February 26, 2016.

Okay, let's get the elephant in the room out of the way now. Yes, the majority of Gods of Egypt's primary cast members are White. This is disappointing considering the place and time period in which it is set. Both the studio and director have apologized for this - and, to be fair, many of the extras are of different races. And it's about as historically accurate as any fantasy movie, so there's that, too. Does it become a problem while we're watching it? Not a big one, no. Would it have been nice to see? Of course, especially considering few of the film's actors are box office draws to begin with. But there are a lot bigger issues with Gods of Egypt than this. So, while it's fair to criticize Gods of Egypt for its Eurocentric casting, this is all that needs to be said about it from my end.

Gods of Egypt is an utter disaster - the type that's fascinating and kind of fun and funny to watch. This is the cinematic equivalent of a train wreck. It's hard to take your eyes off it once it starts, even though nothing is working. It's only worth watching for its unintentional humor, but anyone going in expecting a good movie - if anyone who saw the trailer and still expected one, that is - is going to leave very, very disappointed.

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The film followed both a god and a mortal who need to save the world. The mortal is Bek (Brenton Thwaites), a thief who is in love with Zaya (Courtney Eaton) but doesn't think that the gods do them all much good. The god is Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), whose uncle, Set (Gerard Butler), kills his father (Bryan Brown) before Horus can be named king. Horus' eyes are also stolen, and Set becomes de facto king as a result. But Set is evil and tyrannical, so he must be stopped. As such, Bek steals back one of Horus' eyes and the two head out on an adventure - they must collect Key Items and Party Members before fighting the final boss - with the end goal of stopping Set and returning all the land back to the way it was before.

As far as plots go, this one is unbelievably unoriginal. If you were to make a videogame set in ancient Egypt and featuring the gods, this is probably exactly what you'd do, but maybe with different gods in the major roles. The writing doesn't exceed even the most mediocre of game writing. The dialogue sounds like it was written by a child who wanted to be super-duper cool. It's impossible to take the film seriously because of this. Well, this and the CGI.

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