As many of you know, the movie Exodus: Gods and Kings… was released this past weekend to a plethora of reviews and criticism. I have no plans on seeing the movie simply because I don’t think Hollywood can make a decent movie about something out of the Bible. Plus, from the reviews that I have read, there just isn’t any compelling reason to go and see it.
Al Mohler did say that if you were mature enough, it might be an ok movie. But I think he really captured it when he quoted another reviewer:
The best single line analysis of the movie and its failure to garner either critical acclaim or more viewers was offered by Eric D. Snider of GeekNation: “This big dud isn’t blasphemous enough to be outrageous, emotional enough to be inspiring, or interesting enough to be good.”
Given that, I would say that Mohler is actually giving the movie a thumbs down.
Gabriel Hughes, a pastor, also reviewed the movie on his blog. He opens his piece by telling us exactly how wonderful the new seating is at his local Bijou. You know when the excitement of the night for a movie goer is the new seating, you know the movies isn’t all that good.
What we have are a bunch of characters that share names with the Exodus narrative but only barely match any of the events and don’t share any of the dialogue whatsoever. It’s almost so far from Exodus, they could have changed the characters, called the film something else entirely, and someone would have watched it and said, “Hey, this is kind of like the story of Moses,” yet knew that it wasn’t.
He goes on to explain that he also got to see three-quarters of the movie for free and was spared from the ending because the projector failed. We can trust God’s sovereignty and grace were poured out in Hughes life at that moment.
But the best review so far, is from friends Dr. Jay & Miss Diana. The wrote as those who were expecting to see another movie very similar to Ridley Scott’s first big block buster, Aliens. Given that template, here is what they had to say:
Movie Review: “Exodus: Gods And Kings” . . .
Jay & I had high expectations for “Exodus: Gods And Kings” based on the fact it was directed by Ridley Scott who did one of our favorite movies of all time – “Alien”. The fact that Sigourney Weaver, who starred in “Alien”, also appears in “Exodus” pretty much guaranteed we’d love this movie – or so we thought.
This film had so many problems for us, I hardly know where to begin. Start with the fact this movie takes place in Bible times (pre-1800s) and doesn’t feature a single alien, nor does Sigourney Weaver ever try to use a fire-thrower to burn anything resembling an alien . . . but given the fact that she is really old now that may have been a good thing. Also, this film had absolutely no kung fu and all the car chases were done with chariots. While there were several good special effects, unfortunately none of them involved giant robots. Can you say ‘boring?’
The “Exodus” storyline involves a Jewish guy named Moses who wants to leave Egypt with all his Jewish friends. Without giving away the plot, the Egyptians are torture and terrorize into letting them leave. From there the film devolves into one long chase scene through the desert, again, minus dune buggies *yawn*. There is one interesting surf scene near the end, but it simply isn’t enough to make up for the lack of aliens or robots.
The actor that played Bat Man (I can’t remember his name) plays Moses. As I have never seen the real Moses, I have no idea how well he played him.
Despite these numerous shortcomings, the worst thing about “Exodus: Gods And Kings” is clearly its lack of Biblical accuracy. Although I slept through much of the movie, here are just a few things I noticed were missing: Moses building and sailing the ark; Moses killing Goliath; Moses wearing a coat of many colors; Moses dating Cleopatra; Moses burning a bush; Killer mummy; etc.
I really wanted to like “Exodus: Gods And Kings”, but I didn’t. I give this film 2 1/2 stars only because a guy that worked on the picture gave us free tickets and popcorn coupons.
I hope you caught the humor in their post. Their humor is as off-center as mine is, which is probably why I loved their review so much.
As for me, I think I’m going to skip the movie all together and just read the book. You know the book is always much better anyway. For those of you who might want even more than just the book, how about a sermon series to go along with your reading. Check out the link here to Voddie Baucham’s series on Exodus.