#ExodusGods&Kings #EnglishHollywoodFilmMovieReview #JohnsonThomas Rating: * * *

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#ExodusGodsAndKings (English Imax 3D) Rating: * * * Visually majestic but a little stunted in it’s expansiveness. Christian Bale stars as Moses in director Ridley Scott's Biblical epic based on the Book of Exodus. Scott makes it much more realistic and believable but unfortunately that takes away from the expected fantasy experience. Doesn’t have the campy involvement that made DeMille’s ‘BenHur’ oh so memorable.   #FoxStarIndia #RidleyScott #ChristianBale #UniversalCommunications #ParagDesai #JoelEdgerton #BenKingsley #AaronPaul #JohnTorturro #IndiraVarma #MarAavalverde #GolshiftehFarahani #SigourneyWeaver
  English film review
Johnson Thomas

Crusty believable effects extravaganza

Film: Exodus Gods and Kings(Imax 3D)
Cast: Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver, Tina Fey, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, Indira Varma, John Torturro, Gilshifteh Farahani
Director: Ridley Scott

Rating: * * *

Ridley Scott’s Biblical Epic based on the Book of Exodus has Christian Bale starring as Moses in a humanizing account that does away with the campy fun that characterized Cecil B De Mille’s magnum opus ‘Ben Hur.’  This take has it’s accents on believability and therefore loses out on sheer unalloyed fantasia-cal majesty of a no-holds-barred cheesy effects film.

The visuals are spectacular no doubt but not exactly in the same class as his best remembered, ‘Gladiator.’ The cross nationality cast adds import to the proceedings and their performances are earnest enough but the dialogues are so poorly imagined that they sound literally off base. This Egyptian saga confirms Scott’s preeminence in the ‘historical’ firmament as it does his ability to tell a story with great pomp, regality and pageantry. The Imax 3D effects work well in the battle and chase sequences and are spectacular in the sequences that detail the parting of the sea and the crossing to Canan.

The early battle scene against the Hittites marks a flamboyant opening for this epic that engages intermittently and stupefies when called upon to perform the miracles. God appears to Moses in the form of a fierce child and the interaction between them throughout makes for a conceptual arc that allows the director a little more freedom to experiment with his form and content.

 The lusty detailing of the ten plagues makes for awe-inspiring viewing and the climactic chase to the Red Sea is spell bindingly spectacular. The film though doesn’t end at that point. Scott cuts to Moses chipping away at the Ten commandments while his brethren remain restive and disbelieving below. That in fact plays out like an anti-climax and makes the entire experience lose much of it’s hard-earned vivacity. Certainly worth a watch though!


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