GODS OF EGYPT Movie Review
Gods of Egypt stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Horus, Gerard Butler as Set, Brenton Thwaites as Bek, and Eoldie Yung as Hathor. It is directed by Alex Proyas.
Ever since the release of the first trailer of Gods of Egypt, it’s been a center of judgement, hate, and controversy specially with the white cast playing ancient Egyptians. But does it deserve all that negativity? Well..Yes. Gods of Egypt is a massive disappointment, the movie is painfully messy and there are very very(Trust me..) very few good things I can say about this movie. Let’s start with some pros and cons, but first the overall plot of the movie is that Egypt is crowning a new King, Horus. But his uncle, Set, wages war to take the throne for himself and takes Horus’ eyes leaving him alone in exile. Now two mortals, Bek and Zaya, have to find and return Horus’ eyes to him to help him defeat Set and reclaim his throne.
Pros: The only good things about this movie are really not saying much, the scope of Egypt was good, the interaction between the gods themselves can be enjoyable, specially in the first 15 minutes. The action sequences are all mostly CGI but they can still be enjoyed. Horus is probably the only somewhat likeable character in the whole movie and it looked like Nikolaj Coster-Waldau was having some fun but again, it’s REALLY not saying much. I’m scratching the bottom of the barrel here.
Cons: This is where it gets long. Almost 99% of the movie does not work. The acting being the main issue, the acting is just dreadful. Specially Bek and Zaya, the two lead human characters. Their acting is no better than a middle school play. Gerard Butler gives one of the worst performances of his life, which is very very disappointing because we’ve seen that Gerard Butler can deliver solid performances. He was Leonidas for crying out loud. Another major disappointment was Chadwick Boseman as Thoth, who has the absolute worse performance after Bek. How such a good actor from 12 Years A Slave can deliver such an atrocious performance in a movie like this baffles me.
The plot is terribly predictable, and halfway through you just don’t even care anymore. The pacing is also atrocious, and directing, while good at times, is mostly terrible too. The characters of Bek and Zaya, while being terribly acted, are also terrible undeveloped characters that just feel out of place. If it was all gods vs gods, it would’ve been actually better. The main villain, Set, felt like something out of a bad videogame movie(So does the whole movie, actually) being way too over the top. The dialogue was just so cheesy and unfunny and out of place that I don’t think there is even ONE memorable or good line in the whole movie. Another problem with the dialogue is the “comedy”. The movie tries so hard to be funny and lighthearted but the keyword here is try. There is absolutely nothing funny about any line or joke, it’s all cheesy and ridiculous one liners and quips that most of the time really don’t fit the situation or are just downright bad. The major factor of the whole movie is that it’s very CGI and green screen heavy, but that would’ve been good if the CGI and green screen effects didn’t look like PS2 graphics. Which really doesn’t help the action scenes that are all mostly special effects. The controversy surrounding the cast of this movie is true, all the lead actors except for Thoth are white. Even the common Egyptian people are white. It’s the definition of whitewashing in Hollywood.
To sum it up, the plot is nonsensical and predictable, the acting is just HORRENDOUS, the pacing is bad, the dialogue is cheesy and atrocious, you don’t care for a single moment about any of the characters, the CGI and green screen are bad, the climax is probably the worst part of the whole movie. The only real enjoyment you can find in this movie is laughing at how bad it is. It’s baffling how the director of The Crow directed this cashgrab special effects fest that’s not even worth watching on Netflix one day.
Gods of Egypt gets a 1/5.