Movie Review: Gods of Egypt (2016)

In Ancient Egypt, the gods are literal beings who walk among the humans, and Egypt is ruled over by Osiris (Bryan Brown), who will soon pass rule to his son Horus (Nikolai Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones). When Osiris’ brother Set (Gerard Butler) kills Osiris to claim control of Egypt and steals Horus’ eyes, it is up to the human Bek (Brenton Thwaites) to help Horus in overthrowing Set. Directed by Alex Proyas, who takes a break from his usual sci-fi style, Gods of Egypt is a 2016 fantasy adventure film.

+ overall, the casting is great. Despite perhaps not fitting the realistic depictions of what these Gods “should” look like, Butler, Coster-Waldau, Chadwick Boseman (as Thoth), Elodie Yung (as Hathor) and Geoffrey Rush (as Ra) are all great. Butler and Rush in particular are particularly enjoyable as they overact or otherwise ham it up in every scene
+ generally, the action is effect-heavy, which makes it flashy enough to maintain interest. A battle between Bek and Horus against some snake-riding assassins is a personal highlight
+ I really enjoyed that Anubis, in a much smaller role than the others mentioned, was not portrayed as ‘evil’ as is often the case; as the God of the afterlife, Anubis is always meant to be more of an impartial force of nature

– without getting into the casting controversy too much, it is incredibly jarring that Gerard Butler did not even attempt to change his accent, or the film attempt to justify him sounding so wildly different from literally everyone else. Hearing the Egyptian God of the Desert talk in a super thick Scottish accent is just ridiculous (though if ridiculous is what the film was going for, it nails it)
– the story is so bland, but had the potential so be so much better. Had they focused on gods fighting gods, rather than shoehorning a random human into it, I feel it could have been far more epic

> Bruce Spence, a favourite Australian voice-actor of mine, has a small role as a judge of the afterlife. He was Chum, the neurotic shark in Finding Nemo, and the Mouth of Sauron in the Lord of the Rings: Return of the King Extended Edition.

Should you see this film: Put simply, this movie is not particularly good. But it is the same kind of ‘not very good’ that the Clash of the Titans remake was. And in that regard, a Clash of the Titans/Gods of Egypt double feature is something I can heartily recommend.

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