We may never know what became of the Alex Proyas who directed "The Crow" and "Dark City," but if you squint during moments of "Gods of Egypt" - the filmmaker's mythic space fantasy that owes more to the original "Clash of the Titans" and old-school wuxia like "Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain" than it does "300" - you may catch a lingering imprint of his mad genius. A shame it doesn't mean the movie is any good.
Quando ho visto Butler, Waldau e Rush uniti alla mitologia egiziana mi sono gettata a capofitto nella visione. Dentro di me sentivo che nessuno di loro era davvero azzeccato per il ruolo, ma speravo fermamente che le loro interpretazioni e la sceneggiatura mi avrebbero fatto dimenticare il loro aspetto decisamente poco nord africano. Non è stato così. Sono arrivata alla fine solo per una questione di principio.
Surprisingly not that terrible, aside from drama that stops at starts randomly and everyone being pale as fuck for living in the desert the action scenes in this film have been some of the best epic genre imagery I've seen come out of Hollywood recently; shame they couldn't have been put to better use in a better story minus the whitewashing.
I kinda enjoyed this one, even as I acknowledge the more problematic elements (i.e. whitewashing). In many ways it feels like a modern version of Clash of the Titans, even more than the Clash of the Titans remake. Also, the comparison to the work of Jack Kirby is pretty apt, at least from a visual standpoint. While not the best movie ever made, it is highly enjoyable and I'm bummed we won't get a sequel.
If I had a lobotomy, and if Brenton Thwaites was shirtless throughout the whole film... maybe, and only maybe then this film would deserve anything else apart from being thrown into oblivion and then somehow Will Smith pulled of the MIB Statue of Liberty 'may we forget it all' flashlight trick... this is just tragic and sad in all kinds of proportions.
I was led to believe this would be godawful instead it's just bafflingly generic given the premise. For a movie that came under fire for whitewashing, it's surprisingly more diverse than most hollywood movies and that may have been the least of it's problems. On the plus side it's nice to see Geoffrey Rush in a move and the gold blood was a nice touch.
1 - Watched this expecting it to be a bad movie bearing a good time and was extremely disappointed. Its only achievement is being a film about Egyptian mythology that is unable to instill any wonder beyond leaving the viewer with the lingering question of how anyone trusted Alex fucking Proyas with 140 million dollars, and its only redeeming quality is that it flopped.
Jaime Lannister vs Leonidas in Clash of the Titans meets Transformers meets Dark City meets Stargate meets Iron Man meets Prince of Persia meets The Legend of Hercules meets Indiana Jones meets Exodus: Gods and Kings meets 10,000 BC meets Thor meets Immortals meets Krull meets all those retellings of fairy tales with a twist. With Prince Phillip, Cheedo the Fragile, and Captain Barbossa as Ra. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯