Cert: 12A Runtime: 126 mins Director: Alex Pryoas Cast: Gerard Butler, Chadwick Boseman, Brenton Thwaites, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau,Courtney Eaton, Geoffrey Rush, Elodie Yung and Rufus Sewell
I will take your place. But it won’t be sitting on some damn boat!
Gods of Egypt is a film that received a lot of bad press State side a few months ago. Now it has hit the UK and probably a few people will watch it for a certain Gerard Butler. Egyptian mythology is something I have had an interest in since childhood, probably it was my main ambition to watch this film. So what is Gods of Egypt about? It is a troubling time for the powerful Egyptian Empire. The God of Darkness, Set (Gerard Butler) has seized control of the throne and looks to plunge the world into darkness. But there is one hope: a young mortal named Bek (Brenton Thwaites) must team up with deity Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in order to restore balance and save his people.
Well Gods of Egypt was a hot mess! For starters, there is not one actor who gives anything resembling a good performance, whether it be Gerard Butler as Set or Geoffrey Rush, yes Geoffrey Rush, as Ra. I’ve never really been majorly impressed with Nikolaj Coaster-Waldau he does nothing that could possibly change my mind in Gods of Egypt.The worst of the bunch though has got to be Brenton Thwaites as Bek, who has more or less the same delivery for every emotion; utterly emotionless. The dialogue is so laughably bad throughout the entire film and the story jumps from scene to scene with no cohesion whatsoever. I don’t think I’ve seen a film where I’ve laughed at nearly every single line before.Alex Proyas, judging from his comments about critics, is not a man who can take any criticism lightly. I would be able to describe Proyas as a style over substance director if the visuals were any good but they just aren’t. For a film with a $140 million budget, you’d think they’d at least be able to make it look good. It makes me wonder whether they just blew all of the budget on the cast. Gods of Egypt feels like you’re watching someone play a shoddy video game rather erratically, particularly during the fight scenes where the cinematography will leave you dizzy and wanting the sick bucket.