Exodus: Gods and Kings, with Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, John Turturro & Sigourney Weaver. Director, Ridley Scott. Though I was expecting a splendid remake of Heston’s Ten Commandments, all I was presented with was a little bit of glory, adequate special effects, VFX, & so-so acting effort, except from Edgerton – who was marvelous & the only one suited to his role.
Bale wasn’t a good fit as Moses, though he does make a great Batman & a superb character in Terminator. A modern day London hair cut on this actor, in a role that demanded a little more effort visually might have gone a long ways to convince the viewer that Moses was back on stage. As it was, it was just dress up; as far as Bale was concerned.
While the costumes were fantastic & the story was retold with big names & attention to gilt, this was a draw in my book. No new, inserted, drama or mighty interactions. Just Edgerton carrying the film as Ramses. An excellent actor. But it’s a big film & one man or woman can’t make it a hit. That would be impossible, in a Ridley Scott movie. It was a miss & I don’t recommend it even with the brief appearances by the goddess Sigourney Weaver.
It’s a movie & shouldn’t be held up to the Bible in comparison. But, it’s a bad film; on its lack of merit.