Admittedly, I have a natural bias towards the story behind this film given that the subject matter pertains to certain belief systems that I am interested in. But, if I put that aside, I can recognize that this just simply wasn’t a very good film.
I will say I thought it improved after the first fifteen minutes. I thought it was going to be absolutely horrendous once the completely irrelevant narrator began speaking, and all the archaic television-style angles and shots and garden variety storytelling had begun. Not that the improvement that followed was vast, but it existed.
Summing it up, I would say that the acting was passable and the visuals were okay. Anubis looked cool. Accepting the fact that in today’s world of cinema, the effects have advanced so much that they almost look better than real life, sometimes, I cannot deny that Gods of Egypt could have had better CGI, but I can’t lie when I say I sometimes miss the nostalgic 90s-style computer animation. But, it’s not always about appearances, right? As long as the story is stellar…
But, sadly, it was not. I really would have rather seen a film that followed the tales of these Gods sans the human love element dominating the script. I’m okay with the fact that human perspective is a major player in the old tales, but it didn’t have to be the entire tale. I will commend them, though, for sticking to the story of what happened between Set, Osiris, and Horus. They alluded to many various pieces of the mythos, but sacrificed a lot of it to revolve the story around the quest to bring the beloved heroine back from the dead.
I did enjoy some of the fantasy elements and action scenes, though there was quite a bit of camp and cheese throughout, but by the time the final fight rolled around, I wasn’t interested. The final showdown offered nothing exciting. It was short, uneventful, and stale. Instead of enduring that boredom, I would have liked to have seen more of the Underworld.
However, I really enjoyed the scenes with Ra. They did manage to converge the elements of fantasy and sci-fi in a slick fashion, and casting Geoffrey Rush was a wise decision. Between that and the scenes of the Underworld with Anubis, there was some bit of a saving grace.
But, why was Gerard Butler simply playing a taller version of Leonidas?
Anyway, my partiality to Egyptian beliefs allows me to look passed the film’s many shortcomings and enjoy it for what it is. But, my objectiveness as a reviewer leads me to recognize that it wasn’t a very good film as a whole.
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