Movie Review: “Gods of Egypt” – Painful

Written by Caitlin Cooper March 16, 2016

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Sometimes you see movie trailers and think, “that looks really good”, and the film lives up to the trailer. Other times, like with Gods of Egypt, you see the trailer and think “that doesn’t look too bad. It might be good,” and it ends up being bad enough that the only entertainment you get is from laughing at it.

In Gods of Egypt, years after the angry god Set (Gerard Butler) stole the throne from his brother Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), killed his parents, and enslaved all of Egypt’s mortals, two mortals dare to stand against the tyrannical god ruling them. Bek’s (Brenton Thwaites) girlfriend Zaya (Courtney Eaton) urges him to put his faith in Horus, the god whom Set sent into exhile after stealing his powerful eyes. Bek has no faith in the gods, but intent on saving his girlfriend from slavery and give her the life she deserves, he steals back the god’s eye and returns it to him for a price. Together, mortal Bek and fallen god Horus form an unlikely alliance to stop Set before he unleashes a terrible monster.

“Egypt has always been a paradise. But now, there is chaos.”

I wish I could say there was at least one truly redeeming thing about Gods of Egypt, but the truth is, by the end of the film I was practically counting down the minutes to when I could leave the theater. Oh, sure, there were one or two jokes made by the mortal protagonist that were actually funny. But, mostly, this film seemed more concerned with showing off its CGI than actually being a good story. The CGI in Gods of Egypt is full of gold, and everything you see is over-done. So much so that by the end it was clear this movie is in fact all visuals and no substance. As for the actual story, well, let’s just say it’s odd, cheesy, and about as interesting as commercial breaks when you’re watching TV. There’s supposed to be a plot twist where it’s revealed that Horus actually never meant to honour his side of the bargain with Bek (though in the end he does), but it’s so been-there-done-that that I didn’t care. I literally did not care what happened to the characters in this movie. Except it’s gross the way women are treated. Hathor (Elodie Yung) used to be with Horus before his exile, and she’s then forced to become Set’s lover. But of course Horus thinks she actually loves Set. Hathor gets an interesting story when she sacrifices herself for Bek and Zaya. Bek’s girlfriend Zaya is actually only present on screen in the beginning when she urges Bek to be courageous and then is promptly killed. She then spends the rest of the movie mostly off-screen as she journeys through the underworld to face final judgement. Zaya is meant to be an important character, though she only gets a say through Bek as he informs Horus she has faith in the gods despite how disappointing they are. But otherwise the female characters are pretty much ignored. The only good thing about the ending is that Horus makes the underworld’s judgment not be about the riches you had in life, but about how good you were. But that message is mostly lost in all the excessive visuals and weird action sequences Gods of Egypt is simply swimming in.

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It’s kind of hard to comment on the cast when of Gods of Egypt when I really didn’t enjoy the film. It’s not the cast’s fault the script is so weakly written. Thwaites (previously in The Giver) does well as both the comedic relief and the central character. Coster-Waldau as Horus is oddly calm throughout the majourity of the film, but otherwise does alright. Butler comes across flat, despite his smirking, yelling, and tyrannical behaviour. But that could be more due to the character. Eaton as Zaya easily portrays herself as the hopeful and truly good character who wants to rebel against Set. Yung manages to make Hathor a sympathetic character: she may be judged badly by Horus, but she cares about him and befriends Bek to the point where she’s willing to face her demons to save him and Zaya. Chadwick Boseman (who was great in biopic 42) plays Thoth, the god of writing and knowledge. His fake British accent is awful, but the character is entertaining.

“You have the power to make things right.”

With this film, you cannot have high expectations or else you’ll be sorely disappointed. To be fair, Gods of Egypt is first and foremost an action film, but even the action sequences are odd. The movie is clearly more concerned with its CGI than its story, and the acting isn’t spectacular. The story is flat, only a few jokes are actually funny, and the CGI is overdone. It could’ve been good, since Egyptian mythology is fascinating and a rare thing in Hollywood films. But ultimately Gods of Egypt is both overdone and underwhelming.

My Rating: 2/10

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About Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin is an avid watcher of movies and television shows so she decided to use her passion to write about them. She has a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a Minor in Creative Writing.

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