“Exodus: Gods and Kings” is a damn good movie considering the several limitations and risks of adapting a biblical story. The main problem with biblical adaptations is that the characters are not layered. In this case, director Ridley Scott tried to give more depth to his characters, and he did, at least with Moses. I would have preferred to see more qualities in Rhamses, not only as the underprivileged brother. “Exodus” is a more grounded movie, compared with Charlton Heston’s “The Ten Commandments”. Even if it’s full of CGI, the visual effects are not distracting; I think that this is something that Scott handles pretty well; in all his films (including “Prometheus”) the CGI blends perfectly with the real images. The main problem of this film is the lack of emotion, and this is because the audience already knows how the tale ends; adding more development to the stepbrothers’ relationship could have helped it. Christian Bale is great as always; he transforms into his character. The casting of Sigourney Weaver, John Turturro and Ben Kingsley pulled me out of the movie; they don’t really have much to do there other than to help to sell it. Joel Edgerton and Aaron Paul are well casted. If I had to describe the film in one word that would be: EPIC!
by Oscar Rodriguez Gorriz