The gods go to war in ‘Gods of Egypt,’ but is it worth your time? Here’s what the critics have to say about Brenton Thwaites and Gerard Butler’s new movie!
Gods of Egypt hits theaters on Feb. 26. Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Brenton Thwaites star in this action-adventure epic, but is it all it’s cracked up to be? The Gods of Egypt reviews are in! Check them out now!
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Rather, it is to cheerfully admit that I enjoyed “Gods of Egypt” despite the lazily generic non-story, the dubious Eurocentric casting and (intentionally?) unconvincing effects that make you wonder (another imponderable) why they didn’t just make this an animated picture. As is often the case in many midlevel and even pricier movies of this type, the more that filmmakers try to reproduce or fabricate entire worlds inside a computer, the less persuasive the results are. As is also often true, the aerial views and crowd shots are particularly unnatural and unattractive, and have none of the painterly beauty of Hollywood’s classical-era backdrops.
There’s no pulse beating within it. It’s razzle-dazzle hackwork that’s too tin-eared and dumb for adults and too long and tedious for kids. It’s also just plain bonkers. Aside from a flying chariot drawn by gigantic winged beetles, one of the movie’s signature visual gags is presenting the gods as super-sized giants with the mortals looking like Lilliputians next to them.
Butler, looking and sounding so out of place you may wonder if he’s doing early cross-promotion for “Cairo Has Fallen,” nonetheless perfectly embodies the crass, ham-fisted sensibility of the enterprise: He’d be chewing the scenery if you could chew green screen. Not to be outdone in the weird-accent department, Chadwick Boseman glares and snarks up a storm in the role of Thoth, the haughty and imperious god of wisdom. If he knows why this movie exists, he’s not telling.
It’s all as ridiculous as it sounds, and yet somehow Gods of Egypt doesn’t even manage to be campy enough to be an entertaining guilty pleasure. Partly it’s a result of the extensive CGI effects which, although elaborate and obviously expensive, still manage to look cheesy.
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