I had extremely low expectations for this film, however it seemed reminiscent of Clash of the Titans, which is one of my favorite guilty-pleasure movies of all time. (Yes, I am talking about the 2010 remake.) I must say that I got what I expected: Clash of the Titans, but with Egyptian gods.
The CGI was (for the most part) the main draw of the film. Most of the CGI, including, but not limited to that of Anubis, the Sphinx, the aerial shots of Egypt, the eyes of Horus, and the beastly forms of the gods, looked amazing. There were some things, however, that were poorly done. For example, the flight scenes and chase scenes of the film were very obviously green-screened. Also, the CGI for Ra was terrible, and the CGI for Apophis looked almost exactly like the Kraken from Clash of the Titans.
The plot was ridiculously cheesy and archetypal, with the exception of one "plot twist" that I did not see coming. The ending was ridiculously predictable. Despite this, the film did manage to keep me entertained because of all of the carnage and the likable characters.
The supporting cast in the film (albeit whitewashed) was pretty good. Gerard Butler did a fine job as a butt-kicking protagonist. Chadwick Boseman was great in his role as Thoth, bringing humor and charm to his role, making for some of the best scenes in the film. Sadly, though, Geoffrey Rush seemed like he was just doing this role to pay the rent, as he had no passion for it. Worst of all, Brenton Thwaites was horrible in his role of the main character. He seemed like he was trying, but a better actor could have made this mediocre script into a decent movie. On the topic of whitewashing, I can think of an Egyptian actor who would have been perfect to play the protagonist: Rami Malek! You know, the Rami Malek who played an Egyptian in the Night at the Museum series and was acclaimed in Mr. Robot. Yes, that would have been great.
So overall, Gods of Egypt serves as a good way to spend two hours, although you don't necessarily have to rush out to see it. But if you are looking for some carnage, this delivers.
Gods of Egypt
Big Tuna's Rating: B-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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