Gods of Egypt (2016)
Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gerard Butler, Courtney Eaton, Chadwick Boseman
Directed by: Alex Proyas
Written by: Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless
Rating: PG Running Time: 2 hr. 6 min
Not since the horrible remake of Clash of the Titans in 2010, has so much potential been wasted on the big screen. And like that ancient tale of gods and kings, Gods of Egypt, somehow manages to take a rich mythology, and turn it into two of the most boring hours you’re ever likely to live. You have been warned.
The CGI looks bad, like prequel Star Wars trilogy bad. Everything either has an unnatural looking sheen to it, or the live action components don’t properly blend in. This is especially notable during the films many action scenes, that pit an unconvincing Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, against all manner of computer generated monsters. And it’s painfully clear that Nikolaj doesn’t know what he’s fighting, or where he should stand or look.
The film’s ham-fisted attempts at humor fail, because none of the characters ever become people we can care about. Brenton Thwaites’, Bek, is never more than a plucky side-kick used for comic relief when he should be the very heart of the story. Nikolaj’s, Horus, God of Air, never becomes anything more than a foil to, Gerald Butler’s, Set, and neither character gets much development beyond being vengeful or dealing with daddy issues.
What could have been a great fantasy adventure, ends up being a bloated poorly edited disaster. It fails to balance or properly develop its tale of dueling gods and mortal love, and looks terrible.
This isn’t as good as Clash of the Titans, and that film wasn’t very good either.
The visual effects are terrible in Gods of Egypt.