By Nirupa Mohan Ceylon Today Features
The newest ancient Egyptian fantasy based movie, Gods of Egypt, premiered with a well crafted global release, both in Sri Lanka and in several countries around the world. Gods of Egypt, made with a comfortable budget of 140 million dollars, was set to have its moment in the spotlight. But instead of taking off on the opening weekend, the film crash landed with negative criticism, earning just 38.2 million at the box office.
The movie has received tragic ratings that are as low as 12% on Rotten Tomatoes, while IMDb users seem you have been more generous with their 5.6/10 rating. But at the same time IGN seems to give it 4/10, so it's clear that it's a mixed review but regardless, overall, it's undeniably low on rating.
The 127 minute movie centres on a fantasy version of an Egyptian empire as the crown is to be passed on to a new king, Horus (Nikolaj Coster Waldau). But instead it is taken over by Set (Gerard Butler) the God of Darkness, who then makes people suffer in the kingdom as they work for him as slaves. The core focus of the movie is on a couple, Bek (Brenton Thwaites) and Zaya (Courtney Eaton), the ones who will definitely win your heart in this movie and keep you rooting for them from the start. But when Zaya dies, Bek finds the exiled Horus who is blind, returns part of his vision, and makes a deal with him to try and bring her back. The film is filled with fight scenes that resemble Iron Man and the fights in those movies, so it's a bit confusing at times when it feels like you're watching a movie that has the setting of a movie like The Mummy and those like Hercules or Thor but with an Iron Man movie component.
The CGI, or to be exact 3D computer graphics have room for improvement especially because, when it comes to monsters in a movie these days, it's not that new. So accuracy and perfection are crucial. The film seems to have failed in satisfying their viewers CGI expectations and most of the actors seem to have let the movie down too. It's as though they just want to get it over with.
Regardless of all that the film plays out mythically well and is somewhat entertaining, like a feel good film that leans on love. It might have done better if they had released it as a Valentine's Day special, especially since the movie is after all centred on bringing the girl Bek loves, back to life. Somewhat a love conquers all or a movie that says something like, you can do anything and everything for the hope of bringing back that someone you love again. Meanwhile, there is also another relationship with problems in the movie, between Horus and the Goddess of Love, who is with Set but returns to help when she realizes Horus wants to take back his life and save his kingdom.
The movie is a journey filled with many challenges. But with Bek, the mortal human, determined to face every challenge in his path, it's a feel good fantasy movie that might just be entertaining to watch.