Exodus: Gods and Kings (PG-13)
Drama 142 December 12, 2014
The pleasures in Exodus are tactile: the heavy turquoise bridles worn by the villainous Ramses II (Joel Edgerton), the matching blue-and-white headdresses of his soldiers as they dominate the Hebrew slave quarters like cotton stormtroopers, the zebra and tiger skins he uses as carpet, and the unearthly pink crab he munches on for dinner. We can hear the luxury: Even in chaotic battle scenes, you can discern every individual clink of the scaly gold armor.
But Scott, either from fear or distraction, has no take on what this story might mean. A budget this big ensures he's gotta sell tickets to Bible-thumpers and spectacle-loving heathens alike. Yet he can't decide if making rivers run with blood is heroic or horrific -- you sense he'd rather make Gladiator II: Attack of the Frogs. Thanks to a distracting father versus son versus favored adopted son plotline, he essentially has.