Normally, I don’t write reviews on my blog. For me, personally, I’ve just never been really good at writing them. My thoughts just get in a jumbled mess that I can’t seem to collect straight on paper. I get all anxious and discombobulated, especially, if the review isn’t very good.
I think another reason I don’t write them is I know that just like with books, movies are subjective. Reviews for novels and movies are really just opinion pieces. Now don’t get me wrong, I fully believe in one sharing their opinion, as I do on a range of subjects, however, for me, novels and movies are a place I just don’t touch.
This opinion, however, I just can’t keep to myself.
***WARNING: I am a Christian woman, who reads the bible, believes in God, and lives my life following Him and the teachings of Jesus Christ. If you are not a follower or a very religious person, you might not like what I have to say about this movie—especially, if you enjoyed it.***
A couple of weeks ago, I had the…um, displeasure…of finally watching the movie Exodus: Gods and Kings. Having just finished reading Exodus in the Old Testament of my bible (my friend Regina Walker and I are reading the New International Version together cover to cover), it probably wasn’t the best time to watch such a horrible, insulting, sorry excuse for a movie.
When the trailer for this movie first released, I have to admit I was intrigued. I didn’t see it in theaters, though, and quite frankly, I’m glad I didn’t because I would have left the theater half way through the movie after demanding for my money back.
What is wrong with Hollywood these days? And, these actors and directors who are just so arrogant that they think and believe they are so important that they can just take liberties with whatever they choose?
I found a quote about this very topic that says it best about the trend I’m noticing in Hollywood. “Biblically themed movies from many years ago (such as The Ten Commandments) were reasonably true to the biblical text, even though they took a bit of artistic license. But we’ve been noticing in recent times that movies based on biblical themes (such as Noah) are not just inaccurate, but seem to totally disrespect the Bible. The directors don’t seem interested in accurately portraying the events as recorded but in using the events for a drama that puts the Bible and the characters in a bad light.” ~ Ken Ham, president and founder of Answers in Genesis-U.S., Charisma Magazine.
As a child, I watched The Ten Commandments and loved it. Of course, when I watched it in my youth, I hadn’t actually read Exodus from the bible, so as far as I was concerned I didn’t know what was real and what wasn’t. I wasn’t aware that writers and directors can and will skew historical facts for their own greed and the hopes of a big, money making blockbuster.
Sometimes, I wish to be that niaeve again.
While greed and money are still factors in todays choices of how to skew the truth, it seems to also be because people in this country have all of a sudden become pussy nit-wits that can’t handle being offended with religious movies. Writers, directors, and producers would rather make money and not offend people than, oh I don’t know, tell the truth. I find it ironic that historical fiction and historical romance writers get flogged for not being historically accurate, however, Hollywood can rewrite history and no one seems to bat an eye. *eyeroll*
Of course, visually, yes, the movie was stunning, however, all the special effects in the world can’t make up for the disgrace shown to story of Exodus and Moses. Or, not to mention, God himself. Of whom, the director and writers turned Him into a vindictive, freaky, little boy who appalled me in every scene he appeared in.
In researching reviews for this horrible excuse of a movie, I came across this quote. “God is literally represented as a petulant child. When God does make Himself present for Moses, it’s in the form of a young child who is often mocking his servant. This is an angry often-bloodthirsty God who doesn’t appreciate being challenged.” It was actually quite disgusting how they portrayed God in this movie, and the relationship between the little boy and Christian Bale was equally repugnant.
Which, leads me into Bale’s performance in the whole which is best explained with this simple quote: As reported on CharismaNews late last month, Ham writes that Bale said, “I think the man was likely schizophrenic and was one of the most barbaric individuals that I ever read about in my life. He’s a very troubled and tumultuous man who fought greatly against God, against his calling.”
On this, Ham comments, “Keep in mind that Scripture describes Moses as the most humble man living at that time (Num. 12:3); God calls Moses faithful (Num. 12:7; Heb. 3:5) and a man of character who refused the riches and pleasures of the earth in order to identify with his kinsman and obey God.”
I fully agree. And, in other words, Bale is full of bull and his performance lacked any real knowledge about what the man was really like. He acted a part he didn’t understand and he did it poorly.
Another issue I found is that the dialogue was far too modern for the time period, which pulled me out of the story in every scene. At times, I felt like I was watching a fiction fantasy set in a time period that actually never existed, and I almost expected Christian Bale to say the lines “Throw down, dude.” in the middle of his fight scenes. Of which, there were plenty of actually, because apparently, even though it’s not in the bible, instead of speaking to the his people about God and helping them break free, according to Hollywood, Moses taught them all how to fight and kill. Oh yes, it was that bad.
And, then it got worse.
As if they couldn’t do anything else wrong, never once, in the whole movie did Moses or Aaron have a staff. Of course, Moses actually only spoke to Pharaoh once during the plagues—after the death of all the first born sons—so I suppose there was no need. Oh yes, they only spoke once. But of course, they showed the pharaohs magicians “explaining” how each of the plagues were because of natural reasons. There goes Hollywood again, only showing stuff that would depict how the Bible is fictional fluff.
But, back to my point, never once did Moses have his staff. Not even in the climatic ending where Moses parts the Red Sea.
Nope. No staff.
Instead, Moses throws in the sword his adoptive father gave him while he was a Prince of Egypt, and while he’s sleeping the tide goes out and that’s how they are able to cross.
A sword? A blankety-blank-blank sword that makes tide go out!!!!!!
Needless to say, this movie is, by far, the worst movie I’ve ever seen in my life. I suppose I’m almost grateful, knowing Hollywood’s reputation, I didn’t see Noah. As far as I’m concerned, aside from Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ, Hollywood can take their “religious” movies and shove them where the sun doesn’t shine.