If I were to describe Exodus: Gods and Kings in just one word, that word would be epic. This film is undoubtably and undeniably an epic. The story of Moses and the Ten Commandments is up there as one of the most interesting and large scale biblical stories available, and so it would've been rather disappointing if the film adaptation didn't capture this scale. While some adaptations do and others don't, I'm talking about this one and so the others don't matter right now. We need more epics to come from Hollywood. Epics like this. Their scales are enormous, and their budgets suit. Exodus: Gods and Kings is the greatest epic we've had in a number of years, and the best biblical movie too.
Their scenes together are ecstatic. Well, for the audience at least. Watching the two talents on screen is nothing but exciting. You can really get a sense of their rivalry and hatred; it oozes off screen. The scenes where they're apart are just as fantastic too. In fact, I would even argue that they're better. They each get their time to shine and in these moments of fame they just give it their all. They have the spotlight and they intend on keeping it.
The visuals are stunning, but they come in second place when compared to the set design. I'm not saying that the special effects aren't f**king amazing, as they are, but they're not as gratifying as the sets. The locations and the set pieces and the costumes of this film help to make it the epic that it is. I can't stop calling this film an epic, but it really is. Epics make me happy, deal with it. But by far, the greatest technological achievement that this film has to offer is the red sea scene. The effects alone got my heart racing.
Ridley Scott has been a hit and miss director as of late. In his glory days, Scott rarely failed. In more recent years this hasn't been the case. Just last year he greeted us with a god-awful movie (I didn't actually intend on referring to God in a review of a religious movie, but I'll go with it) known as The Counselor, but it's best to forget about that film. Exodus shows us that he's back on track, giving us some directing that's almost on par with classics such as Alien. Yep, I just put Exodus: Gods and Kings up against Alien, which is one of my all time favourite movies. I'm sure this will promptly be followed by the destruction of man-kind. Oh wait, we already saw that in the other biblical movie that was released this year, didn't we?