There was already some controversy leading up to the release of Ridley Scott’s Biblical epic ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings,’ as the director dismissed the white-washing of the cast of the film, which is set in ancient Egypt. Scott brought even more criticism down on both himself and the film when he explained that he wouldn’t have been able to get funding by casting “Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such” in the lead role. Although the film has already been released in the U.S., it’s still causing controversy, as both Egypt and Morocco have officially banned the release of Scott’s latest film.
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Sometimes, a film can effortlessly open at number one at the box office while still being a pretty huge disaster. This is the case with ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings,’ which rode a wave of terrible reviews and an even more terrible marketing campaign to a hugely disappointing start. With a lot of big movies opening the next two weeks, the new Biblical epic won’t even find time to grow some legs. Chances are strong that it is dead on arrival.
The controversy over the mostly white casting of Ridley Scott’s new Biblical epic ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ continues to draw controversy, mostly because Scott himself continues to say controversial things. Last month, when asked by Variety why he chose to fill the parts of Middle-Eastern characters with the likes of white men like Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton, Scott explained that he couldn’t “mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such.”
You could comfortably bake several loaves of bread—plus a cake or two—in the time it takes to get through ‘Exodus.’ This film does run an hour shorter than Cecil B. DeMille’s famous version of ‘The Ten Commandments’ from 1956, but at times it feels just as long; maybe longer.
If you were actually spending time with your families yesterday during the Thanksgiving holiday instead of watching football, chances are you didn’t see this new, 90-second TV spot for ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings.’ The latest extended peek at the film is battle-heavy, promising that Ridley Scott’s biblical epic intends to deliver on more than just a little brotherly melodrama.
The final 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' trailer is an anomaly because it's the first piece of marketing for the film that doesn't make us shake our heads in disbelief. After several painfully dull trailers, we finally have a glimpse at the movie that doesn't make us guffaw. For the first time, this actually looks like a Ridley Scott film.
Twentieth Century Fox unleashed the new 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' trailer unto the world, and if you weren't already excited to delve into Ridley Scott's vision of Moses as he frees the Egyptian slaves, this new look might get your heart racing.
One of the most intriguing films of the upcoming fall movie season is Ridley Scott's 'Exodus: Gods and Kings,' a massive epic that tells the Biblical story of Moses and his brother Ramses, played by Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton, respectively. While it's already drawn some controversy for its mostly white cast, we can't help but be curious about a new Ridley Scott film, particularly a sprawling action drama set in Biblical times. Curious indeed. And thanks to this new featurette, we can go behind the scenes of 'Exodus' to see Scott putting it all together.