Ridley Scott is at an odd time in his career. He came into the 21st Century as one of the strongest filmmakers of previous decades and delivered continual promise with Gladiator. He has yet to reach those heights since and after Prometheus and last year's The Counselor (two films I actually will defend) some have given up hope or excitement altogether. Can we at least make the stipulation that he is still behind some of the most glorious-looking blockbusters?
From our first glimpse of Pharaoh's hosts riding in the storm my breath was stolen by Exodus' visuals alone. Several more establishing shots of Egyptian architecture ensured me this is going to be a gorgeous film throughout. It's no wonder why, Dariusz Wolski returned to shoot for Scott. Visualizations of the plagues and one of the most iconic Biblical moments of all, the parting in the Red Sea, look to be in full form. Also, no rock monster angels in sight (I'm lookin' at you, Noah), which you can take anyway you like.
The element that will undoubtedly compete for your attention in this trailer are its actors. Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton play Moses and Rhamses. Having two non-American yet still quite white actors play an Israeli and an Egyptian is already causing complaints against this "white-wash" crime. Yes, it would be better if there were some racially appropriate leads cast in this film. Yes, it will likely be distracting (especially seeing Edgerton playing Yul Brynner playing Rameses II). But at the end of the day, these are terribly talented actors and they're here to play their parts. The dialogue is still up in the air from the very little we hear but the script is in very capable hands.
I am going to be there opening weekend with 3D glasses on my face (Prometheus is still one of the best 3D films I've seen). Will you be going to desert with Scott on this one? Answer this or voice any of your own opinions on the trailer for Exodus: Gods and Kings in the comments below.
Exodus: Gods and Kings hits theaters in the United States on December 12th.