If there is one thing that I took away from Gods of Egypt, it is that Australian director Alex Proyas (I, Robot) knows how to create a beautiful film.

Proyas’ first film in seven years follows Bek (Brenton Thwaites), an agile mortal thief who teams up with Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), the powerful and vengeful God of Air, to defeat his uncle Set (Gerard Butler) who usurped Egypt’s throne and plunged the once peaceful empire into chaos. Bek and Horus strike a deal: Bek will aid Horus in his quest to reclaim his throne and stolen eye in exchange for Horus bringing Bek’s true love Zaya (Courtney Eaton) back from the Underworld.

I am no expert on Ancient Egyptian mythology, and you definitely don’t need to be to understand the story. Gods of Egypt draws inspiration from the more well-known legends of ages past.

Gods of Egypt is nothing but an action film with a mythological twist, but it sure is visually pleasing. The gods, who are larger in stature than the mortals, transform into stunning and glittering beasts of bronze or gold when fighting, making them look very god-like indeed. The visual effects used to portray the Underworld were also beautifully made, and this, along with the great cinematography, is what really made Gods of Egypt a good movie for me.

The only major issue I had with this film was the accents. We all know Butler is Scottish, and even if you didn’t you might have guessed it after seeing Gods of Egypt because there are a few times where he slips up with his accent and his true voice comes through. There is something particularly jarring about hearing a Scottish voice coming from an Egyptian god.

If you’re looking for an action film with loads of fight scenes and impressive visual effects, then Gods of Egypt is definitely for you. If you’re looking for something more than that, maybe see something else.

Rating: PG-13+

Running Time: 127 minutes

Star Rating: 3/5

 

Words by Emma Johnson

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