Movie review: Visually bold ‘Gods of Egypt’ never bores
Say this for “Gods of Egypt,” it’s never boring. It’s silly, fun, grand, ridiculous and stupid, but never boring.
Director Alex Proyas (“Dark City”) brings his visionary eye to this daffy tale of Gods, kings, myths and legends, set in prehistoric Egypt.
It’s a mix of “300,” “Clash of the Titans” and “Prince of Persia,” all rendered to look like a video game. And it’s got a robe-clad Geoffrey Rush surrounded by flames as the sun god Ra, which is more than last February’s lofty yet laughable “Jupiter Ascending” had going for it.
“Game of Thrones’ ” Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is Horus, who goes to war with his uncle, Set (Gerard Butler), after Set steals the Egyptian throne. Young Bek (Brenton Thwaites) teams up with Horus to defeat Set and save his love Zaya (Courtney Eaton) before she crosses over to the afterlife.
It has the potential to be as lifeless as Ridley Scott’s overblown slog “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” but it at least has a sense of humor about itself. Like when Thoth (Chadwick Boseman), standing in a room full of clones of himself, asks, “how vain do you think I am?” and all but winks at the screen.
Set and Horus are gods and stand about two feet taller than mortals, but Proyas can never quite get their heights right, so they vary wildly from scene to scene. They also bleed gold and can transform into metallic warriors by using their powers of thought, so don’t count on “Gods of Egypt” for continuity points.
No one is confusing “Gods of Egypt” with strong storytelling. But for a mindless whir of crazy visuals, you can do a lot worse.
‘Gods of Egypt’
Rated PG-13 for fantasy violence and action, and some sexuality
Running time: 127 minutes