January 6, 2015


Exodus: Gods and Kings (Ridley Scott, 2014). “For my brother, Tony Scott,” says the dedication from Ridley Scott. Was that the most moving moment? How else to understand his interest in this story of two brothers who are not really brothers but whose competitive yet never cruel relationship is the strongest in the movie, perhaps the only real relationship in the movie (wives are perfunctory, even interchangeable, and God is a problem). Otherwise, unlike Aronofsky’s Noah and Gibson’s Passion, this is an entirely impersonal Biblical epic, suffused with doubt and heavy on the CGI (and eyeliner). No one seems to know what to do with the spiritual dimension.