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.