Gods of Egypt 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review
The question that kept ringing through my head during the two hour run time of Alex Proyas’ latest, GODS OF EGYPT was how in the world did this get made? I’m still awestruck that anyone would think this could be a successful film, even with some recognizable stars and a basic plot outline based on Egyptian mythology. But somehow, GODS OF EGYPT made it to the big screen and the result is a cheesy film that flirts with the idea of being in the “so bad it’s good” genre, but can’t even do that well.
Fans of ancient Egyptian mythology will instantly recognize the basic plot. The God Horace (Coster-Waldau) is set to be the new King of Egypt when his evil uncle Set (Butler) decides he wants to be king instead. Blinded and banished from Egypt, Horace sulks away until the mortal Bek (Thwaites) comes seeking his help. Bek has stolen one of Horace’s eyes from Set and wants Horaces help to bring back his recently deceased girlfriend. This sets Horace and Bek on a journey to dethrone Set and bring Egypt back to its former glory.
The thing you have to come to grips with while watching GODS OF EGYPT is the shiny, almost cartoon like settings. That was instantly obvious while watching the trailers and probably the biggest reason GODS OF EGYPT became a punchline even before anyone had seen it. It’s very distracting and reminded me of the over the top Bollywood movies that are more about spectacle and flashiness than actual substance. The problem with the cartoonish filming is that nothing could be taken seriously. So whenever an actor tried to portray pain or real emotion, it was almost comical given the settings. Not that the acting would have been good without the cartoonish settings, because it certainly would not have been, but the actors didn’t get any help.
Speaking of acting, if you can stomach the cartoonish settings, the next thing you have to come to terms with is the over dramatic performances from everyone involved. The only bright spot was Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who brings some of his Jamie Lannister to the role and actually gives a charismatic performance, which is saying a lot given what he had to work with. Every other actor behaves as if they’re in a London stage play and they’re reciting Shakespeare. If it was one or two actors, I would blame them and their performance. These aren’t B-list actors, either; aside from Butler and Coster-Waldau, we have Chadwick Boseman, Geoffrey Rush, Elodie Yung and Bryan Brown. All of them performed embarrassingly bad, but since we know these actors and we’ve seen them deliver good performances, we can’t blame them for GODS OF EGYPT. The blame falls squarely on the shoulders of director Alex Proyas.
Proyas likes to take 5 or more years off between movies, but maybe he should take more after this one. I’m not sure what he was trying to do with GODS OF EGYPT. If they had gone more of the realistic route like EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS they might have made a better film, but this shiny, fake, over produced way of telling a story doesn’t work in the hands of someone like Alex Proyas.
4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW
Video: GODS OF EGYPT is an interesting film to analyze on 4K. Since the only thing the film has going for it is its overwhelming visuals, I was expecting a striking difference between the 4K and Blu-ray versions of the film. But I also know that the one tiny downside to the 4K format is that heavy CGI films sometimes suffer from the added detail. Unfortunately, GODS OF EGYPT is almost all CGI and during some of the more heavy CGI sequences (the battle between Set and Ra in space), the presentation can actually be worse. The 4K does come through during “normal” (not sure there is such a thing in this film) scenes where textures and backgrounds come to life with much more detail than the Blu-ray counterpart.
Audio: The audio was fine.
There are no 4K exclusive special features, but the set does include a Blu-ray of the film.
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