Watched Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
2.3/5 (amazon 2.7/5, imdb 6.2/10, rotten tomatoes 28%, Decent Films: B-
, AVS Ralph Potts: 2/5
Hugely weaker than "The Ten Commandments (1956)"
Once again (Son Of God, Noah), there’s plenty of creative license compared to the Bible.
In Ridley Scott’s burning-bush sequence Christian Bale’s Moses sees and hears a young boy, not a beatific boy speaking in dulcet tones like a proper Christian angel, but a scowling boy with a curt manner and a temper. Fortunately, the boy is not God himself, but a heavenly messenger -- there is biblical warrant for the idea that Moses encountered a messenger (or angel) of the Lord (Hebrew malak YHWH) at the burning bush (see Exodus 3:2, Acts 7:30-38). Nonetheless I found it off putting. Not because he represented a vengeful and unforgiving God, which has some similarity to Old Testament, but simply because he just came off so petty.
The delusional 'oh you hit your head on a rock' sequence didn't help either.
Military General Moses spending time teaching the Israelites how to become a resistance army, didn't seem right either. They didn't have time to make bricks without straw, but they had time to make all these weapons and practice.
Moses confronts Rameses only twice, once with a sword to Rameses' throat. Say what? The Plagues of Egypt, became assault without context.
And the parting of the seas, well they didn't visibly part. And when they came back together, Moses was still way out in the water.
Once again, as seems the tradition of the past decade in film, the narration tears down the magnificence of the man Profit Moses, as well as God. Similar to what was done in the last Superman, with superman being thief and scared and doubting, none of which are elements of traditional superman and if any of them had been the comic book wouldn't have made it to the sixth edition.
I doubt I'll watch it again, but I will offer it as an option to visiting Bible-ing relatives.