Blu-ray Review: 'Gods Of Egypt'

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Gods vs. man – let the games begin!  We’re going head to head with checking out the new to Blu-ray flick “Gods of Egypt” out May 31 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.  We see if history is entertaining below!


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   Title: “Gods of Egypt”

   Grade: 3

   Cast: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gerard Butler, Brenton Thwaites

   Director: Alex Proyas

   Rating: PG-13

   Runtime: 126 minutes

   Release Company: Lionsgate Home Entertainment



The Flick: For all the complaints via Director Alex Proyas about critics hating his films, this meager on was actually very entertained by “Gods of Egypt.”  (Sorry to disappoint you, Alex!)  While not on par with his five-star “Dark City” stuff, the film plays like escapist Sunday fun and on that playing field it delivers.  The barrage of CGI plays out like the stop motion sequences of Harryhausen flicks (though admittedly not as nostalgic!), there are both quirky (Geoffrey Rush’s Ra is terrific!) and fun characters (Dark City alum Rufus Sewell is damn funny!), there’s a great history lesson (my kid said he wished school was like it!) and there’s enough good vs. evil adventure tropes to make “Gods of Egypt” a fluffy but fun ride.  Too bad Alex – foiled again!

Best Feature: While the doc ‘A Devine Vision: Creating a Cinematic Action Fantasy’ has the most in terms of everything from actors to building the worlds ALL of the massive amount of featurettes here have no inclusion of Alex Proyas (no commentary or interviews in any featurettes – nothing!) besides bits on-set.  For a guy who couldn’t keep mum during the release seems a tad odd to clam up for those fans bought the work.

Best Hidden Gem: Geoffrey Rush again plays a tasty role and look for “F/X” actor Bryan Brown – good to see you on screen brother.

Worth the Moola: Alex’s critical tirade aside, “Gods of Egypt” is enjoyable.

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