God’s of Egypt (2016) – Movie Review

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God’s of Egypt – 2016
The God’s bleed molten gold and battle ’til death

Directed by Alex Proyasgods-of-egypt-poster

Starring:

·         Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
·         Brenton Thwaites
·         Chadwick Boseman
·         Élodie Yung
·         Courtney Eaton
·         Gerard Butler
·         Geoffrey Rush



This is a film for which I didn’t have high expectations so I was pleasantly surprised by my enjoyment of it. The filmmakers took the concepts of Egyptian Mythology and Gods and crafted a new story from them. I find that quite acceptable considering there are no real mythology stories handed down from Ancient Egypt, only the concepts and instructions for afterlife. The tale has all the power struggles, jealousies, and quests found in Greek myths while paying homage to the Egyptian Gods.

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Sure, they used American actors, American style dialogue and sarcasm, but the film is aimed at an American audience. The sets and costume are stunning, colorful and beautifully designed, showing the cities to be vibrant rather than chromatic shades of sandstone. The impressive statuary, architecture, and workings are a sight to see.

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On the dawn of Horus, being crowned as ruler of Egypt, his Father is killed by Set who takes the crown. He steals the eyes from Horus, essentially taking all his power and banishes the fallen God from the city. A young thief, whose love is killed by the new regime steals the eye of Horus to bargain for her life. Horus must find his other eye and regain his crown in order to gain the power to save the mortals of Egypt, the other Gods, and if possible the thief’s love. As they quest for the tools needed to defeat their nemesis, Set is conquering the other gods and absorbing their essence and strength to become one all-powerful God.

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The Gods in their deity form are magnificent to watch as are the depictions of the afterlife, Ra in battle with worm of chaos, and the flat earth. Highlights include a battle with giant fire breathing cobras, the riddle posing Sphinx, and the final battle of the Gods. The CG is done really well and at no time does the film have that digital look. The characters are quite likable and I became engaged in each of their journeys. It’s not perfect, but It gave me a little bit of the wonder and amazement I had when I first watched Jason and the Argonauts as young lad, and that is a great feeling.

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 A fun mythology film with exciting adventure and beautiful set and scene artistry.

 I give it 4.0 killer cobras out of five on the deadly deity’s mythologically murderous rampage.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (2010) – Movie Review

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Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (2010)

Directed by Chris Columbus

Starring:
Logan Lerman
Brandon T. Jackson
Alexandra Daddario
Jake Abel
Rosario Dawson
Steve Coogan
Uma Thurman


I originally watched this film because my daughter wanted to see it. That usually means she thinks the ‘boy’ star is cute (Logan Lerman). I was just happy that she wanted to watch a film that included Greek Mythology, a subject that I loved to study, portray in artwork, and read about when I was young. I had watched the many classic films (and some not-so-classic) pertaining to the subject throughout my years. This film made it fun for both of us, mixing the mythological characters with modern times in a new contemporary story. A kid, falling in love, a single mom with lousy boyfriend: not exactly a mythological topic. But percy jackson the lightning thief -poster-artwork 1Medusa, a Hydra, Hades, The River Styx, Zeus and Perseus: My type of film!

It was a fun flick with some great monsters. The effects were well-done with quality CG. An outstanding 5-headed hydra, and a wicked Medusa (played by Uma Thurman) and a giant Minotaur, pleased the monster fan in me. The film stayed true to the mythology world created by the ancient Greek storytellers. Having the Gods and Beasts still alive in this day and age left some creative blending to be tackled but it was handled well. For example: Medusa’ s stare still turns one to stone, so naturally she owns a garden & stone-statue dealership and wears dark shades most of the time.

Someone has stolen the Sacred Lightning bolt of Zeus and the Gods are ready to declare war on each other and mankind, if it is not returned by the summer Solstice in 2 weeks. Percy’s mother is Percy Jackson and the Lighning Thief - pic 1kidnapped and held ransom by Hades for exchange of the Zeus’ Lightning Bolt. All the gods and deities are after Percy because they think he stole the powerful weapon. At Camp Half-Blood, Percy learns he is a demi-god and trains for his quest to find the bolt and save his mother from Hades. Percy is teamed up with his friend, Grover Underwood, a Satyr (half goat, half man). At the camp he meets, Annabeth Chase, daughter of Athena, also a demi-god and a master archer. They set out on their journey to find three pearls, using an ancient map. The Pearls will enable them to enter and leave Hades, save Percy‘s mom and find the Lightning Bolt. Along their Journey they battle a really nice 5-headed fire-breathing Hydra, Medusa and the Lotus Eaters. Near the Hollywood sign they find a secret pathway to the river Styx. They’re taken to Hades home. There’s some nice depictions of hell and tortured souls in these scenes.

The film is based on a novel by Rick Riordan titled, The Lightning Thief, the first in a series known as Percy Jackson & the Olympians. Overall it’s a fun movie that both young ones and adults can enjoy. While it didn’t have the monster charm of Harryhausen’ s mythological creature creations, it had its own visual style for this era.

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It’s an action packed movie with fun special effects, some cool monsters and a light mythology mash-up in a modern setting.

I give it 3.2 magic pearls out of 5 on the mythos scale of Greek Gods and monsters.