Anybody reading this review will probably be familiar with the race controversy that surrounded its release in America. In fact, there was such an outcry that it led to the film being pulled from its British release with only around a week to go, with initial reports saying it would go straight to a digital release. You know things are bad when a full marketing push is wasted. The last film of this size to have something like this happen was Jupiter Ascending, and we all know how that ended…

On the day of his coronation, the God Horus is challenged and almost beaten to death by his uncle and the God of darkness Set, who banishes him from the civilised world. He quickly turns the prosperous land into a state of anarchy, enslaving most of the humans, and killing off any Gods who oppose him. Human hero (and thief by trade) Bek sets out to rescue Horus, and the two embark on a journey to save the world from Set and his evil empire.

Gods of Egypt Review

Alright, yes, it is strange that there are American, Scottish and Danish people running around dressed as ancient Egyptian Gods. To slightly defend this decision, this film isn’t actually set in ancient Egypt, but in an alternate universe / land before time type world. It’s not actually the choice to have white actors in these roles that bothered me, but the choice of one actor in particular. While Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Geoffrey Rush and a number of others all easily pull off their roles (nobody is cast against type here), Brenton Thwaites sticks out like a sore thumb. He’s the only person who both looks and feels completely out-of-place at all times, and while he does make a decent cheeky leading man, this certainly wasn’t film for him to do it in.

With all of that being said, nobody is watching this kind of film for the acting. Gods of Egypt is about one thing – over the top, ridiculous, special effects driven madness, and boy does it deliver. I don’t think there’s a single shot in this film that doesn’t have some kind of spectacular imagery in it, with everything from the costumes, the characters (the Gods are ten foot tall giants), the sets (many of which are digital but still look great), and the landscapes being wonderful to look at.

Gods of Egypt Review

That’s not even beginning to mention the action sequences, which have a mind-blowing level of relentlessness, and each has some unique and brilliant ideas. This ingenuity is found in every scene, not just the action, and as each sequence began, even if it was something as simple as collecting water, I was always interested in what was going to happen, and how it was going to happen.

Something that wasn’t quite as good was the jokes, most of which weren’t particularly funny. The story is predictable, and the dialogue could perhaps have had a little bit more attention put into it, but much like I said with the actors, this isn’t really what this film is about, and none of these things detract from this being an overall fun adventure film.