Debates on “Exodus: Gods and Kings”

Posted on December 10, 2014 by

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Nadia Missak, Jaelyn Hinkle, Dustin Ohlin

Introduction

There are many controversies surrounding the movie by Ridley Scott, Exodus: Gods and Kings. Although it gets great reviews, many people argue that it does not accurately capture the true story of Exodus. There are three main arguments against it, one being race related, the second being Christian Bales comments on Moses, and the third is concerning the biblical accuracy of the film.

Whitewashing 

As seen in the trailer, all of the main characters are white, and many people do not agree with the fact that Egyptians of that time were white. A movie critic named Rupert Murdoch got on twitter and said “Moses film attacked on Twitter for all white cast. Since when are Egyptians not white? All I know are.” Many people ended up attacking this tweet saying how inaccurate it is because most Egyptians from that time were a darker skin color. Other movies, such as, The Ten Commandments, Exodus (1960), Moses, and Mo and the Big Exit are all addition examples of times when the roles of Egyptians were being played by white men. This idea of having white actors was shaken up in the movies Bruce Almighty and Evan Almighty, when God was played as a black man, Morgan Freeman.

Another race-related issue in the movie was that the slaves were the only people in the film being played by people of color.

Christian Bale’s Thoughts on Moses 

Who was Moses, really? He was a dominant figure in Christian history. He was raised by the Pharaoh’s daughter as if he were an Egyptian Prince. Moses was considered higher up than most people because he has seen and received messages from God on how to be the leader of God’s people. Moses is a crucial figure because Jesus fulfills the laws that Moses brought down from the mountain. He also obeyed God, despite person danger and shows Christians what it means to be a true believer and have great faith, despite harm.

Who does Christian Bale say Moses is? Bale considers Moses as someone who is schizophrenic and barbaric. A direct quote from Bale himself says “He’s a very troubled and tumultuous man who fought greatly against God, against his calling.” Bale was saying the exact opposite of what Moses has been known to be. Many people were not pleased with the fact that someone who does not understand the true character of Moses, is going to be playing his role in a movie.

Biblical Accuracy

The true story of Exodus from the Bible depicts miracles by God, in hopes to help His people be freed from Egypt. The director, Ridley Scott, wanted to come up with a more scientific reason for what was going on. He tells someone, “I didn’t believe it then, when I was just a kid sitting in the third row. I remember that feeling and thought that I’d better come up with a more scientific or natural explanation.” Scott does not think that the Bible is the reality and that there is no way that those plagues could just happen, but he did not totally shying away from the fact that these were somehow miraculous.

Despite the controversy over this movie, it is still getting good ratings and people are still going to go watch it.

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