The modern retelling of an ancient myth is studded with some of the most talented Hollywood movie stars that, in a way, are gods themselves. The Gods of Egypt depicts the long struggle of the Upper and Lower Kingdoms of ancient Egypt to gain the upper hand against one another, yet they ended up unifying as a single empire. Upper Egypt is represented by the Egyptian God of the Air, Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau); while the Lower Egypt is represented by Set, the Egyptian God of the Desert, Storms, Disorder, Violence and Foreigners. In the myths he was supposed to look like an African man which should have been denoted by the color of his skin, but Gerard Butler’s acting, I suppose, will suffice.
The Gods in the Movie
The movie itself was made up of an ensemble of actors from different parts of the world. For me I think director Alex Proyas made the right move with the casting as it not only showcased actors and their talents, but revealed the potential of foreign actors in big roles such as this film.
Here are the main and supporting actors in the movie:
• Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Horus, Lord of the Air). Nationality: Denmark. Known for other films like Game of Thrones, Oblivion and Mama.
• Brenton Thwaites (Bek). Nationality: Australia. Known for Maleficent, Oculus and The Giver.
• Courtney Eaton (Zaya). Nationality: Australia. Known for The Five Wives: So Shiny, So Chrome, Mad Max: Fury Road and Made in Hollywood.
• Gerard James Butler (Set, God of the Desert). Nationality: Scotland. Known for 300, Olympus has Fallen, Reign of Fire, How to Train your Dragon 1 & 2, Attila the Hun, Law Abiding Citizen and Machine Gun Preacher.
• Elodie Yung (Hathor, Goddess of Love). Nationality: France. Known for Daredevil Season 2 TV series Netflix, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and District 13: Ultimatum.
• Bryan Brown (Osiris, God of Ressurection). Nationality: Australia. Known for Along Came Polly, Kill Me Three Times, Australia, Dead Heart and F/X 1 & 2.
• Rachael Blake (Goddess of Motherhood, Nature and Magic). Nationality: Australia. Known for Derailed, Wildside, Lantana and Perfect Strangers.
• Geoffrey Rush (God of the Sun and Supreme Egyptian Deity). Nationality: Australia. Known for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Shakespeare in Love, The Book Thief and The King’s Speech.
• Chadwick Boseman (Toth, God of Wisdom). Nationality: American. Known for Captain America: Civil War, Draft Day, Get on Up, 42 and The Kill Hole.
• Emma Booth (Nephthys, Goddess of Protection). Nationality: Australia. Known for Blood Creek, Parker, The Boys are Back and Gothica TV Series.
The story it seems is told from the eyes of the lowly yet crafty mortal named Bek (Brenton Thwaites) who for the most of his life does not have faith in the gods. But when he lost his lover, Zaya (Courtney Eaton) and Horus losing his parents and both his eyes, Bek saw an opportunity to make a deal with the Lord of the Air in exchange for bringing Zaya back from the land of the dead and reconcile with him; and Horus would also get his revenge and his Throne back from Set. This is somewhat the ‘untold’ version of the story of the gods and at the core of it was a human whose will was strong enough to change the course of history! They went on exotic adventures from the desert sands of Lower Egypt all the way up to space where Ra, Horus’ grandfather watches over creation and protecting it from Apophis the ancient Egyptian spirit of evil, darkness and destruction that seeks to devour the world night after night endlessly. Made alliances with Toth (Chadwick Boseman) and Hathor (Elodie Yung) in order to defeat the mightiest of all the gods, Set (Gerard Butler). The climax of the story was still centered on Bek as he tricked Set to let his guard down and gave Horus just enough time to deal a death blow on him and ended his reign of terror.
What I Thought about the Movie
Although there have been bad reviews and comments about this film, I personally think that the movie was good. People complain of so many things done wrong, but I could argue that Joel Schumacher’s Batman was not only unfaithful to the source material but was a blatant attempt to sexualize the entire franchise which angered the fans all over the world. Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four was very hard to watch, in fact, if you’re a loyal fan of the comic books you’ll cry half way through the movie simply because they butchered the story and the characters in it. There are worse movies that deserve bad reviews than Gods of Egypt, but at least Proyas remained faithful to the mythology which is what people would expect to see and not some boring movie that tries to humanize these mythological characters. I highly recommend that you watch this movie and enjoy the adventure that it brings.