PROS AND CONS FOR EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS
First of all, judging strictly by the fact this film was directed by Ridley Scott, it should come as no surprise to everyone and anyone who watched it that there were some Hollywood liberties taken for entertainment purposes that have NOTHING to do with the actual account of the Hebrew Exodus. That being said, it would, of course, be disappointing to those who know the actual account of the Exodus as it's recounted by Moses in the book of Exodus in the Bible.
When directors like Ridley Scott (or any director) take such liberties , it obviously comes as no surprise to them that they will obviously face some heated backlash for doing so. On the other hand, some details in the book of Exodus are left to the imagination; in that case, people like Scott are free to take artistic liberties to 'fill the gaps' left by Moses himself for the sake of a logical, creative and cinematography storyline.
For example, the book of Exodus says that God/I AM spoke to Moses through a burning bush. It doesn't say anything about transferring to that of a boy (as is depicted in the film). HOWEVER, it is clever of Scott to use the imagery of a boy to depict how God can use any medium/person He so chooses to thwart the plans of men.
That being said, Ridley Scott goes too far with artistic liberties with, from the very beginning of the film, depicting Moses as an Egyptian general - and for all intents and purposes - a 'brother' to Ramses/(Pharaoh) , who Moses confronts both in the book and film, but in very different ways , completely different from one medium to the other.
For example, in the book of Exodus, there is no mention whatsoever about Moses being a skilled leader, let alone A leader, that would remotely suggest that he'd be up to the task of leading the Hebrew Exodus in the slightest. In fact, what makes the Hebrew Exodus so incredibly miraculous is the FACT that Moses was the FURTHEST thing ANYBODY AND EVERYBODY would consider 'leadership material'.
This is a grave mistake for Scott to make. This is a big artistic blunder for two reasons that are intricately connected: The book of Exodus makes every concerted effort (keep in mind it's written by Moses himself!) to make it absolutely clear to the reader that Moses is not cut out to lead the Exodus at all. In fact, he has a stutter! Moses tries repeatedly to 'bow out of it' and suggests that his brother Aaron would be far better suited for the job.
God/I AM, clearly irritated with Moses' response, decides to meet him halfway. He agreed with Moses that Aaron could be the mediator between God and Moses with regards to voicing the complaints/concerns of the Hebrews as they developed. HOWEVER, the LORD would not let Aaron be the one to lead His people out of Egypt. That would responsibility would be squarely placed on Moses' shoulders, with of course God's leading and guidance every step of the way.
But I digress. In the film, Moses was leadership material from start to finish, even though he questions himself about it a few times. In REALITY, this was not the case. He wrestled with it INTENSELY (something Ridley Scott should really have given more time and focus on).
Secondly, another mistake he made, and no small one at that, was the intensely anti-climatic scene where the Egyptians were drowned by God in the Red Sea after He made a way for the Hebrews to safely cross it.
Another positive, however, is how the film depicts Moses' 9 years away from Egypt and how God calls Him back to Him after a couple of visions on Mount Sinai.
Moses' wife and son naturally respond with doubt and fear, believing the worst (that, for one reason or another, will never see him again.) The book of Exodus doesn't really say much about how long this time was and/or Moses' activities during said time. So, I actually appreciate how Ridley Scott spend the necessary time and effort with how the film incorporated both how Moses met and spent time with his wife, had a son, and life for Moses in his absence from Egypt, and his subsequent reunion with them after the Hebrew Exodus to unite his family.
This metaphor served as a powerful reminder for God's relationship with His people and His desire for human families to be united as one. The film ends with Moses and God (who for the last time in the film, appears to him as a boy), smiling to each other as they lead the Hebrews to Canaan, the promised land.