Parents' Guide to

Gods of Egypt

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Cheesy spectacle isn't just bad but also violent and racy.

Movie PG-13 2016 127 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 18+

Writing is what Matters

Diversity or all that woke filtering don't make a movie well executed, just more palatable for those who self-identify as easily offended. Writing, directing, character development, cast and acting make a movie well executed. This movie was written in such a shallow, disjointed manner, it makes me wonder who in Hollywood keeps paying for scripts that would even fail a 10 year-old writer in 5th-grade English class. Reality check: even if all the actors were native Egyptians, even if all the machismo-male and decoration-female caricatures were erased -- this movie would still be bad because the writing is less than amateurish. For those complaining about the perceived special-effects cheesieness, that's just technology bub! In 2050 they'll be saying the same thing about the special effects you currently slobber over. And to remind you, the 1930s King King has what we now consider cheesy S.E., but that remains a goid movie. Why, because writing and character development matter. S.E. can't save a movie poorly written with shallow characters, and it can't sink one that is thoughtfully, creatively written with rational pacing and withcharacters fully developed. Even a good supporting cast can't help when script writers and directors are no better than D-student 5th graders. And ... all that woke stuff about diversity and sensitivity, although it might fit the safe-space boundaries, it doesn't add + or - to whether a movie's actual quality is well executed or not.
age 9+

Hard to say in words how about this movie is

This movie might literally be one of the worst movies i've ever seen, the acting is terrible, and it's not about anything other than so called gods gratuitously beating each other to death for stupid reasons, and unnecessary sex scenes put in for so called humor. I can't see any of the actual effort that was put into making this, and honestly I don't think was any effort...cause it's notoriously horrible. The one thing about this movie which wasn't completely atrocious is the CGI, but it's still not very good (and also chadwick boseman was pretty cool). I've gotta say that all in all, this movie can't possibly deserve more than about 20% out of 100.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14):
Kids say (12):

Starring a white-washed cast phoning in their performances, this cheesy, unimpressive action fantasy is so bad it's only good for watching as a guilty pleasure once it's on television. Director Alex Proyas publicly apologized for not making more diverse casting decisions, but he might as well have apologized for the film itself. Butler's Set is an uninteresting, ruthless Big Bad Villain with no nuance; by now audiences must wonder whether the actor is capable of anything but these terrible swords-and-sandals adventures. And although Game of Thrones star Coster-Waldau is obviously quite comfortable holding a sword and dealing with missing body parts, he looks as bored as the audience.

Bek and Zaya are the only likable characters; meanwhile, poor Chadwick Boseman will have to rely on the goodwill of his portrayals in 42 and Get On Up to erase the memory of his terribly affected God of Wisdom, Thoth. Overlong and featuring bland effects, Gods of Egypt is the kind of film that feels twice as long as its runtime and will cause many moviegoers to constantly look at their watches in hopes that the climactic battle between Horus and Set will come soon so the credits will roll.

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