December 11, 2014

"Exodus: Gods and Kings" - Bad at the Theater....Better at Home?


Unfortunately, one of the movies I am looking forward to seeing, Exodus: Gods and Kings got attacked by 'the critics'.

Generally, that does not affect how I feel towards a film, nor do i pay that much attention to it. But it's at 27% at the moment (top critics) on Rotten Tomatoes. I am sure I will still see the film, but perhaps not in theaters.

Something similar happened with Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven, where the 'director's cut' on DVD was a vastly superior film (thanks to the success and footsteps of The Lord of the Rings extended editions) which in fact, made the film pretty amazing.

Likewise with Robin Hood, although there was not drastic enough difference between the unrated and theatrical.

And, I saw this on Wikipedia:

"In an interview for Access Hollywood, Scott claimed there was a "final" cut of the film that was 4 hours, implying that the version released in theaters was reduced by 90 minutes."

So I shall be on the lookout for that once it hits, and if that version is good, I may pick it up. For the time being, I shall wait for it to arrive on Netflix, or see it through...other means. Like a free movie at the theater, or if a friend loans me a copy.....

So sometimes a better 'version' comes out on DVD/ blu-ray / itunes that is not shown in theaters. This usually the case with comedies ('unrated' editions, etc..), Peter Jackson's Middle-earth films, and the odd random film here and there. 

My point is, no matter what you think of the theatrical cut, should you see it, wait until we all see this 'final cut' Ridley Scott has mentioned before passing 'final judgement' on this film.

It could make it like it did Kingdom of Heaven, or like the case of Troy, no matter what you do it, the film could be terrible no matter what. 

1 comment:

Dan O. said...

Good review Jeffrey. For me, it was too much of a snoozer. And also, Scott didn't really seem to have anything interesting to add or say about this story.