Son of God was a pious effort, but artistically it never rose above its television roots. As for Noah, it was a fascinating artistic interpretation of various flood stories from different cultures, one that explored some interesting ideas, yet sadly it inevitably reached some wrong conclusions about the nature of God.
Exodus: Gods and Kings on the other hand, isn’t exploring anything. It’s already made up its mind about its Biblical source material, and what it thinks isn’t very flattering. Every step of the way, it feels as if Scott is saying, “Yes, I’m telling a story from the Bible, but just to be clear, don’t think for a moment I believe anything good about it.” The man just keeps making movies disparaging religion. It makes you wonder if he’s ever taken the time to question why it is a subject he supposedly dislikes so much keeps drawing him back to it again and again.
In a world he didn’t create, in a time he didn’t choose, one man looks for signs of God in the world by… watching movies. When he’s not reviewing new releases for Aleteia, David Ivesspends his time exploring the intersection of low-budget/cult cinema and Catholicism at The B-Movie Catechism.