Gods of Egypt Parent Guide
If you can sit through the many battles and occasional sexual content, you will find some examples of forgiveness, sacrifice, self-improvement and courage.
Parent Movie Review
The first question I had on my mind after exiting Gods of Egypt is how did someone manage to get $140 million dollars to make this movie? That’s not to say it’s a waste of your time, but it is a throwaway film—albeit a good throwaway. Kind of like those high-priced paper plates you buy for your grandmother’s birthday party, which are lavishly decorated for their one moment on display—prior to being covered up with a slump of Jell-O salad.
So what did director Alex Proyas do with this cash? First he pulled in some big name actors and cleavage-baring actresses—a staple of the swords and sandals genre. (His decision to portray Egyptians with an all-white cast did attract the wrath of some critics.) Next he purchased digital effects in a bulk pack so he could paint every scene with an ostentatious display of an outlandish ancient world where oversized gods with gold in their veins walk amidst the smaller mortals. Then, surprisingly, he added a bit of a plot.
The story is about two gods, Set (Gerard Butler) and Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), who are vying for their right to rule on Earth. Set is the one we don’t want to win. His hubris extends to even attempting to dethrone his own father (Geoffrey Rush)—the sun god Ra who rules in the heavens above aboard what appears to be a spaceship?!
The hero Horus has some foibles too. Usually drunk and disorderly, he is forced to grow up and behave more god-like when his kingdom, girlfriend (the goddess of love played by Elodie Yung) and eyesight are ripped away (there is a disturbing scene where Set plucks out Horus’ eyes). But getting his power and position back will require the disgraced god to humble himself enough to rely on the help of a disrespectful mortal (Brenton Thwaites) named Bek. Although the young man’s most valuable asset is his prowess as a thief, his deep affection for his sweetheart (Courtney Eaton) and determination to be reunited with her proves to be an inspiration to the struggling, self-centered Horus.
If you go into Gods of Egypt expecting little, you’ll be more likely to enjoy the outcome. If nothing else, it is amazing to simply look at. And somewhere amid the many battles and lengthy confrontations are examples of forgiveness, sacrifice, self-improvement and courage that are worth emulating.
Of course to find these valuable nuggets you’ll have to sift through depictions of fantastical beings and creatures engaged in hand-to-hand fighting, stabbings and impaling. There are also portrayals of dismemberment and decapitation. However the blood effects are mostly limited to the members of deity who bleed copious amounts of gold as they lie dying. As well, the script includes sexual innuendo and a bedroom scene with a topless man and woman (explicit details are avoided with deft camera angles).
Hardly “must see” cinema, Gods of Egypt‘s visual preeminence is best appreciated on a big screen. And because it wasn’t your $140 million that went into making this production, the price of admission may be worth a fun “popcorn matinee” experience with your older kids.Directed by Alex Proyas. Starring Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites, Courtney Eaton, Elodie Yung.. Running time: 127 minutes. Theatrical release February 26, 2016. Updated July 17, 2017
Gods of Egypt
Rating & Content Info
Why is Gods of Egypt rated PG? Gods of Egypt is rated PG by the MPAA for fantasy violence and action, and some sexuality.
Violence:Like sand in the desert, this screenplay is full of portrayals of non-graphic violence including hand-to-hand confrontations, sword and spear fighting, stabbings, strangulation and impaling. Characters are in constant peril and many scenes contain frightening images. One character is decapitated, another’s leg is dismembered and a woman is shot in the breast with an arrow. A god has her wings cut off. Many deaths and murders are shown and implied. Some characters fall from heights to their deaths. Much property damage occurs. Characters transform into fantastical creatures with extraordinary powers and then battle other equally spectacular monsters. Large snakes breathe fire and threaten characters. Characters must pass through booby-traps and unravel mysteries that are impossible to the point of ridiculous. Body parts, like eyes, a heart and a brain are pulled out of living characters—the depiction is stylized so no gore is shown. Gods bleed gold instead of blood. Characters lie and steal for their own gain and to manipulate others. Thievery is glamorized. Living characters interact with the dead in the afterworld, some of whom look like decaying corpses. Slavery is depicted, death threats are discussed and suicide is mentioned.
Sexual Content: The script contains some sexual references and innuendo. Adultery, fornication and infidelity are implied. Couples kiss. A woman fondles a man’s bare chest. A man and woman embrace and kiss passionately, and are later shown naked in bed: All nudity is carefully shot to avoid showing any private body parts. A woman’s silhouette is seen while she is changing her clothes. All of the female characters wear revealing costumes.
Language: Mild cursing and anatomical slang are used.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Several characters are depicted as hung over and it is implied that a main character frequently drinks to excess. Alcohol is consumed at social events.
Page last updated July 17, 2017
Gods of Egypt Parents' Guide
Each of the three gods who tries to rule over the mortals exacts a different price for mankind to enter the afterlife. One declares it should be free to all, another that it should be bought, and another that it should be earned. Do you believe in life after death? If so, what do you think you must do during mortality to earn happiness there?
Both Horus and Bek use dishonesty to try to reach their goals. Do you think their means justifies their ends? How does the goddess of love also excuse her behavior because of her true motives? What events eventually cause them to become more concerned about the needs of others than the needs of themselves?
The most recent home video release of Gods of Egypt movie is May 31, 2016. Here are some details…
Home Video Notes: God’s of Egypt
Release Date: 31 May 2016
God’s of Egypt releases to home video (Blu-ray/Digital Copy, Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy or Steelbook: Blu-ray/Digital Copy) with the following special features:
- Deleted Storyboards
- A Divine Vision: Creating a Cinematic Action Fantasy
- Of Gods and Mortals: The Cast
- Transformation: Costume, Make-up & Hair
- On Location: Shooting in Australia
- The Battle for Eternity: Stunts
- A Window into Another World: Visual Effects