A week ago today Director Ridley Scott released his latest cinematic creation – Exodus: Gods and Kings – starring actor Christian Bale. When I heard about the coming release of the movie I was immediately intrigued by the release of another movie based on the Bible. Yet, I found myself contemplating whether or not I wanted to spend the money on a ticket or wait until it found its way to my local Redbox. My contemplation was brought to a sudden end when a friend offered to buy me a ticket to watch the movie this week. Of course, I went because I wanted to see the movie and FREE is always a good price for me.
After watching the over two hour flick, I have a few thoughts that I would like to share for those of you who are on the fence about whether to go now or wait for the DVD to arrive at your nearest Redbox. So, here are a few of my thoughts…
- It was an entertaining movie. The movie had great CG and great actors giving solid performances. From strictly an entertainment perspective, this movie is an epic in every way. Christian gives a great performance as do all the other actors in the cast. I not once felt like the movie was boring, which is a rarity for my ADD self.
- It was a movie not the Bible. When I opened the doors to the theater and walked in, I was not under the impression that I was walking into a church service or was opening God’s word to read it. I knew that I was walking into a theater to watch a movie. As a follower of Jesus, I will never allow a movie – no matter how well it tracks the biblical narrative – to stand as authoritative in my life. It’s just a movie.
- It was directed by a man who by his own admission doesn’t believe God exists. Ridley Scott believes in science over God and biblical truth. Therefore, many parts of the story reflected his opinions about miracles and God in general. This is something to keep in mind when watching the movie.
So, should you stay or should you go now?
I think every follower of Jesus who is interested in the movie should watch the movie. However, I would first recommend that you read the story of Moses first. You can find his story (at least the part they told in the movie) in Exodus 1-20. Also, I think it would be good to discuss the movie with others to see what they thought about how it lines up with the biblical account.
On a personal note, I am planning on watch the movie with our boys (when they are old enough) to talk about how the movie lines up with the real story. I am hoping it will create a great teaching moment about how to discern truth and lean into God’s truth.
If you have seen the movie, I would love for you to comment here on this post and share your impressions and thoughts about the movie.