7 comments on “Exodus: According to Ridley Scott

  1. Interesting take on it. I too think the omissions are the films biggest problem. But I think that the film does hang on to the general focus of the scriptures. I also didn’t read Moses as crazy. To me Moses was delirious when his wife found him because he was caught in the landslide and shocked by what he had seen. I think his appearance was so worn upon returning to Egypt because of the long, arduous journey he had been on. I thought others didn’t see God speaking to Moses because God didn’t intend them to.

    As for the child, I didn’t see the child as God but as a messenger – the mouthpiece of God. That said I really didn’t get the significance of it.

    Sadly I think we have reached a point where we will never see a by the Good Book movie and if you do critics will hammer it. I question that in my review of it. As a result filmmakers either radical alter the material or simply omit tons of things. I did feel Exodus maintained a level of respect for the source material. Much more so than an offensive and downright dopey film like Noah.

    • Thanks for the comment Keith, and the opportunity to discuss!

      Yeah, I can see what you’re saying with regard to Moses’ sanity. I’ll tell you where I’m getting that from: Throughout the film there’s an ongoing question about whether Moses is really talking to God. It starts with Zipporah’s questioning Moses about whether he really heard from God when he’s delirious; but she does it again when he’s about to leave her. She asks what kind of God would send Moses away. She’s even ready to denounce her faith (although she recants later) if Moses would stay with her. That furthers the question of whether Moses really did see God or just knocked his head really hard. As I mentioned Joshua witnesses Moses talking to thin air (the biblical model is not one of total invisibility for other witnesses) and Moses even questions his own commands to Nun. In an interview Christian Bale said that he believed Moses was schizophrenic; and I think that’s what he’s drawing from in the latter part of the film.

      I think you’re right about critics hammering an interpretation that stays true to the biblical text. But, then again, movies like The Passion of the Christ (as I mentioned in the review), that do stay true to the text, can be made in spite of critical backlash. We just need more like the Passion!

      Thanks again for the comments! I’d love to check out your review as well!

      • The Passion was unique (in a very good way). It did tend to pull from one very particular prespective within the Faith, but overall it was much more dedicated to Scripture than anything we have seen in recent years.

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