Reviews of the latest ‘biblical’ movie, Exodus: Gods and Kings, are out, and by and large they are, shall we say, unflattering to the film. Much like the movie Noah, this film, the director, and the actors are being taken to task for misrepresenting the biblical story they are professing to use as their base. It almost seems as though, since The Passion of the Christ, ‘biblical’ movies ought to carry a warning label: ‘This film barely based on the Bible’.
There seem to be plenty of problems with this movie: skin-tone of the actors; accents of the actors; Moses’ actions and motivation; and so on. But the one problem that pops up in every review I’ve read has been the casting of an 11-year-old boy to play the part of God. This young actor’s part has been described with various adjectives, all seeming to boil down to describing God as a petulant, angry, selfish kid who, when things don’t go His way, pitches a fit – and people die.
Why doesn’t this kind of depiction surprise me?