Est. May 2008

18 December, 2014

The Petulant Child-God

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?

Well, it’s because for years and years and years, we’ve heard and read from theologians (liberal ones) that the God of the Old Testament is ‘so different’ than the God of the New Testament, it’s as if we’re looking at two different Gods entirely – something a guy named Marcion pushed way back in the Second Century AD.  It’s still a problem, as this article points out.

But this is only part of the problem.  Again, for years, we’ve heard and read militant anti-theists make the claim that the God of the Old Testament is an evil, unpredictable old bugger; spiteful, warlike, vicious, unjust, He goes ahead and punishes people who don’t do what He wants them to do.

In short, He acts like a spoiled little 11-year-old kid.

So why not portray Him exactly this way?  The director has come right out and stated he doesn’t believe Moses ever existed, he doesn’t believe in the miraculous, so why would he believe in the God of the Bible?

Well, perhaps he ought to, considering that Noah – by a different director, with different casting, but with the same just-barely-biblical basis for a story – flopped enormously at the box office, and considering this film currently is on track to lose at least as big as Noah did.

Actually, he doesn’t even have to believe – all he needs to do is stick to the source he claims to be using as a basis for his movies.

Food for thought.

Disclaimer: I haven’t seen either Noah or Exodus: God’s and Kings.  Based on the reviews, I probably won’t, unless they end up in the ‘under-ten-dollar’ bin at my local big-box store.

1 comment:

Debbie said...

Hubby and I just got back from watching the movie Exodus. It was fairly accurate until Moses goes up the mountain to the burning bush, then it nosedives after that. Not Biblical at all.

Ridley Scott dedicates the movie to his dead brother, which was rather strange. I think if I were going to dedicate something to someone, I would want it to be accurate.

Second, the script was written for them, all they had to so was go by the scripture, it was all there, a fantastic story all of which I believe is true.

My hubby and I were there correcting every wrong thing in it, there were not many in the theater either.

We made a point to read aloud together the entire account of Moses from the Bible again before we went to the theater, then when we came home we referred to it again to confirm a couple of questions we had.

I have no problem with the accents or with the skin tones, that is minor compared to the story.

Signorney Weaver had very few lines, and it is a good thing. If any accent was obnoxious, it was hers.

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