You may have heard that the move Gods of Egypt is insultingly insensitive to racial issues, and has a Dane and a Scotsman playing Egyptian Gods without any sense of shame about it. You may have heard that it’s just a stupid movie with no clear sense of plot and an over-reliance on CGI gimmicks that aren’t impressive anymore. You may also have heard that it’s bombing big time at the Box Office, perhaps because the people who might have seen it have also heard one of those two other things about it. Director Alex Proyas begs to differ, though. You see, the problem with Gods of Egypt is not the stunningly oblivious casting or the fact that lots of CGI isn’t enough to get butts in the seats anymore, it’s all the fault of critics trying to make themselves look good by insulting his movie. Here’s his full Facebook post, just in case that link doesn’t work at some point:
NOTHING CONFIRMS RAMPANT STUPIDITY FASTER… Than reading reviews of my own movies. I usually try to avoid the experience - but this one takes the cake. Often, to my great amusement, a critic will mention my past films in glowing terms, when at the time those same films were savaged, as if to highlight the critic’s flawed belief of my descent into mediocrity. You see, my dear fellow FBookers, I have rarely gotten great reviews… on any of my movies, apart from those by reviewers who think for themselves and make up their own opinions. Sadly those type of reviewers are nearly all dead. Good reviews often come many years after the movie has opened. I guess I have the knack of rubbing reviewers the wrong way - always have. This time of course they have bigger axes to grind - they can rip into my movie while trying to make their mainly pale asses look so politically correct by screaming “white-wash!!!” like the deranged idiots they all are. They fail to understand, or chose to pretend to not understand what this movie is, so as to serve some bizarre consensus of opinion which has nothing to do with the movie at all. That’s ok, this modern age of texting will probably make them go the way of the dinosaur or the newspaper shortly - don’t movie-goers text their friends with what they thought of a movie? Seems most critics spend their time trying to work out what most people will want to hear. How do you do that? Why these days it is so easy… just surf the net to read other reviews or what bloggers are saying - no matter how misguided an opinion of a movie might be before it actually comes out. Lock a critic in a room with a movie no one has even seen and they will not know what to make of it. Because contrary to what a critic should probably be they have no personal taste or opinion, because they are basing their views on the status quo. None of them are brave enough to say “well I like it” if it goes against consensus. Therefore they are less than worthless. Now that anyone can post their opinion about anything from a movie to a pair of shoes to a hamburger, what value do they have - nothing. Roger Ebert wasn’t bad. He was a true film lover at least, a failed film-maker, which gave him a great deal of insight. His passion for film was contagious and he shared this with his fans. He loved films and his contribution to cinema as a result was positive. Now we have a pack of diseased vultures pecking at the bones of a dying carcass. Trying to peck to the rhythm of the consensus. I applaud any film-goer who values their own opinion enough to not base it on what the pack-mentality say is good or bad.
I don’t blame him for believing in his own movie. This man would have been with the film in pre-production, filming, and post-production, and to look at months and months of hard work and long days and everything that goes into making a feature film like this and saying “that was a complete and total waste of everyone’s time, and a bad idea from the start” is likely beyond the mental strength of almost anyone. But there’s a lot of ground between “disavowing your own hard work” and “calling critics ‘a pack of diseased vultures pecking at the bones of a dying carcass.’” We should all keep that in mind the next the the siren call of a scathing social media post crosses our paths.