A few weeks ago, I wrote about the demise of the bad movie. It used to be that, if a movie was big enough, loud enough, and shitty enough, we’d go see it anyway, because who doesn’t love a good trainwreck? But then, our options began to get a lot better, and now, we’re like: “Why would I pay $10 to go see a terrible movie for kicks when I could stay home and catch up on a something I might genuinely enjoy, like Master of None?”
Gods of Egypt is exactly the kind of movie that people used to turn out for $100-$150 million worth of tickets? It looks terrible, but bonkers terrible! It’s a swords-and-sandals movie with a sci-fi element! And Jamie Lannister has a eye patch. It’s like a mash-up of shitty tropes blended together into a soufflé of shit! It’s almost as though they were trying to make a Scary Movie parody of sci-fi and swords-and-sandles films.
And you know what? We get all the so-bad-its-good enjoyment we need out of the movie from the trailer all by itself. No need to experience the whole insufferable two hours!
And no, being a hilariously bad movie does not excuse the whitewashing.