Film: Exodus: Gods and Kings

Don't worry, the finished film doesn't have badly done Photoshop in it.
Exodus: Gods and Kings is an Epic Film based on The Bible from director Ridley Scott. It stars Christian Bale as Moses, Joel Edgerton as Pharaoh Ramses II, with John Turturro and Sigourney Weaver as Ramses's parents Pharaoh Seti I and Queen Tuya, Aaron Paul as Joshua, and Ben Kingsley as Joshua's father Nun. It is produced by 20th Century Fox and scheduled to be released in December 2014.

This is the latest Hollywood epic based on the Moses story in the Book of Exodus, following The Ten Commandments and the animated The Prince of Egypt.

Trailer 1, Trailer 2, Trailer 3.

This film contains the following tropes:

  • 3-D Movie: Scott's second, after Prometheus.
  • Adaptational Badass: Moses seems to be getting this treatment, due to footage and publicity stills showing him leading armies and engaging in massive battles. This was very briefly touched on in The Ten Commandments as well.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Like The Ten Commandments and The Prince of Egypt, the film identifies the unnamed Pharaoh of the Exodus as Ramses II. Like The Prince of Egypt, the film puts Moses and Ramses in a brotherly relationship before events drive them apart.
  • Adapted Out: Moses doesn't have his iconic staff.
  • Advertised Extra: While Sigourney Weaver's part was fairly publicized before the release of the movie, she only appears in the film for about five minutes. Her role was most likely minimized in the theatrical cut of the movie.
  • Age Lift: Like The Prince of Egypt, Moses is substantially younger at the time of the Exodus than in the Book of Exodus, which says he was 80 years old when he first confronted the Pharaoh.
  • A God Am I: Ramses gets to thinking this way at one point.
    Ramses: I am a God. I AM A GOD!
  • Ancient Egypt: The setting.
  • Artistic License – History: The subject matter's historicity is already much debated so this is inevitable.
    • The identity of the Pharaoh(s) in Exodus is uncertain, but Ramses II (and his predecessor Seti) is a popular choice, cemented by The Ten Commandments.
    • While the Egyptians have chariots, they also have cavalry. In real life, their horses were too small to carry men, so they depended on chariots.
    • The Battle of Kadesh as depicted at the beginning of the film was very different in real life; the Hittite forces equipped several thousand chariots as well as the Egyptians, the battle was much less decisive than depicted in the movie (where the Egyptians completely rout the Hittites), and most importantly, was fought under Ramses, not Seti.
    • The Egyptians didn't have the technology to produce the rather delicate and fancy glassware the royal family is shown using.
    • If he were raised as a prince, Moses' head would have been kept shaved, as Rameses' is.
  • Badass Beard: Moses sports one. It's Christian Bale's natural facial hair since he stipulated "no fake beards" in his contract.
  • Bible Times: Naturally.
  • Big Bad: Pharaoh Rameses.
  • Big Badass Battle Sequence: Early in the film, Moses and Ramses fight in the Battle of Kadesh against the Hittites. In real life, Ramses fought the battle when he was already Pharaoh.
  • The Chosen One: During the second trailer, Nun mentions to Moses that he's this to lead the Jews from their oppression, according to a prophecy made before his birth. The Exodus account doesn't mention such a prophecy but it shows up in The Antiquities of the Jews by Flavius Josephus. The Ten Commandments also refers to this prophecy.
  • Cool Sword: Seti gives Ramses and Moses swords inscribed with their names, but switches them so that they will be reminded to protect each other.
  • Creepy Child: God, of all people (or possibly the Angel talking for him), appears to Moses as one.
  • Demythtification: The film offers naturalistic explanations for some of the supernatural events in the Exodus account, though it "doesn’t completely shy away from the miraculous".
    • When the plagues occur, one such servant to Ramses tries his best to come up with rational explanations for the phenomena - most of which actually make quite a bit of sense. The only plague which can't be explained by such means is the death of the firstborn.
    • The "parting of the Red Sea" is caused by the water receding due to a tsunami, which hits the pursuing Egyptians. Still, it's just at the right time for the Israelites.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Ramses crosses it after his firstborn son dies.
    • His wife Nefertari also suffers from it, as well as Sanity Slippage, as she silently and repeatedly rocks an empty cradle.
  • Epic Film: To be expected, given the source material and director.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Though Ramses condones the horrible conditions for slaves, he is a loving brother, husband, and father.
  • Everyone Has Standards: While Moses agrees to work with God to free his people, he sees God's plan for the tenth plague as being too extreme.
  • Good Is Not Nice: God is not nice. But given that this is the God of the Old Testament, it's not too surprising. He certainly does care for the Hebrews and wants Moses to lead them, but he continuously and condescendingly questions the leader of the exodus.
  • Goo Goo Godlike: God (or rather, the Angel speaking for God) is portrayed as a child, though the Burning Bush still appears.
  • Hypocrite: After God killed all the egyptian children, Ramses confronts Moses and calls him out for worshipping a child-murdering God. He should technically be right, but his argument loses weight when he threatened to do exactly the same thing to the Hebrews the day before, right after insisting he was himself a god.
  • Large Ham: In addition to Ramses chewing some hog in the quote above A God Am I, Moses gets to really let loose as well, especially towards God.
    Moses: IS THIS MEANT TO HUMBLE ME?! BECAUSE IT WILL NOT!
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane:
    • The encounter with the Burning Bush happens after Moses wakes up after hitting his head during a landslide, so his wife thinks he was just dazed.
    • Only Moses can see God, so when other people see Moses talking to God, to them it looks like he's talking to air.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Like the previous adaptations of Exodus, the film identifies the unnamed Pharaoh(s) as Ramses II (and Seti).
  • Our Angels Are Different: When Moses sees the Burning Bush, there's also a child who speaks God's lines. In the credits he's named "Malak" after the Hebrew word for "messenger", later translated in Greek as "angelos" (and thus English "angel") which also means messenger.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: The film pretty much portrays God as one; he appears as a small boy, and Moses becomes quite disillusioned with the extent of the misery he visits on the Egyptians. And he never does get around to answering Moses' question of why he waited so long to do anything.
  • Race Lift: Most prominent characters are being played by, you guessed it, white people, not actual Hebrews or Egyptians. Even Ben Kingsley is Indian.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: As the waters of the Red Sea return, Ramses' chariots break off pursuit and try to get back to shore. They don't make it.
  • Shout-Out: When Moses returns to Pithom, he is introduced to his brother Aaron, who he then introduces his son to Moses. He then declares to his son that his "famous" uncle was once a Prince of Egypt.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: The Pharaoh, Ramses, inexplicably makes it to the shore after being hit by the blunt of the Red Sea's wave, but isn't a Karma Houdini because he knows that his arrogance and vengeance have cost him everything.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Ridley Scott's earlier historical epic, Gladiator.
  • Sword And Sandal: Moses fights in the Egyptian army as an officer.
  • Tempting Fate: Whilst Ramses is praying to his Gods, he hears a noise and believes it to be Moses hiding in the shadows. He threatens to unleash his own "plague" by slaughtering many Hebrews in retaliation for the plagues that have beset upon Memphis, and challenges who is better in killing: Him or his God. Seeing as to how he says this before the final plague... God Wins, Flawless Victory!
  • Villainous Breakdown: The "I AM A GOD!" scene comes after nine of the ten plagues hit Memphis, at which point Ramses has lost his shit.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • God and Moses engage in these kinds of conversations most of the time they speak with one another. It makes quite a bit of sense when you note that the Israelites are "those who wrestle with God" (as pointed out in the film).
    • Two men mistaking you for a slave? kill them You are exiled, in the middle of the desert, your horse died and you have two men saying they came to see you? kill them. He even takes their horses afterwards. Although this is explained afterwards as them being assassins.
  • You Have Failed Me: Ramses hangs a wise man for not solving the plagues. Later he also does the same to the High Priestess.