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Thus saith the Lord

"With this staff, you shall do my wonders..."
  • Many, but the whale shark scene is one of the first that comes to mind.
  • From the very first scene, the camera pulls back to reveal the stone head of pharaoh being pulled by hundreds of animated Hebrews. At that moment, you know this is going to be an Epic Movie.
  • The plagues is one. Not only is it Laser-Guided Karma for an entire culture of abusive slavers, but God lets loose with His full power. And there is not a thing the Egyptians can do to stop Him. The climax would be the scene where God kills all of the firstborns of Egypt—including Rameses' own son, which is finally what breaks Rameses and causes him to free the Hebrews.
    • A little digging into Egyptian beliefs brings out a new level to this. God isn't just using generic plagues to attack the Egyptians. He is mocking the Egyptian gods in the process, who tended to be patterned after animals, as well as the concept of Pharaoh being a god himself since this entire time he is powerless. Essentially, He is breaking the Egyptians by saying "See how your gods tremble before me?" in addition to suffering.
      • Their gods don't just tremble; they flee. He has full authority and power, and the various Egyptian gods can't do a damn thing to stop Him. Here's a brief breakdown of how every single prodigy before the Exodus hit Egyptian beliefs and their very way of life:
      • The staff-to-cobra transformation caused such a panic because it's a symbol of two goddesses: Meretseger, the guardian of the royal tombs, and, most importantly, Wadjet, the symbol of the royal power of life and death (hence why the pharaohs and a few other members of the royal family wore a stylised cobra on their heads). That's also why Hotep and Huy could pull it: they are the court mages, playing with cobras is part of their job. Not only that, but Moses' staff-turned-snake manages to consume the other two cobras whole;
      • The First Plague, transforming the Nile in a river of blood, is a mockery of a good omen: the Nile would become red once per year, filled with the fertile silt that the incoming flood would deposit on the earth. And yet, this time not only the red waters appeared at the wrong time of the year and brought no silt, but they also caused the death of all the fish of Egypt. And comes to think, silt is probably how Hotep and Huy 'replicated' the trick on smaller scale';
      • The Second Plague, the frogs overrunning Egypt, continues the mockery of a good omen: the frog is a symbol of fertility and the god Hapy, a personification of the flooding of the Nile and its fertile silt, and smaller 'invasions' of frogs would come right after the flooding;
      • The Third and Fourth Plagues, the mosquitoes and the fleas, are a direct consequence of the end of the Second: there were no frogs to eat them anymore. What's worse, the Egyptians were used to dealing with them, but this time there were too many;
      • The Fifth Plague, the disease of the livestock, hits a soft point of the Egyptian believes: the cult of Apis, intermediary between men and gods, with a living incarnation as a bull (the Egyptians also built graves for these bulls). Because now Moses is the intermediary, Apis dies, and no other bull with the proper markings shall be found;
      • The Sixth Plague, the boils, hits particularly hard: boils and other illnesses fall under the dominion of Thoth, the God of Science and Knowledge, Medicine and, what's worse, the Arbitrator of the Gods, who would bring justice and properly administer the law. Between the epidemics and the priests having no knowledge on how to cure this, this one is a warning that Egypt has brought itself outside of the law of Maat, its greatest moral value;
      • The Seventh Plague, the storm of hail and fire, is personal for the Pharaoh and the royal family: storms are the dominion of Seth. In this time not only is Seth not yet demonized (that would happen only from the Twenty-First dynasty, and the names of the Pharaohs indicate the Nineteenth), but it's one of the most important gods, with Rameses's own father being named after him and the current capital of Pi-Ramses (cited by name in the Bible as the starting point of the Exodus) is a center of Seth's worship. Ouch...;
      • The Eighth Plague, the locusts, is pure nightmare: while in small numbers they were considered symbols of luck alongside grasshoppers, in large numbers they were rightly feared, and by being brought by the wind this plague entered the dominion of one of the most important gods, Amon;
      • The Ninth Plague, the Darkness, is again personal with the Pharaoh and his family: not only the authority of the Pharaoh is associated with the Sun God Ra and the Sky God Horus, but the reigning Pharaoh is Rameses, meaning "Born from Ra". A message of paternal and divine rejection?;
      • The Tenth Plague is linked to a specific Egyptian myth, the Eye of Ra. In that myth, the men had disrespected Ra and planned to rebel and kill him, so he sent his Eye (identified with either the war goddess Sekhmet or the gentle Hathor Depending on the Version) to punish them with a slaughter... And in one day she killed half of mankind, all the guilty and many innocents, and to stop her from finishing the job, the gods had to get her drunk. The message here is: "Let My people go, for if you continue to sin all of Egypt shall die in a heartbeat". No wonder Rameses finally relented...
      • And the worst part of it all? It's during the day one of the most important parts of the Egyptian Mythology is how Ra governs during the day, and when night falls he fights against Apophis, so that he won't consume the world, this isn't even remotely subtle from God's part, he is directly saying "your greatest protector is nothing compared to Me"
      • Furthermore, at the end of the Final Plague, when the Angel of Death and/or souls of the dead firstborn dissipate into the sky, the constellation we know as Orion is shown prominently in the night sky. To ancient Egyptians, that constellation was associated with Osiris, their god of life and death and judge of the underworld. That is The Hebrew God's final assault on the gods of Khem: He declares "Even Life itself is mine and mine alone to give and rescind." An alternate way to interpret it? Osiris is the Angel of Death, and The Hebrew God's message to the ancient Egyptians is that their god is taking their firstborn on His behalf.
  • The entire burning bush scene, especially when God comforts Moses and says that he will smite Egypt with all My wonders. The music, the effects, everything about this scene sends chills every time.
    • And afterward when Moses runs back to Zipporah to tell her what happened. No dialog at all for a full 30 seconds, but the joy of one man telling of his experience of God is conveyed utterly and emotionally all in that wonderful music and the way Moses moves to tell the story of his new divine calling. Just Hans Zimmer's sweeping score and Moses telling what happened through gesture.
  • The parting of the Red Sea is a Moment of Awesome for both Moses and the animation studio.
    • And just before it, the Pillar of Fire. Which has the audacity to make its appearance by erupting up from underwater. It's just kind of awesome that after throwing all those natural disasters at the Egyptians, God's response to them still coming after His people to show his wrath in the most dramatic way possible.
      • Take note of Moses's expression when the Pillar of Fire erupts out of the Red Sea. Even after all he's seen, from the Burning Bush to the ten plagues, his face is still full of shock, terror, and absolute awe.
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    • Ramses gets one in this scene as well. This is the same God that has devastated his people, destroyed his empire and killed his son. And now this god is directly attacking him with a pillar of flame. How does Ramses respond? By trying to outmaneuver Him by running around the fire wall.
  • While it's pretty scary, the entire sequence of the first 9 plagues, along with the amazing musical number, featuring a Dark Reprise of the song "All I Ever Wanted," is nothing more than awesome, even if it is one of the scariest things God has done since leveling Sodom and Gomorrah. The song itself is great, especially the lyrics, such as "I sent my scourge! I sent my sword! Thus saith the Lord!" The 10th plague though...
    • Pretty much every musical number doubles as this.
  • The entire When You Believe piece. It starts out as a single voice, joined by another, then a small group, until finally the entire nation is singing praises to their God for liberating them from slavery.
  • In spite of it brimming with arrogance, and being the closest thing the movie has to a Villain Song, Playing With The Big Boys Now is a very impressive musical number, whether its the truly intimidating backing track that combines darkly building chords with the names of the Egyptian pantheon, or the admittedly impressive showmanship of Hotep and Huy.
  • The animation in this movie is flawless, not just in its appearance but in its implementation, with every scene being framed perfectly. The direction of this movie is masterful.
  • Speaking of the animation, there are several moments where there is CG included in parts of the film, including the chariot scene, several of the plagues, and even the Burning Bush. Both first-time and hardcore viewers don't notice this unless they view the Behind the Scenes for the film. Yes, Dreamworks combined both 3D and 2D animation into their film and successfully pulled it off.
  • Tzipporah openly biting the hand of a prince of Egypt! Why is this badass? Because she probably knew that doing so could get her beaten or killed, but she does anyway because she's a woman who won't take crap from anyone! Including a prince.
    • Then, how she was able to escape with no one detecting her (except Moses).
  • When Moses looked like he was going to be injured by Ramses's armed guards, Tzipporah immediately moved to stop them (or at least try to get Moses out of the situation). Aaron stopped her for a few seconds to keep her from getting hurt, but she broke free quickly and continued to run. However, the first plague (turning the river into blood) stopped any violence from occurring at that time.
  • Miriam is a Hebrew slave, somebody with zero power or agency. Yet she is able to channel the only resource she has — her faith (and not just the spiritual kind) — and uses it not only to rise above the despair of her own situation, but she also uses it to push her brother into liberating an entire people. She constantly lifts everyone else's spirits, no matter how badly they treat her. She is Moses' first supporter, the only one who has never doubted him or his mission, and often it seems her unshakeable belief in her brother is what keeps Moses from giving up. No wonder he pulled her aside and thanked her at the end of the movie.
    • And she does it all without being fanservice or somebody's love interest. Which is pretty rare for an animated heroine.
  • A small moment that is still a nice touch from the animators; when God, through Moses, turns the Nile to blood, the whole river runs red...except for a small clear circle right where Moses is standing.
  • Yocheved. While she didn't have a major crowning moment, her Mama Bear instinct to save her youngest child (Moses) from death is not only beautifully heartwarming, but pure awesome.
  • Another moment from the burning bush scene is when Moses repeatedly questions God and doubts that he can do what He wants. God decides to persuade him via a Badass Boast.
  • One for the writers: the entire character of Tzipporah, and her and Moses's relationship. What could have easily been a Romantic Plot Tumor is instead handled with maturity and excellent Character Development. Tzipporah doesn't even start giving Moses a second thought until he openly declares that he's "done nothing in his life worth honoring." That's when she realizes he has the power to change—and the movie, unlike so many others, makes it clear that it's him that needs changing, rather than Tzipporah needing to tone done her outspoken nature. She comes to love him over a period of months, if not years (we don't know how much time passes during "Through Heaven's Eyes"), and only after he's proven himself with hard work and compassion for others, two qualities he was sorely lacking before. In the end, the two have fallen genuinely in love, and the result is a strong, beautiful depiction of a fair, balanced, equal marriage.
  • How Miriam convinces Moses that he is her brother. She sings Yocheved's last lullaby, her voice nearly breaking with the weight of her conviction, love, and sorrow. In the span of 20 seconds, Miriam unmakes Moses' Egyptian identity, proving to him that her tear-stricken face is too familiar, too similar to the first face he ever saw...
  • Rooting for the Empire and Draco in Leather Pants to the nth degree? Yes. But the fact that after being on the receiving end of the most devastating plagues, famine, and some of the worst natural disasters ever known to man and having his Gods being humiliated right in front of his eyes by a far stronger God that went after him and his people directly, not to mention losing all of his workforce in a single day, Rameses II went on to become the single most successful pharaoh in Egyptian history, his battles, conquests and accomplishments being usually credited to bringing the Egyptian empire to its highest, most stable point, says not only tons about his personal resilience, fortitude and leadership skills, but is also nothing short of a miracle that he pulled it off. note 


  • In a meta sense, the fact that the film is honest from the start about its artistic license to the original text.
    • While at the same time they tell you that they really did their research; interviewing dozens of religious scholars from three different faith groups in order to portray the events as best as possible.
    • The result is so accurate, and so respectful, that the movie is widely regarded as a better representation of the story than The Ten Commandments .
  • A smaller one: while it's usually a bad idea to read YouTube comments, the ones featured on clips from the film are almost universally positive. Viewers of all belief systems, including atheists, all openly talk about their respect and love for the movie, and even seem to have an unspoken agreement not to let the comments section devolve into arguing and fights. Any movie that can tame the Internet must be doing something right.
  • You have to give credit to the late Ofra Haza, who played Moses' mother. However small her role was, she went on to play that same role in 18 languages. Most wouldn't mind hopping over to one country for the foreign translation. She did so for 16 other countries, and her speech was spot-on for nearly every single one.
  • The fact that the film doesn’t portray the characters as being white or having European features, unlike certain other tellings of the story...


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