I meant to post the latest Gods Of Egypt trailer yesterday. I didn’t because I haven’t gotten around to changing my iMac’s hard drive–I don’t own any Torx screwdrivers, though I intend to remedy that over the weekend.
As a result this is my first post made entirely on an iPad. From images to video, it’s all assembled with the (free) WordPress application.
And while the controls don’t feel as precise as I am accustomed to dealing with, it does the job admirably.
As I’ve said before, Alex Proyas is a talented director, but as far as I am concerned there’s nothing about this trailer that makes me want to see Gods Of Egypt.
And that’s not to say that the visuals, though a bit gaudy at times, aren’t up to snuff because we’re talking about Alex Proyas here, who’s other movies (The Crow, Dark City, I Robot) also tended to be effects-heavy.
Never mind white-washed Egypt (my intent is not to minimize diversity behind and in front of the camera, though there are far more knowledgable people writing about that very thing) more so than a narrative that appears to be one we have seen before: a young person faces near-insurmountable odds in an effort to stop an evil from taking over the world.
It’s a story older than Star Wars because it works, though the key to using such a well-worn trope effectively is that people can’t immediately know that what you’re throwing at them they have seen–in one form or another–hundreds, if not thousands of times prior.
And that’s where Gods Of Egypt falls short: Despite that it’s not yet been released in theaters, it already feels too familiar.