Kontrol Logo in gold

Great Story, Horrible Casting– Gods of Egypt is a Cinematic Conundrum!

Great Story, Horrible Casting– Gods of Egypt is a Cinematic Conundrum!

The controversial Gods of Egypt has a story made of legends. Enter ancient Egypt, a seeming oasis  in the desert thanks to the Nile River and divine protection of the sun god, Ra. Egypt is ruled by  the just god, Osiris, Ra’s son, whereas the stinging desert is ruled by Set (Gerard Butler), another of Ra’s sons.


The time has come for Osiris to abdicate his throne and crown his son, Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), the god of the sky and air as ruler. Horus’s coronation is attended by all the gods and celebrated by all their worshipers. However, things take a turn for the worst when Set and his army arrive and take the throne by force. Set kills Osiris and then brutally beats Horus, plunging Egypt into dark days where the mortal populace is enslaved to reshape the nation in his image. All hope seems lost until a mortal man, Bek (Brenton Thwaites), determined to save the woman he loves allies himself with a broken Horus to save not only Egypt, but creation itself.


In mere hours Liongate’s Gods of Egypt will make its cinematic debut. This movie seems to have all the makings of a hit blockbuster with amazing special effects, historic source material, and a star studded cast. Herein lies the conundrum of the film. Although it boasts the name of an African country, and its ancient god, there are hardly any Black actors. In fact the film has made a token of its one Black cast mate, Chadwick Boseman, as the god of truth, Thoth.

151128124440-gods-of-egypt-exlarge-169      GODS-OF-EGYPT--1024x576

The story of the film is thoughtful, riveting, and entertaining but marred by a lack of diversity and the recognition that the Egyptians–past and present–are of African descent. Clearly, Lionsgate learned nothing from the debacle of last year’s Exodus: Gods and Kings film last year. The film estimated to gross a mere $15 million dollars in its opening weekend despite its $140 million dollar budget. This is a lesson to Hollywood. You can catch Gods of Egypt in theaters nationwide.


Share Post

Related Posts


Get inspiring fashion, beauty, food, and decor tips from Kontrol via email.

Subscribe to KONTROL

Subscribe To Kontrol  Magazine Today And Get A Full Year (6 Issues) Delivered Straight To Your Door

Subscribe To The Digital Edition And Receive Immediate Access To Our Entire Library

Kontrol Brides
Kontrol Side Menu
Add more content here...
SwimSuit Fashion Editorial For Kontrol Magazine Styled By Julian Lark For The Julian Rashard Group

Stay in the loop with the latest fashion trends, the best in beauty, celebrity news, and more.

Subscribe to Kontrol Magazine to receive weekly life-updates

Latest stories for you

Subscribe to receive weekly life-updates