Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.

Exodus: Gods and Kings

December 15th, 2014

I went to see Exodus with an open mind. I left feeling disappointed and wondering why Ridley Scott decided to make this movie. Other than spectacular visuals, use of CGI and gratuitous use 3-D, he don’t seem to care about anything else, such as Biblical truth. You will probably never see such detailed visuals of ancient buildings, slums of slaves, and huge ocean waves. The added effect of 3-D adds a lot to the powerful plague scenes.

Amazing, over-the-top visuals aside this is a classic example of poor movie making. When will filmmakers realize the main reason people watch films is for a story to be told and to relate to the characters involved? It’s not to watch scene after scene of meaningless special effects, as entertaining as they are! The story of Moses in the Bible is rich, amazing and epic. Unfortunately the story in this film is slow, lacks heart, but more importantly, completely betrays the Bible story.

That’s it! There is nothing more that I could appreciate other than I getting out of the house for awhile. Exodus felt empty, cheap with ficitious Moses and Ramses. Christian Bale’s acting was alright, but it’s nothing special. And in some scenes he seemed to have a British accent. That was just weird. Some scenes are memorable, and others down right laughable. There are many points Exodus is actually a bit boring, even if the visual effects are great. It’s hard to imagine the same man directed Gladiator. He should have stuck to fiction and not tried a classic Biblical story people are familiar with.

It’s like this, when you don’t tell the whole truthful story the characters involved are ultimately betrayed. The movie suffers from this particularly in the distortion of Moses’ relationship with God was idiotic – portraying God as an unwise brat. Ridley Scott would have done well to concentrate on staying true to the Bible and establishing a connection between the audience and the two central characters: God and Moses. Unfortunately we end up with a movie that is desperately trying to be epic in scale and visuals but somewhat confusing in it’s story and characters.

I just don’t understand how the director blindly spent so much of his budget on CGI technology without caring about the integrity of the story, character building and writing a decent script. All of which, together with the special effects, could have created a masterpiece. Instead the viewers had to be happy watching the magnificent sequence of millions of frogs jumping ancient buildings. Ridiculous! You’ve been warned.

Christmas: Angels

December 15th, 2014

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:20-21

The real meaning of angel is simply: messenger. It reminds us that Christmas is about the message. And it’s good news! And delivering the good news were powerful spiritual messengers whose very presence struck fear and awe into people. Their message transformed mankind forever.

What did Mary see when the angel Gabriel appeared to her? What was it like to look upon this spiritual messenger of God that came with words that would change the world forever? How would Joseph describe his encounter with the angel? In the days leading up to Jesus’ birth, supernatural appearances were occurring as never before.

This year, many of us would like to hear a personal message from God. However, we’ve already received the message, and it’s individually suited to each of us because it was sent to all of us. As the angel said to Joseph: “Jesus will save his people from their sins.” The angel’s message from that cold night continues to ring loud and clear. Centuries later it’s still as true as it was when first proclaimed. In this world so full of wonders, yet seized by sinful human nature, we’ve been given the gift of salvation as proclaimed by angels. Hallelujah!

Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.