Exodus: Gods and Kings

This morning as I was reading the latest post on the Egypt at Manchester blog, I came across interesting observations on Ridley Scott’s extravagant Egyptian production, Exodus: Gods and Kings. The post looks at the portrayal of ancient Egypt in this particular movie and ‘the myth of authenticity.’

Generally, I watch movies set in ancient Egypt as well as films dealing with museums or archaeology because people inevitably ask me what I think about them.  However, I could not bring myself to actually pay money to see this latest incarnation of the Moses/Exodus story. (Plus, I’m not a fan of Christian Bale to start with… anyway.) As I read Kristin’s post, I felt I hadn’t missed much… and probably avoided giving myself a concussion from banging my head on the wall in Egyptological dismay. My own observations, had I seen the movie, would undoubtedly have been similar to hers.

Exodus: Gods and Kings and the myth of authenticity was posted on David Bordwell’s website on cinema.  Read it clicking on the blue link.

Night at the (British) Museum

Today I went to see the latest Night at the Museum movie. Considering that some scenes takes place at the British Museum, I thought it a fitting Boxing Day celebration (a holiday in the UK, which is also celebrated in Canada and other Commonwealth countries but not in the US). I wanted to see what they had done with the galleries and the collections—the ones in which they had actually filmed, such as the Great Court and the Parthenon Galleries (the other rooms you see are imaginary galleries filmed on a special set in Vancouver).

The movie was entertaining and the kids in the audience clearly enjoyed it. I did too. What I thought was most hilarious was when Larry, Teddy and the others burst into the Great Court with Ben Stiller saying, “Hurry, we have get to the Egyptian galleries’ (something to that effect). I giggled at this… because they had just exited from the door leading to the real Egyptian sculpture galleries!

There is a great blog post about this on the British Museum website, which is what I wanted to share with you today: Night at the (British) Museum, which offers great bits of information about the movie and the BM scenes. Just click on the above link and enjoy!