24.9 C
Byron Shire
January 25, 2022

Exodus: Gods And Kings

Latest News

Lennox Head forge ahead across four grades in local cricket

Local cricket is approaching the midway point of the 2021–22 season and sees Lennox Head playing strongly across all four senior grades.

Other News

Sunrise paddler with Rainbow Dragons offers new era for seasoned campaigner

Former long-distance paddling champion Brooke Harris has found new sporting life with the Rainbow Dragons and likes to take advantage of the new 6am Sunrise session in Ballina.

Lennox Head forge ahead across four grades in local cricket

Local cricket is approaching the midway point of the 2021–22 season and sees Lennox Head playing strongly across all four senior grades.

How two local farmers’ markets are supporting young farmers

With everyone talking about the empty shelves in the supermarkets at the moment, it’s reassuring to know we have...

Localisation shines as supply chains weaken

While Coles and Woolworths struggle with supply chain issues caused by the Omicron outbreak, local farmer’s markets and independent food retailers appear to be coming into their own.

Free Skills for Recovery course available

Byron Community College say they have received NSW Government funding as part of the Skills for Recovery initiative.

Food for thought?

‘The fundamental cause of the trouble,’ he wrote, ‘is that in the modern world, the stupid are cocksure while...

There are some stunning visual effects in Ridley Scott’s latest blockbuster/bumbreaker, but perhaps the most impressive of all is how, as Moses, Christian Bale manages to morph into Charlton Heston, albeit with a whispered and barely intelligible enunciation.

The casting in general is shonky in the extreme – John Turturro as King Seti flounces around like a haberdasher in after-hours drag; Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad, in the part of Joshua, is in a state of constant bewilderment and looking like he needs a hit of meth (I half expected him at any minute to address Moses as Mister White); Joel Edgerton’s surly sulking Ramses the Great is a kind of nasty Maximus in eye makeup and Ben Mendelsohn plays Hegep, one of Ramses’s officials, with high-camp silliness.

Unlike in Scott’s mighty Gladiator, where we were led down a storyline unknown to us, with an ending never blatantly flagged, this movie has absolutely nothing happening of which we’ve not already been informed.

There’s the burning bush, the plagues of Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea – enough already, I groaned inwardly. To perhaps lift that dead weight of over-familiarity, Scott has come up with the quirky if not terribly kosher idea of having God personified by a repulsive little boy who is forever demanding more of Moses and who ultimately exercises his spiteful wrath by inflicting upon the people of Egypt the mass slaughter of innocent children that is commemorated in the observance of the Passover.

Despite the title, there is no interest shown in the fascinating deities and highly ritualised religious practices of ancient Egypt, but the scene where rampaging crocodiles go on a bloody feeding frenzy in the Nile, leaping bodily out of the river to clutch fishermen in their ferocious jaws, is a ripper – in fact I was at the point of nodding off before it happened.

The art direction is seductive, with plenty of thrilling aerial shots, but you could probably think of more beneficial ways to spend $140 million.

~ John Campbell


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Sunrise paddler with Rainbow Dragons offers new era for seasoned campaigner

Former long-distance paddling champion Brooke Harris has found new sporting life with the Rainbow Dragons and likes to take advantage of the new 6am Sunrise session in Ballina.

Far North Coast Comedy

Lots of comedy to laugh out loud at

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 26 January, 2022

There's still loads of stuff on in the Byron Shire and beyond

Taxi stolen at knifepoint in Tweed Heads

An investigation is underway after a taxi driver had his cab stolen at knifepoint at Tweed Heads.