12. Gods of Egypt
To say Gods of Egypt faces an uphill battle is an understatement. The movie doesn’t belong to any pre-existing franchises so there isn’t a ready-made fanbase available to tap into. It isn’t a star vehicle that can rely on name recognition to draw audiences and it’s been at the centre of its own diversity controversy – that’s what you get when you have a predominantly white cast in the roles of North Africans.
It isn’t helpful that the trailer doesn’t look all that good. The historical fantasy genre is very hit and miss. And the more we see of the latest offering, the more we’re inclined to believe that this’ll lean more towards Immortals than 300. The CGI looks lacklustre, the performances appear irksome and, while there’s plenty of action, there’s no awe-inspiring money shot to leave you wanting more.
We’re slightly dreading our first screening for this one!