It seems ‘Gods of Egypt’ director Alex Proyas is a tad bit displeased with the critical savaging his latest movie has received.
Proyas, whose previous films include ‘The Crow’ and ‘I, Robot,’ took to Facebook to vent his frustration at the critics - who, the director says, have never looked favourably upon his work.
“I have never gotten great reviews… on any movie I’ve made really, apart from those by reviewers who think for themselves and make up their own opinions. Sadly those type of reviewers are nearly all dead.”
Proyas proceeded to hit back at the criticism leveled upon ‘Gods of Egypt’ for casting western actors (including Gerard Butler and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in Egyptian roles:
“This time of course they have bigger axes to grind - they can rip into my movie while trying to make their mainly pale asses look so politically correct by screaming “white-wash!!!” like the deranged idiots they all are.
“They fail to understand, or chose to pretend to not understand what this movie is, so as to serve some bizarre consensus of opinion which has nothing to do with the movie at all.”
The director continued, “Seems most critics spend their time trying to work out what most people will want to hear… Lock a critic in a room with a movie no one has even seen and they will not know what to make of it. Because contrary to what a critic should probably be they have no personal taste or opinion, because they are basing their views on the status quo.
“None of them are brave enough to say “well I like it” if it goes against consensus. Therefore they are less than worthless.”
While Proyas gave a moment’s praise to the late Roger Ebert, he concluded by describing modern film critics as “a pack of diseased vultures pecking at the bones of a dying carcass.”
‘Gods of Egypt’ currently sits on a 13% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes. It has also under-performed on its opening weekend in the US, the $140 million movie earning a predicted $14 million according to Box Office Mojo. (Internationally, it has reached $52.2 million to date.)
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