I was getting all excited to see the new version of the Ten Commandments until I heard of the following at dinner:
The strangeness of Scott’s burning-bush sequence and his daring approach to representing the divine presence Moses encounters offer a possible point of entry on this issue. Unlike Charlton Heston’s Moses, who heard a disembodied voice (Heston’s own voice) at the burning bush, Bale’s Moses sees and hears a young boy — not a beatific boy speaking in dulcet tones, like a proper Christian angel, but a scowling boy with a curt manner and a temper.
Apparently, God in the movie is represented by an annoying little boy named “Malak.” I’m offended not as a Christian, but as a movie goer. I don’t want to watch movies about guys overthrowing tyrannical rulers because they are egged on to by some rambunctious kid. It’s totally lame.
I presume there will be a lot of push back from Christians about this disrespectful portrayal of God, whom we know to be inimitable and glorious beyond description. This will probably surprise all the non-believers in Hollywood who thought the success of the “Christian” book The Shack, which portrayed God as Aunt Jemima, meant that they would tolerate such a portrayal in the movie. Perhaps, when you actually visually depict the disrespectful depiction, the lame factor becomes so obvious that it is impossible to avoid.
Why didn’t they stick to the disembodied voice of God in most movies, or the mysterious God who doesn’t explicitly talk back like in Noah?
Shame on you Hollywood. You took a movie idea that could have had fun stuff like blowing up pyramids, and made it totally stupid. Maybe Ridley Scott and Christian Bale help compensate for that, but I guess I will have to find out when it’s in the Red Box.