Movies: Y’s Weekly Guide to What’s On

03 Mar 2016
POSTED BY Y Magazine
Kings of Egypt

Set in a time when Egyptian gods walked among the mortals who worshipped them, Kings of Egypt sees the deity Set (Gerard Butler) usurp the throne from his brother Osiris (Bryan Brown), ushering in an age of chaos.



The rightful heir, Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), is imprisoned with his eyes removed, but forms an unlikely alliance with the mortal Bek (Brenton Thwaites) in the hope of restoring order to the kingdom.

Never has there been a stronger reminder that throwing millions of dollars at a film does not automatically make it good or even worth watching. Kings of Egypt (released as Gods of Egypt in other regions) had a budget somewhere in the region of RO53 million, but there is a distinct sense of spectacle over substance here.

Throughout the film’s lengthy 127-minute running time you can’t shake the feeling that Kings of Egypt is trying just a little too hard to be everything 300 was (perhaps the presence of Butler in a lead role intensifies this), in terms of style. Ultimately, though, as far as sword and sandal epics go, it just doesn’t measure up, even when you throw in gigantic Egyptian deities.

Verdict: 2/5

 

Zoolander 2

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When the world of high fashion is in jeopardy, Interpol’s Fashion Crime Division has no choice but to turn to former male model Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller), who has been living in self-imposed exile, for help. Teaming up with his rival-turned-buddy Hansel (Owen Wilson), Derek must once again battle to foil the plans of evil fashion guru Mugatu (Will Ferrell). The list of cameos in this film is extensive, ranging from Justin Bieber to MC Hammer, but sadly, playing spot the celebrity is likely to be the most fun you will have in this inane and imbecilic sequel.

Verdict: 1/5

 

Barbie Spy Squad

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Making the transition from gymnasts to undercover agents for a top-secret spy agency, Barbie (voiced by Erica Lindbeck) and her two friends use their acrobatic abilities to track down an elusive cat burglar. Even when the stakes are raised and the mission deemed too dangerous, the trio club together to prove that teamwork and girl power can get the job done. The storyline may be predictable, but the moral of the film is a good one for youngsters, preaching that practice can achieve anything and that failure should not prevent you from trying.

Verdict: 2/5

 

Preview: Bleeding Heart

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Quiet and reserved yoga instructor May (Jessica Biel) finds herself transforming into something she’d never imagined possible in an effort to protect her newly discovered sister, Shiva (Zosia Mamet), who is trapped in an abusive relationship with a deadbeat boyfriend (Joe Anderson). May’s values are progressively challenged as she goes to increasing lengths to bring Shiva back from the edge.

Bollywatch: Teraa Surroor

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Revolving around the concept of love and betrayal, Teraa Surroor is the sequel to 2007’s Aap Kaa Surroor and once again sees the popular singer Himesh Reshammiya playing himself, this time romancing newcomer female lead, Farah Karimaee. If the trailer is anything to go by, the film looks set to live up to its tagline of “A lethal love story” when it is released in mid-March.


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