Read Gods of Egypt director Alex Proyas' rant against 'deranged idiot' film critics

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Mar 2, 2016, 6:52 PM EST (Updated)

This past weekend, Gods of Egypt claimed the dubious honor of being the first big flop of 2016, with an abysmal box-office performance (a paltry $14 million) that was no doubt helped along by the massive success of the little superhero movie that could, Deadpool.

It probably didn’t help matters either that the movie was almost universally panned by critics (amid complaints of white-washing), who basically said that the epic fantasy movie sucked. Even worse: The movie was written by the duo of Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, who previously gave us the truly awful Dracula Untold and the even more awful The Last Witch Hunter.

Over the weekend, Gods of Egypt director Alex Proyas didn’t take kindly to the fact that critics bashed his movie. In fact, he was so upset, Proyas published a rant on his Facebook page against all the “deranged idiots” that review his films. This is a doozy.


Than reading reviews of my own movies. I usually try to avoid the experience - but this one takes the cake. Often, to my great amusement, a critic will mention my past films in glowing terms, when at the time those same films were savaged, as if to highlight the critic's flawed belief of my descent into mediocrity. You see, my dear fellow FBookers, I have rarely gotten great reviews… on any of my movies, apart from those by reviewers who think for themselves and make up their own opinions. Sadly those type of reviewers are nearly all dead. Good reviews often come many years after the movie has opened. I guess I have the knack of rubbing reviewers the wrong way - always have. 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. That’s ok, this modern age of texting will probably make them go the way of the dinosaur or the newspaper shortly - don't movie-goers text their friends with what they thought of a movie? Seems most critics spend their time trying to work out what most people will want to hear. How do you do that? Why these days it is so easy... just surf the net to read other reviews or what bloggers are saying - no matter how misguided an opinion of a movie might be before it actually comes out. 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. Now that anyone can post their opinion about anything from a movie to a pair of shoes to a hamburger, what value do they have - nothing. Roger Ebert wasn’t bad. He was a true film lover at least, a failed film-maker, which gave him a great deal of insight. His passion for film was contagious and he shared this with his fans. He loved films and his contribution to cinema as a result was positive. Now we have a pack of diseased vultures pecking at the bones of a dying carcass. Trying to peck to the rhythm of the consensus. I applaud any film-goer who values their own opinion enough to not base it on what the pack-mentality say is good or bad.

Whoa, great to know, Mr. Proyas. I’m sure that’s the way to endear you to movie critics the world over, calling them idiots and less than worthless. Two thumbs up right there!

What do you think of this rant? Did you see Gods of Egypt this weekend? Does Alex Proyas make a good point, or do you agree with the “deranged idiots”?


(via Comic Book Movie)