Gods of Egypt’s Alex Proyas bashes critics

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Gods of Egypt opened in theaters over the weekend with not-so-great box office numbers and a 12% on Rotten Tomatoes. Yeah, critics are not excited about the film, and this has director Alex Proyas upset. He posted a rather long comment acknowledging the reviewers on his Facebook page. Here’s a part of what he had to say.

“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. 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.

…this modern age of texting has rendered them less than worthless, so they will probably 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.

…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.”

He never got great reviews from any of his movies? I thought Dark City and The Crow were great, and those two films were well-received by critics. His recent movies… not so much.

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