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Gods of Egypt director Alex Proyas lambasts critics as diseased vultures

Gods of Egypt

Story by Jack Foley

ALEX Proyas, the director of box office flop Gods of Egypt, has taken to Facebook to lambast the film critics who have trashed his movie.

The Australian film-maker, whose past credits include I, Robot and The Crow, posted a lengthy rant in which he referred to critics as “deranged idiots” and “diseased vultures”.

Proyas wrote: “NOTHING CONFIRMS RAMPANT STUPIDITY FASTER… 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.”

Proyas does acknowledge that some critics have earned his respect in the past, such as the late Roger Ebert, but he quickly moved on to suggest that none of the modern writers could hold a candle to him.

“Now we have a pack of diseased vultures pecking at the bones of a dying carcass,” he continued. “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.”

Gods of Egypt endured one of the worst box office starts of recent years when it opened in the US over the weekend, taking only $14 million off a budget in excess of $140 million.

It had already sparked controversy after posters revealed a largely white cast, despite a plot inspired by classic mythology.

The film stars Gerard Butler and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as warring Egyptian gods and Geoffrey Rush as the Egyptian sun god. Distributor Lionsgate had hoped that it might launch a new franchise – but any hopes of such a course of action now look doomed.

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