When you think of Hollywood, what do you think of? I think of a bunch of over-paid white people, a few of which can act, and then Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington as the poster children of an industry that wants to appease the politically correct “we want colorblindness but will continue to cry about certain demographics not being met” crowd.
When you think of the Bible, what do you think of? I think of a revered piece of literature which was written by people to illustrate fantastical events that probably did not directly occur as they were written.
So, ultimately, this boils down to typical Hollywood white-gloss plus fantastical piece of arguable fiction. The Hobbit trilogy followed that formula and no one cried (yes, some people believe Middle-Earth is real! And you can’t call them goofy if you were offended by the paragraph above this!), even though there probably should’ve been a little more diversity in those movies.
What I’m trying to say is this: it’s a big budget Hollywood movie, expect white people to be in featured roles. If this were a strictly historical movie, then I’d say that these cries for proper representation were justified, but by and large the race controversy here is founded on nothing! Darker skin-toned people have been hired to represent slaves, servants and pretty much anyone who’s not a lead, so those portions are at least accurate. And correct me if I’m wrong, but weren’t the leading classes of the time (such as Joel Edgerton’s character) of Greek decent, which would justify their lighter skin tones?
In short, I have to point out how stupid all of this non-controversy is. Historians want a religion-based movie to be accurate to history which is a contradiction in and of itself, and religious people back this agenda yet they continue to propagate images of a white Jesus Christ. No one complains when he gets “inaccurately” portrayed as a white guy! That’s the core of this argument. It’s a bunch of hypocrites with quixotic agendas crying the same cry over and over at an industry that is fed, ironically, by their sanctimonious dollars.
So, I’m going to see this movie, maybe twice just to spite one protester’s efforts. Because at the end of the day, it’s a Hollywood blockbuster/action flick/dramatized religious epic, and that sounds like a good time to me.