The Ten Commandments

Draft Review by Dean Duncan May 29, 2015

Extremely stiff historical prologue (neat Red Sea and finger of God special effects) gives way to extremely natural, even light (direction, acting, etc.) modern story, morals and messages are extremely clear, but in a charming, even understated way (like Woman of Paris–Victorian, with some characters typed, but all quite effectively so); when lines are written in stone, must the acting be too?; two brothers and girl in the middle are all tremendous, mistaken proposal is exquisitely staged, the cathedral’s height sequence is also very impressive, it’s a tiny bit long, and it contains both the good (beloved principles, simply stated) and the bad (empty platitudes, simplistically stated) of Sunday School didacticism in film