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Tut/TV Miniseries: It was better to watch a documentary for the real story

July 24, 2015

Normally this didn’t happen to me at all but the mini-series, Tut was so disappointing that its conclusion was not seen by me last night. Most of it was a tangled mess on two levels. The good things about this movie were the choreographed scenes and the costumes. Most of the problem with this movie was the lack of story in it. There were too many people that wanted the throne. Yes, being so young and inexperienced as a ruler, he did make mistakes.

Some of the scenes choreographed in the show were well-done like fight scenes, love scenes, and the fire in the infected part of the city. Like the burning of Atlanta in Gone with the Wind, it looked like a one-time shot. The most gruesome thing seen by me was the impaling of a cousin of the wife in the Pharoah’s court. It was an effort at an alliance with the enemy.

In all fairness, this was hashed out by me last night without being influenced by previous reviewers on line. My Western Civ teacher told more interesting stories about history than what was seen on TV July 20. He made the most mundane situations more interesting. Some of the stories of ancient Egypt made me laugh so hard my sides were sore.

These unfit rulers were raised with an over-inflated ego. They were groomed thinking that they were godlike. Since they were the law of Egypt, their word was carried out. It was only natural that the young man would grow to develop this attitude. His protectors thought that they could’ve maintained control by limiting the amount of information given to the young regent. His best friend, still in love with his wife, only trained him well enough to defend himself, but kept him too weak to lead an army into battle. The general omitted key facts that the Pharaoh discovered himself about the enemy. They both left him on the battlefield like they would’ve a dead opponent.

Philippians 2:1-10

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,… (ESV)

It was only fitting that his best friend suffered the fate he did. Everyone knew he was in love with the wife of Egypt’s leader. It was awesome to have seen how he handled it seeing his best friend being crowned and his wife next to him in her finery. His wife hated the concubine bought back to court. Her children would’ve never inherited the throne if she were made his second wife. Her fate was sealed when she left the palace to find her parents in the disease ridden part of the city. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

Because of all the court drama, it was hard telling where the real story was. To me, even though the fight scenes were done well and the actors looked good in their costumes, there was too much back biting in the court. The only person who didn’t want the Pharaoh’s throne was the grand vizier. After being in the royal household so long, this was a smart move.

It was better to watch a documentary n ancient Egypt than to rely on accuracy from Hollywood.

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