next time anyone says something like “omg, i can’t stand all u ppl complaining about political correctness, this movie DOESN’T have to be accurate, it’s ARTISTIC EXPRESSION” (coughExoduscough) when you complain about whitewashing or racial stereotyping or lack of diversity in a movie
show them prince of egypt
prince of egypt is a fucking glorious example of how DOING YOUR RESEARCH and being ACCURATE in reflecting diversity elevates the quality of the movie. It ADDS to the artistry. Your movie is BETTER and more interesting for it. So even if you wanna be all pragmatic, well, I’m telling you when you do your research and make an effort to portray diverse cultures without stereotyping them, your entire movie IS BETTER for it, even from the purely “entertainment” or “aesthetic” perspective.
sorry like i’m rewatching it and I noticed all the little details- like the way Tzipporah is made to be darker skinned to reflect how Moses’ wife is said to be an Ethiopian woman, the way the banquet scene in the Egyptian royal palace, if you looked in the background, you could see the people there weren’t all Egyptians but also people from other neighbouring African kingdoms (from the different clothing there was)- the Hebrews themselves all looked different- amongst them there was a variety of skin tones. Perfect because the whole thing is that they aren’t just an “ethnicity” - they’re supposed to be connected by the fact that they believe in the same Abrahamic religion. And those two Egyptian guards who ran off with the Hebrews- interesting- I wonder if they were Hebrews who passed for Egyptian when they were born because their parents feared for their lives?
I loved the portrayal of the Egyptians too overall- you know although they didn’t wear a lot of clothing (due to the climate etc), it didn’t devolve into these caricatures- they were portrayed in a way that showed that theirs was indeed a very advanced and sophisticated civilisation. I liked it because so often we think “civilisation” looks just one way- and it was a great way to show how advanced civilisations come in many shapes and forms. (fyi: the near nakedness of the Mesoamericans like the Aztecs and Africans was often considered to be a sign of a less “civilised” or “evolved” people by European explorers during the era of imperialism).
Basically this movie gave me a shitton of details to appreciate and think about and that’s what great movies do.