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I was brought up in a Christian household, so I've seen a lot of biblical movies. Almost all of them are cringeworthy at best, with dodgy animation, terrible music and stilted dialogue, you know the drill...
This is the farthest thing from those movies as it is possible to be.
It is a work of art. Even now, as a Muslim, this holds a very special place in my heart. I would actually go so far as to say it is one of the best films ever made.
Firstly: the animation is exquisite. There are a few moments of obvious CGI, especially during the opening sequences, but it's actually quite tasteful. The art shifts are short and sweet and brilliantly executed, and the 'Plague' sequence is, quite simply, stunning. A lot of care and attention has been put into the art, and it really shows.
The music and songs are fantastically written and performed. They're not cheesy at all, and convey the perfect amount of emotion to wrench at your heartstrings. They must be heard to be believed, and most of them link very closely to each other: 'this is my home' and 'plague' are prime examples. 'Deliver Us', the opening song, sets the bar high, and the rest of the pieces are equally ingenious.
The script flows naturally, and has something for everybody. Seriously, I have seen this movie several dozen times, and there is always something new I haven't noticed before. Moses is a character everybody can sympathise with, but the side characters (Aaron, Tzipporah, Rameses) give the movie depth and make it moving. As a child, Moses' story was engrossing, and as an adult, Rameses' side of the tale is equally compelling. The voice actors do their job excellently, and combined with the brilliant animation, the result is a very real-feeling film, with characters the viewer feels genuine empathy for.
In short, this movie is something everybody should see at least once. Everybody I know who has watched this film, regardless of their religion or personal philosophies, has found it to be a masterpiece that is both entertaining and respectful to the source material. Don't let the 'U' rating or the fact it's a bible movie put you off. It is so much more.
As an agnostic, I have to agree with your conclusion that this is a fantastic movie that tells a story that should be fun and compelling regardless of your religious persuasion. Very nice review.
What I find really interesting is that several predominantly Muslim countries have banned this film. Apparently there's something about depicting religious figures being a no-no in Islam, but I could be wrong. Still, as a Christian, right up there with you guys, this movie rocks, whether you're religious or not. You may find it a bit anvilicous if you're not of the Abrahamic crowd, though.
@James Picard That\'s because they take the commandment about idols to its logical extreme and believe that having a depiction of someone eventually leads to worship of the image. which would directly contradict the First Commandment.
I was raised Muslim, but I\'m now agnostic/atheist. But The Prince of Egypt is simply an amazing movie, regardless of one\'s religious views. It\'s a shame that DreamWorks (and every other studio for that matter) are now too afraid to create animated children\'s films that handle adult subject matter so well.
Yes, Prince of Egypt was an amazing piece of art!!
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