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While Joseph: King of Dreams is a good film and there are two things which I will mention.
1) Because it’s a prequel to The Prince of Egypt it is difficult to talk about it without asking the question of whether or not it’s better than the movie to which it is a prequel. I would opine that it isn’t but that that sets the bar too high because The Prince of Egypt was quite good. I will also mention that The Prince of Egypt is an epic tale of good and evil with a clear dramatic villain in the form of Ralph Fiennes’s Rameses whereas Joseph is about man’s personal spiritual journey such that the comparison though inevitable is unfair.
2) Because Joseph is arguably the most commonly adapted story from TheBible there are similar works out there most notably Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and I do think that the latter is better. The problem is that what I’m comparing it to is something I consider a masterpiece which is ultimately unfair to this film.
That having been established, I like this movie quite a bit. I have a few nitpicks about parts which aren’t accurate to the Book of Genesis but all in all I think it has a fundamental respect for the text. I like how it executed the Aesop that forgiveness though good must be conditioned upon repentance. I like how it develops the Love Story between Joseph and Asenath despite it not being in the Hebrew Scriptures (Joseph’s marriage to Asenath is, their relationship isn’t). And I like the spirituality of the film most notably in the song “You Know Better than I”. It’s not a rival to the Heroic BSoD song that was “Close Every Door to Me” because what is but it’s still quite good.
I thought about finding an excuse to reference the song “Miracle Child” from the movie and have a Title Drop but I couldn’t figure out how to do that so I’m just writing it down.
This is probably one of the best direct to video sequels/prequels out there. First off I like how the character designs look slightly different from Prince of Egypt but you can still tell they take place within the same universe. Second, the songs while not exactly memorable, they sound nice. Third, the animation is beautiful. Finally, the voice acting is decent. This is probably one of the few DTD sequels/prequels out there that isn't lazily put together but done out of genuine love; I highly recommend it.
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