Nic’s Review (16/02/2014):
Ok, so upon viewing this film, I found myself torn. Somehow I loved it and despised it equally at the same time. But then I worked it out: ‘The Prince of Egypt’ (Rated: G) can be viewed two ways. It can be seen from an entirely unprejudiced filmic perspective, or it can be seen from a historical/religious perspective. Because this movie is an almost literal adaptation of the story of Moses, it is impossible to leave religion out of the discussion.
Hence, this was the problem I had: it sometimes seemed to preach Christianity. Now, I have respect for all religions equally but the bias of this film seemed disrespectful to me, especially to the ancient and beautiful religion of Ancient Egypt. Secondly, in this regard, the message of the film condemned slavery yet condoned violence against the enslavers. Maybe it’s just me but I don’t see that being a very altruistic value, religious or not.
But I am going to look past these personal moral dilemmas in order to assess the film for what it is. I must say I was surprised. ‘The Prince of Egypt’ is beautifully animated, a reminder of the glory of traditional animation.
Furthermore, unlike ‘Antz’, the characters and themes are satisfyingly complex and I cared about the villain as much as the hero. The scale of the Egyptian setting is breathtaking and, for the most part, its representation is accurate and respectful.
If there is one thing that lets it down, it’s the hit-or-miss nature of the songs. Some are terribly written, while others are graceful.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed ‘The Prince of Egypt’ overall and it gives me hope in DreamWorks’ ability to match its competitors.
Daniel’s Review (11/02/2016):
‘The Prince of Egypt’ is DreamWorks Animation’s second feature film, however remains their first traditionally animated film, and to my surprise, feels like a Disney film, yet can even be more complex and more depth than some of Disney’s other strong works such as ‘Mulan’ and ‘Aladdin’.
The film is about Moses, who learns the truth of his identity, and that his whole life has been a lie, living as the king’s son. Moses goes on a journey, where he meets God who instructs him to free the slaves of Ancient Egypt.
I’m not going to go into religion viewpoints or values, as everyone has their own faith and beliefs in religion, and while I am aware this film is based upon religion and Christianity, I’m judging this movie from a filmic perspective.
The film is crafted wonderfully well, with most songs written with emotion and heart, and always progressing the film along, with the exception of one song which I felt was out of place with the film’s other musical moments, with that being “Playing With the Big Boys” which to my opinion, halted the film’s steady progression.
The film has moments of dark themes and violence, but yet, the film sometimes does struggle with the balance of these themes, yet condemn the notions of freedom and believing in the impossible.
Nonetheless, ‘The Prince of Egypt’ is wonderfully crafted, even delivering great characters as you care about the hero and the villain, which not many films can do that. ‘The Prince of Egypt’ shows that DreamWorks Animation can deliver an emotionally satisfying film and stand in-line with its animation rivals.