Film reviews are subjective. I tend to rate films not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
The Prince of Egypt (1998) from DreamWorks Pictures
Rated PG. Animated, Drama, Historical, Musical
Academy Award: Best Original Song, “When You Believe”
Description (from the film case): This is the extraordinary tale of two brothers, one born of royal blood, one an orphan with a secret past. Growing up the best of friends, they share a strong bond of free-spirited youth and good-natured rivalry. But the truth will ultimately set them at odds, as one becomes the ruler of the most powerful empire on earth, the other the chosen leader of his people. Their final confrontation will forever change their lives–and the world.
My thoughts: Glimpses of the artistry are what made me check out this film for myself, and I’ve deemed it to be one of the (if not the) most visually beautiful animated features I’ve ever seen. It’s not a talky-talky film, trying to say too much, but it says what it needs to, oftentimes in movements, facial expressions, and music.
And, speaking of music, The Prince of Egypt is wonderfully scored by Hans Zimmer, my favorite composer in film.