I have a thing for Scandinavian cinema.
I expect this will probably grow on me down the road. It's a flawless, powerfully told story with the greatest performances you could imagine in some of the most gorgeous (and gorgeously-shot) locations you could imagine.
But the fact that Malick has ("finally") gone with a linear story here doesn't change the fact that this film still *felt* familiar to the point of being distracting. So many camera moves I could anticipate. So much blocking that seemed ripped from fill-in-the-blank-Malick…
Dryer's world is deeply, deeply religious. That much is obvious from even just one of his films. But it's only after watching three of his masterpieces that the frightful implications of that have become apparent to me.
The first half of the film picks up, thematically at least, where Dryer's own The Passion of Joan of Arc left off. Oppressive religious conviction is still responsible for unimaginable horrors. People (women) are still being burned at the stake for selling their…
Featuring far and away the greatest opening sequence of any musical I've ever seen, animated or otherwise. It's a small pity the rest of the film doesn't always carry the same energy throughout.
Nevertheless, Prince of Egypt is an epic, possibly underrated splash in the cannon of traditional animation; fittingly appropriate for Dreamworks' animated debut! Today I often see it get confused as a Disney production, and it strikes me as a shame. Brenda Chapman (Brave!) and the Dreamworks team…