The Prince of Egypt

DreamWorks' animated version of the story of Moses sticks to the Bible and eschews the Disney tradition of having a cute comic sidekick on board. The film is visually sumptuous, but scenes like the chariot race, or even the parting of the Red Sea, look no more impressive than the David Lean-style action in Disney's Mulan. Nor is it a comforting film for the very young - the 'death of the first born' plague is especially harrowing, albeit stunningly realised - and kids may even find God's use of violence to defeat the Egyptians excessive. But as epic, emotionally satisfying spectacle, it's way up there with the very best in mainstream animation. It's a pity that some of the more wondrous moments are spoiled by mundane songs.

Release details

Rated: U
Duration: 99 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Simon Wells, Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner
Screenwriter: Philip Lazebnik
Cast: Val Kilmer
Jeff Goldblum
Steve Martin
Michelle Pfeiffer
Ralph Fiennes
Sandra Bullock
Helen Mirren
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