The Prince of Egypt
Animation | In English | 98 minutes | 1998
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus) 79% 79%
- Metacritic Score 64% 64%
Academy Award: Best Original Musical Score. Best Song (“When You Believe”).
Critics Choice Awards: Best Animated Feature.
Golden Globes: Best Original Score and Best Original Song.
Grammy Awards: Best Soundtrack Album.
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What this film proves above all is that animation frees the imagination from the shackles of gravity and reality, and allows a story to soar. If De Mille had seen this film, he would have gone back to the drawing board. This is one of the best-looking animated films ever made.
With only a few apologies to Exodus and Deuteronomy, this animated film is an inspiring translation of one of history’s greatest heroes. It’s a satisfying, ultimately moving study of an ordinary man whose obedience to God was to echo through history.
It’s a wonderful essay on the meaning of freedom and the courage it takes to wrestle it from despots. In a sense, it feels more political and cultural than religious. You don’t see faith systems in opposition so much as idea systems. The movie’s proudest accomplishment is that it revises our version of Moses toward something more immediate and believable, more humanly knowable.
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