The Prince of Egypt (1998)


 Prince_of_egypt“A single thread in a tapestry, though its color brightly shine, can never see its purpose in the pattern of the grand design. And the stone that sits on the very top of the mountain’s mighty face, does it think it’s more important than the stones that form the base? So how can you see what your life is worth, or where your value lies? You can never see through the eyes of man… You must look at your life, look at your life through Heaven’s eyes!” – Jethro

Number of Times Seen – At least 10 times (Theater opening night 1998, video, DVD and 14 Jan 2015)

Brief Synopsis – The tale of how Moses became one of the greatest prophets of the Hebrews while they were slaves in Egypt.

My Take on it – I loved how this movie decided to focus on something that most people don’t even think about when discussing the biblical story of the Exodus.

Moses’s own identity crisis is an exceptional theme to deal with due to the fact that he was born to a family of slaves but raised in The Pharaoh’s palace as his own son.

This movie expands that theme to many of the choices that he must make in life and it truly gives him both a sense of purpose and confusion along the way.

The voice cast is unbelievable; Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Goldblum, Steve Martin, Martin Short, Patrick Stewart, Danny Glover, Ofra Haza and Helen Mirren.

The soundtrack is also one of the best ones from an animated movie.

My favorite two songs are Through Heaven’s Eyes and When you believe (which won the Oscar for Best song that year) sung by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston

Here are clips of both songs:

 

 

 

Yes, this movie has a few historical inaccuracies, but overall it is a great story told in grand scale.

This was an amazing choice for Dreamworks SKG’s inaugural animated film.

Bottom Line – Excellent fresh take on the take of Moses and the Exodus from Egypt that shows how his own identity crisis helped him to find his inner confidence to lead his people to freedom. Amazing voice cast. Great music including some exceptional songs. Highly recommended!

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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