10/06/2013

Joseph: King of Dreams (2000)

Film: Joseph: King of Dreams
Release: 2000, video
Starring: Ben Affleck, Mark Hamill, Richard Herd
Directed by: Rob LaDuca, Robert C. Ramirez
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Description: Joseph is the youngest of a huge group of brother but gets special treatment from his parents. After a while the brothers come to be so jealous that they sell him as a slave and send him to Egypt.

Hans' thoughts:

This is a sort-of sequel to the very stellar movie Prince of Egypt. Despite what I assume was good intentions, this movie turns out incredibly bland. It retells the biblical myth of Joseph, and like Prince of Egypt it tries to play big on the brotherly aspect of the story. But Prince of Egypt succeeds in making the two main characters act as brothers put in that sort of situation would, Joseph: King of Dreams just sort of mentions that: Oh yeah right, these guys are brothers. Honestly, everything in this movie is very bland. The music is as frequent as the previous movie but very forgettable (as opposed to the amazing soundtrack of it's predecessor). The voice actors, even the big names like Ben Affleck and Mark Hamill seem uninterested in their perfomances as well. The character models are also weird and some of the side characters seem downright bizarre. I especially recall a guardsman who looked like a piece of beef on tiny legs. Everything also seem rushed, one minute Joseph is in prison and the next he's governing the country. At least the backgrounds are very well done and the dream sequences are beautifully animated. Unfortunately, it just can't save this very forgettable little movie.

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