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The Tale of Despereaux

4 Ratings: 2.0
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The Tale of Despereauxlooks a little likeShrek. The storytelling and animation draw on everything fromRatatouilleand classic fairytales to Shakespeare, Jonathan Swift,Indiana Jones, and, in its action sequences, evenBourneandBond. But this movie stands … see full wiki

Genre: Family
4 reviews about The Tale of Despereaux
review by . September 25, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Exceeded Expectations But Not for Everyone
The Tale of Despereaux is one of those animated films that I’m really glad I went into with low expectations.  After all, I reasoned going in, this represents Universal Pictures’ lone foray into a market dominated by heavy hitters like Pixar and DreamWorks.  Reviews at the film’s theatrical debut were certainly mixed but the cast was nothing short of epic and the book on which the film is based seems pretty well accepted. The DVD was the perfect compromise in my …
review by . December 08, 2009
The movie starts as one about food and rats, so I straight away thought about Ratatouille, but the storyline quickly moves to tale about mice and rats, and how one mouse redeems a rat who actually prefers the company of humans over rats. Matthew Broderick plays the main role, and like his other recent movies, what we have is an inoffensive family movie that blends some comedy with some action and some drama. The animation is respectable, but nothing breath-taking. The soundtrack is generic, with …
review by . December 20, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
"The Tale of Despereaux" is terrific family entertainment, a computer animated fable that's not only visually striking, but also solidly structured. I can't make any comparisons to Kate DiCamillo's book, seeing as I haven't read it. Not that it matters a great deal. Movies stand apart from books, no matter how faithful they may be. All I know is that the film is an absolute delight from beginning to end, charming and funny, fun and meaningful, populated by characters that function as recognizable …
review by . April 08, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
This film left me with a very odd feeling, it seemed like it was made up of pieces from many different stories, but didn't really have it's own story to tell. A special feature on the DVD explains why I had this strange feeling, it's a modern fairy tale written recently. Well there you have it, influenced by many classics and it tried too hard to be a modern classic, but failed.    So why the middle rating for this film. The film itself is really well done, it just needed a better …
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