I decided to watch another movie tonight at random that I remembered from my childhood. Because why not flavor my insomnia with cinema? Decided on the Prince of Egypt.
Honestly I didn't remember this movie, like not details. I didn't even remember that it had music and song numbers. But rewatching, it's pretty ******* great. The late 90s Dreamworks animation is really stylized, in a way that holds up well. It might be my brain running on a mixture of Captain Crunch and raspberry tea, but I don't remember many movies looking like this visually.
The story is pretty well known to anyone with even passing knowledge of the bigger biblical stories, but this one really is interesting in how it explores the relationship of Ramses II and Moses. It also presents an interesting turn with a reluctant Moses, he flat out says it in this song, he feels bad that he must do these things to his former brother, that innocents will suffer. He knows why he has too, but it's still a very hard pill to swallow. Gives depth to it that feels real and natural, ******* believable.
I guess a lot of that comes from Val Kilmer voicing Moses, and Ralph Fiennes voicing Ramses II. Both show their talent as voice actors, and really bring these characters to life, again making them feel like real people. It's weird how that is something praise-worthy, having characters feel like real people, with real thoughts and emotions. Instead of cardboard cutouts for the audience to self-insert.
Finally that music, ******* Hans Zimmer, does that even need to be extrapolated on? It's Hans ******* Zimmer doing what god put him here to do. Glad I took the time to watch this again, yeah it's not a masterpiece, but again what is surprising is how well it holds up in almost every department: visually, musically, voice acting, and writing. Despite being nearly 20 years old, and a 20 year old animated movie at that.
Well either way, a fun movie, certainly a lot of nostalgia I didn't know was there in me(seriously it's been like 14 years since I've seen this). Anyone else remember this one?