Like others, not what I expected, but not that bad, either.
Based on the commercials, I was expecting a whimsical story about a
non-conformist mouse, but the story went much deeper than that. The
story was called "Despereaux," which is the name of the mouse...
however, the story, strictly speaking, didn't actually revolve solely
around the mouse. It was more of an "ensemble" animated movie.
While it had a few funny moments, for the most part it was much more of
a serious story for kids, and then you get beat over the head with the
"lesson" at the end.
Still, my two kids (7 and 9) both enjoyed it, although it obviously
wasn't their favorite animated movie. My wife and I also enjoyed it. I
was not disappointed that it wasn't what I expected; I don't see how
you can mark a movie down just because it wasn't what *you* expected.
The animation was not terrible; I don't know what people expect these
days. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised at the variety of styles that
were used for different aspects of the movie; the animation they show
when they visualize what a character is reading in a storybook, for
example. The animation is not the greatest, but I don't think they were
trying for "the greatest," they were trying for their own style, and
their own style worked just fine. The humans in the film are not
realistic, but they are not supposed to be (nor should they be... it's
ANIMATED, after all, not live action).
I will agree with some reviewers about the voices; some of the
characters were voiced quite well. Mathew Broderick as Despereaux, and
Frank Langella as the Mayor were quite good. Most of the voicing was
terrible, though, it just didn't seem to fit.
So, 7 out of 10 overall... this is not the Incredibles or Cars or Toy
Story or Shrek, but there's a lot worse kids movies you could go to and
the lesson is a pretty good one..
mgcraven watch Blessed movie
the children will like this mouse tale-- then watch chitti bang bang.
yukon watch An Unfinished Life movie
great super super great .
sandbornj watch The Thief Lord movie
Great movie! Have to watch it!.
dr_mehedi watch Crazy Heart movie
the movie is the best of all movie that i seen ever.ruper animation.
drake123 watch Like Dandelion Dust movie
ive always wanted to see this movie .
you haven`t seen it yet? you are unlucky....
I like this movie because is very funny... .
Its a verry funny film .
funny movie...not a masterprice.
Emma's voice is inspired.
Didn't Read the Book, But...
I didn't read the book, but I wanted to see this film because the
animation drew me in. I don't know how it compared to the book, but as
a film, I adored this.
I've read some of the comments and lots of people talk about what this
film may or may not have borrowed from other films, but as they say
"smart people don't borrow, they steal" and this film, while it took
some elements that are fairly well-known and even some that are
standard in the fairy tale genre, stole with zeal and in my opinion
improved upon many aspects.
The narration, voiced by Sigourney Weaver was simply amazing. It was
full of wise little bits for children and adults alike. To paraphrase,
broken hearts sometimes grow back crooked - not only did this stir my
emotions, but it made me realize something. Not bad for a children's
I think this film gave its potential viewers a lot of credit in the
sense that it expected you to follow many characters at once and to
cheer for them all. It might be taxing on some viewers attention spans,
but if you fall in love with the story, I don't think it's that
complicated at all.
Please give this film a shot, it certainly deserves it. It's far wiser
and more worthwhile than the feel good films of Disney or the seemingly
message drowned Pixar films.
This film will tell you to go through the bad parts of life, to grieve
if grief is what life brings you, but also to fulfill your dreams and
satiate the longings of your heart and that in order to do so one must
be courageous, honest, and decent..