Tale of Despereaux Movie Reviews
User reviews on Tale of Despereaux
i actually enjoyed this movie! I often find myself attending the animated movies with much more anticipation than any other and this one was no different!
The Tale of depereaux is a story that is fanciful and full of drama a perfect story to read to children as they ready for bedtime! something like a little imagination accelerator prior to dream land!
The movie however was a little dark. Although that was outshined by absolute amazing animation and such bravery on part of all of the animated characters from the king... to the guard... to the rat...Not to mention Despereaux.
The message is good for children. Be yourself no matter if everything and everybody is trying to tell you different! Maybe they will just come around to your way of thinking!!
I took my two and a half year old grand daughter and she sat still and enjoyed the whole show (with a little help from popcorn and soda). It was not too scary or too loud. I think children aged up to 12 would enjoy the show.
Do we really need another animated film about talking rodents? This one has a mouse and a rat, voiced by Matthew Broderick and Dustin Hoffman, respectively. Mostly it seems like an inferior copy of Ratatouille. Granted, that was Pixarâ€™s most underappreciated film, but Tale of Despereaux doesnâ€™t have the same smart writing or classic characters. Itâ€™s the same fish out of water story (so to speak), with Despereaux kicked out of Mouseworld and lost in Ratworld. (Yes, â€œMouseworldâ€ and â€œRatworldâ€ is about the level of originality that went into this film.) Will Despereaux find a sidekick and fulfill his dream of telling the princess a story? Gee, I wonder.
The animation isnâ€™t badâ€”it looks like an actual childrenâ€™s book, and thatâ€™s a rare and interesting style for a kidâ€™s movie in this age of high-tech. But â€œold-fashionedâ€ can have itâ€™s down side, too, and in this case the downside is that the movie is talky and boring.
The Tale of Despereaux written by Gary Ross, Kate DiCamillo, Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi looks quite pretty but itâ€™s a little on the blah side. It seems like weâ€™ve heard this story before. The mouse and princess are of course super cute and the story line isnâ€™t bad. It is pretty detailed so if younger children are watching they will need to pay attention. It also has three directors Sam Fell, Rob Stevenhagen and Mike Johnson, thatâ€™s a lot of directors for a cartoon. So a little mouse gets kicked out of mouse world for being too brave and befriends a rat. They then befriend a princess and things go all crazy from there.
Matthew Broderick voices the cute and chivalrous Despereaux, who for some reason has huge ears. Dustin Hoffman is the voice of the rat Roscuro and Emma Watson plays Princess Pea. The ever-funny Tracy Ullman is the voice of Miggery Sow and Kevin Kline plays Andre. With a cast like this how could you go wrong. And the movie doesnâ€™t really go wrong, there just seems to be something missing. Itâ€™s a good tale of friendship and revenge and redemption but it just seems like it has been told before.
This story gives more nods to past fairy tales than pop culture, which I believe is a plus. And I think in general kids will like it. It is a good movie that is enjoyable with a good message, and good story line. Itâ€™s just nothing amazing.