The Prince of Egypt DreamWorks Animated Movie Review
We all know the story of Moses, the seven plagues and splitting Red Sea. However, this retelling was quite original. The first thing that I liked about the Prince of Egypt movie was the musicality. The first great song was from the beginning. It was sang by Moses’s mother, while she was trying to save her baby from the guards. The other one that I liked was the one from the snake battle. It was said in the Exodus, that god’s serpent devoured the three snakes of the pharaoh.
Snakes were important back then. They represented rebirth and rejuvenation. In the book of Exodus, the snake was associated with the God of the Jews. Moses shows that his god is superior to the Gods of Egypt, when his snake defeats the snakes of the high priest. In that scene, the albino king cobra, stood for the regeneration of the Jewish people. Moses, had come to liberate them from the Pharaoh.
Aside from the songs, this movie touches on the value of life. In the old days, slaves where simply treated as property. Moses was shocked at how little the Pharaoh valued the lives of the Israelite. For him, the decision to kill all the male babies was a simple business venture. If the slaves were going to over popular their masters, then it was rational to hamper their reproduction.
So, there you have it. Another interesting scene was the big deal about the weakest link. Dream works explained Ramses stubbornness via his father’s rebukes. Ramses did not want to be the weakest link of his dynasty. He choose to sacrifice his citizens for the sake of his crown. He did not want to appear weak in the face of his enemies.
He only yielded when he lost the heir to the throne. So yeah, his inability to protect the next link did prove that he was the weakest link. Then again, Egypt could not survive without his slaves. Its society was too dependent on them. To make matters worst, the Egyptians where always sewing the seeds for their after life.
Their salvation depended on building elaborate graveyards. Thus, they really did need slaves to build them fancy graves. Plus, there was the whole God King arrogance and the like. I think that is everything worth mentioning. The 7th plague and the parting the Red Sea where pretty interesting. In any case, the Prince of Egypt animated musical is 5 stars worthy.