Prince of Egypt

99 min.

A shorter animation, also to be found on Netflix, and possibly with an ever better soundtrack than that of my previous watched film, but it would be a close call.

I watched Prince of Egypt before, possibly even in the cinema. I can remember it being an Event and through the years it’s always (online) been a classic or at least the favourite of a generation. To watch it with older eyes is a risk, but I did it.

It still works. The animation is more beautiful than the C+P of today’s productions, the soundtrack is intense, the story is – even for heathens like me – appealing. I honestly don’t understand why the Vatican didn’t finance studios to do many biblical stories like this; I wonder if people turned to Christianity after watching Prince of Egypt.

Anyway, just telling you it won’t disappoint. I’m sure you still know the lines of When You Believe.

Ever After

121 min.

Van sommige films neem je gewoon aan dat je ze vast wel eens gezien hebt. Voor mij is één daarvan Ever After: A Cinderella Story. Nineties, romantische comedy? Drew Barrymore? Vast! Nou niet dus. Gelukkig is dat nu eindelijk recht gezet.

ever-after-a-cinderella-story-movie-poster-1998Ever After is weer een versie van het Assepoester-sprookje, maar deze keer met extra ruggegraat. Schoonmoeder Anjelica Huston (altijd fijn om te volgen) doet het er maar mee. En daar doet ze haar best voor ook, met dochters/stiefzussen als ammunitie en collateral damage.

Zo valt het heel mee met de mierzoetigheid en wijze levenslessen en is de film niet meer en niet minder dan een aandoenlijk plezier om naar te kijken.

Ever After: A Cinderella Story, Twentieth Century Fox 1998

Holes

There is no lake at Camp Green Lake.

It’s like a Mad Max fairy tale. Mostly because of the location being the desert and the adults being cruel, dubiously acting monsters, not so much for the end of the world/post-apocalyptic part.

Stanley (‘Caveman’) is sent to Camp Green Lake so he doesn’t has to go to juvenile jail. There’s no green or lake at the camp, Stanley’s innocent and the only thing the teenagers do all they is dig holes. To build character, it is said.

Of course that’s not all there is to it. Stanley’s story is entwined with the story of Green Lake, giving a magic realistic feel to the story of a lost boy. There is definitely something very wrong with (almost) all the adults, giving the novel a tender us-against-the-world feeling.

Louis Sachar makes the desert sand almost heat up the pages, showing an unfriendly world with surprising allies.

Holes, Louis Sachar, Douglas & McIntyre Ltd. 1998