Movie Title: The Prince of Egypt
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 1 hr. and 39 min.
Who did I watch with?: My Class
Where did I watch it?: Work
The Prince of Egypt is an animated bible story with an all-star voice acting cast. I am an atheist and I think bible stories are a load of malarkey. Especially Exodus, which has very little historical background information to support it. This is always tricky at work when I have to teach about Egypt and Ancient Israel because so much of the Israel portion of the unit is based on conjecture which is largely based on the bible. My textbook does not do a particularly good job of pointing out that it only has one principle source.
With that said, I like to use The Prince of Egypt to preview or wrap up the unit. It does a good job of telling an entertaining version of the biblical story with the principle elements intact. Everyone knows the story, so I will glaze over it and just talk about the voice acting for a minute. The movie has every star from the late 90s in it. Val Kilmer is Mosis, Ralph Fiennes is Ramses, and Michelle Pfeiffer is Moses’s love interest Tzipporah. We even get minor roles from some of my favorite actors like Patrick Stewart, Jeff Goldblum, and Helen Mirren. They all do a great job and make the movie. If the voice acting had been shoddy it wouldn’t be worth watching. The music and songs are also very well done and fit the traditional Disney style. The Prince of Egypt knew what Disney boxes it needed to check and it did so with zest.
The Prince of Egypt is a quality movie. Tender loving care was clearly put into it. If you need to teach about Ancient Israel or you teach Sunday School then give it a shot Otherwise, I would say skip it.
Tomorrow’s Movie: Black Panther (2018)