Becky and I took the kids to see The Tale of Despereaux yesterday at the Kerasotes theaters in Castle Rock, CO. The Rotten Tomatoes movie website at The Tale of Despereaux describes the movie as follows:
“Once upon a time, in the faraway kingdom of Dor, there was magic in the air, raucous laughter aplenty and gallons of mouth-watering soup. But a terrible accident left the king broken-hearted, the princess filled with longing and the townsfolk despondent. All hope was lost in a land where sunlight disappeared and the world became dreary gray. Until Despereaux Tilling was born… A brave and virtuous mouse, Despereaux is simply too big for his small world…”
The Tale of Despereaux can be summed up in a short story…
“Once upon a time there were some Hollywood executives who said, “We need a movie for the Christmas holiday season that parents will take their kids too and we can pull in 10 million on opening weekend. We don’t care if the plot is terrible, the story is dark, convoluted and somewhat twisted, but as long as we put a cute mouse in it and a fancy name we’ll attract kids of all ages and parents with cash.” and so it happened that the movie was made, the executives were right and they opened up with $10 million at the box office. The end.”
This is a goofy cartoon that has an evil cat, an evil rat, a group of whacky mice, a mixed up king and his princess, a confused servant girl and a hero mouse who is not believable. Within the first ten minutes the Queen dies by drowning in her bowl of soup, that was really enjoyable and made for good Holiday cheer. The rats are ready to eat anything and everything, including the mice and are as wicked as can get. The servant girl is self seeking and misguided as she kidnaps the princess.
The bottom line is that this movie was messed up and we wouldn’t recommend it. Our kids liked it somewhat, but kids like just about any animated flick regardless of the content. Hollywood has this pegged and they can put out just about anything over the Holidays and get sales. Our advice is to skip this one and wait for the rental, if you are desperate to see it.
John – * Don’t Bother
Becky – * Don’t Bother
Conroy – ** Rental
Corban- *** Worth The Trip
Bianca – *** Worth The Trip Employee of the Month buy
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