UPDATED: 2:15 a.m. EDT July 2, 2003
'Sinbad: Legend Of The Seven Seas' (PG)
(out of four)
Hip, hip hooray for one of the most rollicking adventures of the year -- "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas."
Dreamworks SKG is finally giving Disney a run for its animation money with this rip-roaring, roller-coaster ride of a movie featuring a loveable scoundrel pirate, a good-hearted prince and an evil shape-shifting sea goddess.
An all-star voice cast doesn't hurt matters any, but the story is also a major asset. The writers don't really use the legends of Sinbad, but take the character and create an adventure around him.
Brad Pitt plays the voice of Sinbad with glee and relish, putting a swagger in his voice that makes the two-dimensional artwork come alive. As his feisty ally, Princess Marina, Catherine Zeta-Jones is a beautiful combination of gutsy adventurer and feminine allure.
In "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas," Sinbad is after a treasure that will let him retire to Fiji for the rest of his life. The trouble is, the treasure is guarded and guided by his childhood friend, Prince Proteus (Joseph Fiennes).
Proteus has been entrusted with the legendary Book of Peace, the guardian of the 12 cities.
But Sinbad isn't the only one who wants to steal the Book of Peace. Eris (Michelle Pfeiffer), the sea Goddess of Chaos is manipulating events to get her slimy hands on the book, so she can send the 12 cities into a dark age of chaos. Her minions steal the book and frame Sinbad for it. Proteus takes his place in jail, so that Sinbad can prove his innocence and retrieve the book.
Sinbad must literally travel to the end of the world and through the gates of Tarterus to get the book back and save the prince from the executioner's blade.
The animation has a wonderful sense of depth and height, almost like you are on an amusement ride and swooping through the air and the waves with the same wild abandon as Sinbad.
The creation of the transparent, watery sirens is especially exquisite, almost as mesmerizing as the creatures' songs that lure men to their doom.
Girls get a strong-willed heroine to cheer for and boys get to vicariously be pirates, so "Sinbad: Legend Of The Seven Seas" is a entertaining popcorn movie for the whole family. Join the adventure.
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