By Tanya Batson-Savage, Staff Reporter
Marina (Catherine Zeta-Jones) has proven herself to Sinbad's crew, which is behind her. - Contributed
SINBAD: LEGEND of the Seven Seas has all the elements of a good action-adventure movie. It is a joyride across the seas, peopled with interesting heroes who face near impossible odds and lots of humour. Of course, just a touch of romance is also thrown in to make the picture complete.
Sinbad and his trusty crew are on their way to the ends of the earth (where else do good action adventures take place?) to rescue the Book of Peace from a goddess, who happens to be addicted to mayhem. This is a particularly noble venture, if you ignore the fact that he had earlier tried to steal a few other things. The journey allows them to encounter a giant bird which thinks that they are food, a giant fish and, of course the bane of all hard-working adventurers, sirens.
The movie is fast-paced, as Sinbad: Legend of The Seven Seas piles on the action as soon as the movie begins. Although the plot seems initially very simple, the human element adds a few complications to make it more interesting. Additionally, though the movie is rated PG the fighting sequences, though all blood and gore are avoided, are quite interesting.
Directed by Patrick Gilmore and Tim Johnson, the movie uses quite a few talented actors in the cast. Brad Pitt commands the title role, while Catherine Zeta-Jones plays Marina. Michelle Pfeiffer gives over her blond tresses to take on magical evil as Eris, the Goddess of Chaos.
The supporting roles also involve some very strong actors. Dennis Haybert (of 24 and Far From Heaven) plays Sinbad's first mate, Kayle, while Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love and Elizabeth) plays his long-time friend and all around honourable good guy, Proteus.
Seth Engstrom and David James (XVIII) do fabulous jobs as art directors. The artwork is beautiful. The lines, use of colour and depth of the images are simply breathtaking. Whether the images are of the people, the sea or land, it is wonderfully created. Evidently, a lot of imagination went into producing Sinbad.
The epitome of the creativity employed can be seen in the mythical sirens. These creatures, known for luring sailors to their deaths, were not merely beautifully drawn. Instead, depicted as almost solidified water (still managing to be sexy, if you ignore the evil on their faces when they are close), they were uniquely conceptualised.
John Logan creates a very witty script and manages to balance the family fun with adult compatible humour. There are several funny moments, many of which will shoot right over the youngsters heads, as they are directly aimed at the adults. Additionally, the characters created are quite interesting.
Sinbad is the kind of hero you love to love. The quintessential dashing rogue, he is good-looking, brave, can fight like a demon and has slightly questionable honour. That is, he has sufficient good qualities to deep him on the side of the white knights, but just a touch of villainy to make him more interesting. He is more than adequately voiced by Brad Pitt, who embodied the charming rogue.
Sinbad's character is easily balanced by Miranda. She is quite fun to watch and adequately combines sassy and sexy. Additionally, she can easily hold her own, whether on ship or on land.
Much of the humour also comes from Sinbad's shipmates. Rat (played by Adriano Giannini) is one of the characters that bring in many of the laughs.
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas is quite fun to watch from beginning to end. The only thing one has to worry about is the packs of children who will probably fill the theatres. But if you can brave them, or have some of your own, then the movie is certainly worth a watch.
If it comes down to a choice between it and Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, for your own good chose Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas.
Don't let the animation fool you.