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The Tale of Despereaux

Review by Mark Lengieza

When I first saw the trailer for Tale of Despereaux, my immediate reaction was “That mouse is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.”  I was instantly drawn to it by the animation, which is definitely different from what you are use to seeing by now from the likes of Pixar and DreamWorks.  It has a classic feel to it, and it is definitely very cute.  But can that carry a film on its own?

In my opinion, definitely not, but has another thing going for it besides being undeniably cute.  The story is very good.  You can obviously tell it comes from a children’s book (one I have not read) but you can tell why it was so well received.  Despereaux has everything a kid’s movie should have.  It has great morals.  It is very clean.  There is a sense of adventure and danger that our hero must overcome.  It’s not too scary.  The jokes are suitable for all ages.  It has it all.

That being said, it doesn’t have the real “wow” factor that Pixar has given us over the years.  It is a normal kid’s movie.  It’s not particularly funny.  It is very cute; the initial reaction to the trailer was not off by any means.  That’s probably the best way to describe the film.  I just don’t see people talking about this one in 5 years.  It is a very useable kid’s movie, but nothing to make it stand out.

I would definitely want my kids to see this (if I had any, that is) because it is a good storyl I don’t think they will be bored with it and there is a lot to learn from that little mouse.  The strong moral lessons are probably the strongest aspect the film has to offer.  The littlest mouse with the biggest heart and the most courage showed those much bigger than he what it means to be brave and to make a difference.  All in all, I enjoyed myself watching the film, and certainly left with a smile on my face.  The kids in the theater with me seemed to love it too.  I give it a personal recommendation, even if it is just a once-over viewing.

A very “cute” 3 / 5 stars

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