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The Tale of Despereaux

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The Tale of Despereaux

The Tale of Despereaux

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
G
runtime:
87 minutes
Wide Release Date:
12/19/08
performer:
Matthew Broderick, Emma Watson, Dustin Hoffman, Sigourney Weaver
director:
Sam Fell, Robert Stevenhagen
distributor:
Universal
author:
Will McRobb, Chris Viscardi
genre:
Comedy, Kids and Family, Animation

We gave it a C+

Based on Kate DiCamillo’s children’s book about a chivalrous mouse, The Tale of Despereaux looks like an illuminated manuscript brought to life. The screen glows with Renaissance golds, mice dressed like serfs, and a princess with Botticelli hair draped over a permanently foreshortened face. Too bad the story’s such a mess. As Despereaux (Matthew Broderick) tries to foil a royal kidnapping, his tale snags on loose-knit subplots about a seafaring rat (Dustin Hoffman), and a kingdom-wide obsession with soup. The latter, involving a snooty French chef and visions of floating veggies, gives the movie a whiff of leftover Ratatouille. C+

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