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'Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet': EW Review

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Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
84 minutes
release date:
08/07/15
genre:
animation

We gave it a B

Kahlil Gibran’s 1923 book The Prophet—in which the Lebanese author waxes poetic on all matters of living, from love to sorrow—proves fertile soil for this nobly ambitious animated movie. Writer-director Roger Allers (The Lion King) and producer Salma Hayek have taken eight of the book’s vignettes and overlaid them with a cloying story about the titular prophet (Liam Neeson).

Gibran’s little life lessons have been turned into three-minute haiku by different animators and spread across the film. Each one soars (especially clay painter Joan Gratz’s color-bursting snippet, “On Work”), even if the plot holding them together is frustratingly Disneyish. B

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