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PCR # 172  (Vol. 4, No. 28)  This edition is for the week of July 7--13, 2003.

This Week's PCR
Movie Review
"Sinbad:
  Legend of the Seven Seas"

Movie review by:
Ashley Lauren
Three stars

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Starring the voices of: Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer, Joseph Fiennes
Directed by: Tim Johnson and Patrick Gilmore
Rated: PG
Running Time: 1 hour 23 mins

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas sunk at the box office this last weekend and the critics tore it apart. I disagree completely with the way this enjoyable Dreamworks cartoon has been treated.

Sinbad is the classic story of a pirate (Brad Pitt) trying to make a buck. It opens with Sinbad attempting to steal the book of peace from a ship on it way to Syracuse where it will be kept safe. His plan is to steal it and sell it so that he and his men can retire to Fiji. Little does he know the Goddess of Chaos, Eris (Michelle Pfieffer), has other plans for him. Eris wants Sinbad to steal the book for her and she promises to reward him in the end, obviously its all apart of her deception.

The protector of the ship on its journey is Proteus a former friend of Sinbad. The two ride to Syracuse together where he sees the lovely Marina (Catherine Zeta-Jones) whom is engaged to Proteus. This idea makes Sinbad unhappy and he tries to escape from town without anyone noticing he is gone. That night the book is stolen by Eris herself but Sinbad is blamed for it and sentenced to death. This was the only part of the movie that didn't really make sense. Why did she make him the offer in the first place if she could do it herself? Regardless, his friend Proteus stands up for him and asks the councel of the seven seas to let Sinbad retrieve the book and bring it back safely to prove his innocence. The councel agrees and the Prince, Proteus, goes to jail until he returns. Marina sneaks her way onto the ship and plans to travel with the men and this makes Sinbad crazy but she buys him off. In the end all is well of course, and Marina ends up in love with Sinbad and vice versa. Proteus doesn't seem to mind too much and gives them his best wishes. Yes, this is fiction.

I thought the movie was cute and done well. I think the problem is that people are so spoiled with these computer-animated children's movies that they can't seem to appreciate a good old cartoon anymore. SOme of the scenes in the movie are very imaginative and beautifully done. Eris' world and the sirens scene is true brilliance in cartoon movie making. The character of Marina was my favorite. She is a tough girl and very optimistic on life. She isn't a tomboy but at the same time isn't afraid to get her clothes dirty and do somethign risky. She is a good character for young girls to relate too. She has balls but is ladylike about it!

The movie was well done in my opinion and was much better than I though it would be. Lack of advertsing hurt this movie plus the fact that it came out so close to Finding Nemo. This is a good movie for kids and adults alike. Although, I think Sinbad was better then Nemo, the general public doesn't seem to agree.

I give Sinbad  Three stars


This week's movie review of "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas" is ©2003 by Ashley Lauren.  All graphics this page are creations of Nolan B. Canova, ©2003, all rights reserved. All contents of "Nolan's Pop Culture Review" are ©2003 by Nolan B. Canova.