The Ten Commandments
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"The Ten Commandments" follows the biblical story of Moses and the Exodus more closely, but it isn't nearly as entertaining or as well written as "The Prince of Egypt," and the animation in "The Ten Commandments" is a little odd, reminiscent of a video game. "The Prince of Egypt" ends after the parting of the Red Sea, but "The Ten Commandments" continues through the giving of the Ten Commandments to the end of Exodus, including the introduction of Joshua and the death of Moses.
I teach religion at a Catholic girls' prep school, and in my ninth-grade World Religions class, I use short excerpts from "The Ten Commandments" to illustrate Moses's encounter with God via the burning bush and the giving of the Ten Commandments. In my eleventh-grade Scripture course, I show large chunks of "The Prince of Egypt," which many of my students adore and have watched repeatedly, and one of our exercises is comparing the film with the biblical text to note the differences and to consider what we think of the artistic liberties that were taken in the film.
The story follows the Bible closely with scary scene tastefully done up. A good resource to introduce bible stories to kids, sunday school, etc. A MUST for any Church Sunday School Library.
The Ten Commandments with Elliot Gould is an excellent claymation movie for the whole family. the characterizations, the acting, the cinematography is well done and first rate. relive the story of moshe ha navee (the prophet)and the great miracles that Yahweh (blessed be his name forever)did through his prophet. i thoroughly enjoyed this film. we need more movies like this in hollywood. every jewish person and christian should support this film and what better way than to buy the film. what is important about this film is that bible movies can make a difference not only in people's lives but can also tell hollywood there is an alternative to their disgusting graphic movies that have very litle ie no moral values what so ever. i know people will criticize this film and give very few stars for a rating. iam not a critic of any movie that shows decency, moral values, and is based on the bible even though there is fiction in the film. Val Kilmer, Elliot Gould, and the rest of the cast did a splendid performance.
Even though the CG animation could still be improved; the best thing going for this animated film is that it sticks very closely to the biblical account. Some of the scenes/ features I liked the most:
1) The 10 Plagues: it shows all of the plagues, and highlights the contest between Pharaoh claiming to be a god and Jehovah God, speaking through Moses his prophet. The script emphasizes the confrontation between the true God versus the gods of Egypt. All the plagues were depicted (Nile into blood, frogs, lice, locusts, boils, darkness, and killing of firstborn). This depiction was superior to that of both "Ten Commandments" movies (both 1961 and 2003).
2) The Parting of the Red Sea: this animation closely follows the Charlton Heston (10 Commandments) scene of the Parting of the Red Sea; however it ends with Moses shouting praise to God (the new song in Exod 15)
3) The actors did a commendable job in the voice-overs: (Christian Slater as Moses, Alfred Molina as the Pharaoh Ramses)
Some good scenes:
1) The Burning Bush -- it is very complete and follows the Exodus 3 text closely. The LORD tells Moses, " I Am That I Am" and then tells him to take the sandals off his feet; the LORD also tells Moses to put his staff into the ground (and it becomes a snake), and to put his hand in his cloak (and it becomes leprous). The only weakness in this depiction is that Moses does not kneel down or fall prostrate before the LORD; it would have been better if the movie depicted Moses showing more awe toward the LORD.Read more ›
There are some interesting reviews floating around for this movie. More than a few reviews I have read online seem to have mentioned that the computer animation was sub-par. I believe this is due to some weaker character designs being more prominent towards the beginning of the movie; some of the childrens' faces are really not the strongest. They aren't prominant figures, and the bulk of the character designs are good or great for this genre. Which seems to mean exaggerated features and rubbery people--this is the standard even for a Pixar movie. That stated, the overwhelming majority is top-notch, the faces are actually quite expressive and help carry the story along in places.Read more ›
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