Prince of Egypt is one of the most underrated animated movie. With its best animation, excellent cast and mind blowing music by Hans Zimmer, it is truly a masterpiece. Experience the greatest tale based on a book of Exodus about Moses, an Egyptian prince who later in his life learns of his identity as an Israelite and about his destiny to be the chosen deliverer of his people. Two brother, one of royal blood and other an orphan with a secret. Watch these two brothers united by friendship get divided by destiny and their duties.
1. This isn't a propaganda tale bent on making you turn to Christianity, despite common misconception.Honestly, what makes this movie so fantastic in my opinion, is the way the movie handled the Jewish God. He seemed very sweet and kind when talking to Moses, yet his vengeful punishment was actually displayed with nuance. Moses didn't want it to be so. He didn’t want to be a holy soldier, who sang the glories of God hurting Egyptians. He was saddened by God's decision to choose him and it ate him up to face his brother when he did. God was a third party in this tale. The heart of the story was Moses and Ramses' conflict and their personal struggle.
It is fantastic drama that focuses on the character's paths and not the God they worship. It's quite brilliant in how they approached this story.
2. The heavy metal ‘Deliver us’ soundtrack“Deliver us!
Hear our prayer, deliver us!
From these famished years as slaves, we've grown too old to stand
Deliver us! There's a land you promised us!
Deliver us from the bondage and
Deliver us to the promised land.”
This heavy metal soundtrack comprises of the pain and prayers that the Hebrew slaves sing out. At the end of this beautiful number, baby Moses is placed in a basket on river, which the Queen of Egypt ends up finding and adopting.
Am I the only one who found that long note of 'deliver us' by the female singer hauntingly and painfully beautiful? I literally get the shivers, every time. Be sure to hear this number.
3. When You Believe(Many nights we pray)“When You Believe,” by Stephen Schwartz and Baby face, won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Need I say anymore?
Just be sure to not get overly emotionally for this song. Like, I'm over here choking back tears when Moses lifts his staff in the air and everyone joins in on the chorus. When the Hebrews failed to believe in Moses when he wished to free the Hebrew, this beautiful number is sung by his sister and thus begins the ultimate adventure.
4. Through Heaven’s Eyes‘A single thread in a tapestry/Though its color brightly shine
Can never see its purpose /In the pattern of the grand design
And the stone that sits on the very top /Of the mountain's mighty face
Does it think it's more important /Than the stones that form the base?’
Just hear this song already!! This old man definitely knew what life is and the integral roles we play in it. This motivating number is the perfect song to start your gloomy Monday mornings with a smile.
5. The songs that sung the unsung glories of the infamous nine Egyptian Plagues ‘The Plagues’These plagues are more symbolic than most people think. These plagues were a direct challenge to Ramses, who as Pharaoh thought himself as a God in his own right, and the plagues were to mock the Egyptian Gods. I am literally having chills throughout the whole song.
Here’s some memorable scenes, which are more powerful that one can ever imagine.
6. "I Am that I am"-God to Moses"I am that I am" is more powerful than most of us realize Personally, I find that line beautiful. I used to think that he just left it open-ended, like "it is what it is”. However his nature is "to be."
When God asks "Who made man's mouth? Who made the mute, the deaf, the seeing and the blind? Did not me?” it literally gives me shivers. Every single time.
7. “Goodbye brother”- Moses to RamsesIn the very end of this beautiful movie, when Ramses yells out Moses' name and he says "Goodbye brother”, it’s almost like in the beginning, when Moses was running away after killing that man except this time he'll never see him again.
This scene was incredible. The music & the visuals really hit me on an emotional level. One of the best animated films ever created in my opinion.
8. "And there shall be a great cry throughout all of Egypt, such as there never has been or ever will be again.”- Ramses to MosesRamses wasn’t wrong but that cry was Egyptian not Hebrew(which Ramses warned) This scene is powerful and heartbreaking enough but to me, it's the barely audible crying and wailing in the background of the thousands of parents finding their firstborn children dead is what really seals the deal. Such an amazing moment in film.
Moses clearly warned Ramses what would happen if he didn't let his pride go, but he still chose not to listen and God ended up showing him up by bringing about the worst plague: The Death of The First Born(by inadvertly killing Ramses’ son)
9. "Why can't things be the way they were before?"That was the line that shafted my heart, because it shows that they both still care for each other. Moses said he wished that God had chosen someone else. Neither of them wanted to fight each other, but as adults, they have responsibilities that they wanted to uphold. I thought this scene was so sad, because it gives us a glimpse of Moses and Ramses’ almost reconnecting, but then being torn apart again by their separate ideals and missions in life.
This is so heartbreaking. All slavery aside, the relationship itself is so heartbreaking. Ramses is clearly struggling and has this vision of power drilled into him by his father. He really just missed his brother, and the past life they had before Moses found out about his own past. Best character development I've ever seen in an animated film.
Religious or not, I'm sure we can all agree that this is definitely a masterpiece with A-list voice talents and memorable songs. This movie has some of the greatest visual effects – be it the parting of the Red Sea or the chariot race/ This 1998 DreamWorks animated film based on Exodus, turns 19 this year and we couldn’t control our nostalgia.