Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 2003. DreamWorks, DreamWorks Animation. Screenplay by John Logan. Produced by Jeffrey Katzenberg, Mireille Soria. Music by Harry Gregson-Williams. Production Design by Raymond Zibach. Film Editing by Tom Finan.
For all the effort that was put into making and marketing this grand adventure, the end result is disappointing. While the animation is some of the most beautiful drawing and effects ever seen in its medium, the story and character development leave a hell of a lot to be desired. A weak performance from Brad Pitt as the title character doesn’t help any (his speaking voice has always been his worst trait), nor does the work by Catherine Zeta-Jones, who just sounds bored to be there at all. The only time the movie really comes to life is when the effects animators put themselves to work, or when Michelle Pfeiffer‘s sexy goddess of Chaos is on screen. She sounds like she’s having such a good time playing this character that the energy is palpable. The story has the roguish pirate Sinbad framed for stealing the world’s most precious object, the Book Of Peace, the result being that his best friend Proteus (Joseph Fiennes) could possibly die if it isn’t returned. He is commissioned to voyage to the far ends of the earth to find it, but selfish Sinbad decides to set sail for Fiji for some fun and sun until he realizes that Proteus’ fiance Marina (Zeta-Jones) has stowed away on his ship to make sure he sticks to helping her betrothed out of his circumstance. They travel the world, with evil Eris (Pfeiffer) making their quest as complicated as possible. You’ll love looking at it, but when it’s over you’ll feel unsatisfied.