Pretty but boring — 3 years ago
There’s some stiff competition when it comes to animation. Even the funniest animationmovie’s (Shrek, Nemo,…) bring some sort of point across. Being different, love, family… For Despereaux, I think the main theme is bravery.
But at the end I’m not really sure what bravery is. Despereaux is brave because he’s not afraid of anything. So being brave is being fearless? Some would call that careless… Also, the rat Roscuro at the end is brave, for rescuing the princess out of a situation he put her into. Then there’s the story of the princess who lost her mother, the king who mourns his wife, a father who lost his daughter, the maid who dreams of being a princess, the super chef who’s forbidden to make his trademark soup… It’s just too much basically. This story has a lot of potential, I did really like the style of animation, but it misses focus.
One more thing I must rant about. The guy made from veggies and fruits… what’s up with him? What’s his point? Besides spiking the soup and running Despereaux to the rat world? I could find absolutely no reason why he couldn’t have been replaced by the cook or.. well basically any character not made from carrots and cherries… The rest of the movie could have been absolutely perfect, but this completely useless character would have still ruined it for me.