Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (2015)
Critic Consensus: Kahlil Gibran's the Prophet is a thrillingly lovely adaptation of the classic text, albeit one that doesn't quite capture the magic of its source material.
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Critic Reviews for Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet
Unfortunately the drawn-out, drably rendered framing device that strings together these flights of fancy does them no service, and the devout detours merely detract from the minimal appeal of the story.
With top-shelf talent like Bill Plympton, Tomm Moore and Nina Paley on board, it's no surprise that the segments are as attractive as they are different.
For audiences interested in an earnest, inspirational story, full of timeless messages and beautiful animation, this is a lovely reminder of how to live life with purpose and joy.
The eight independently produced vignettes, culled from Gibran's larger work and strung together by director Roger Allers to create a storyline where there was none, are an entertaining lot.
Audience Reviews for Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet
You go with it, or you don't. If you find the actual poems themselves twee and full of blather, you won't care a jot about this sumptuously animated work that reconfigures Gibran's works into little epistles as a poet-radical in an unnamed Mesopotamian country (Lebanon) is possibly walked to freedom, or his doom. The framing story is handsomely done but conventional (a misunderstood rebellious child, a cute animal sidekick, Parents Just Don't Understand, etc.); the treat here is watching various animators in different styles illuminate Gibran's poems--"On Work" "On Marriage" "On Children" "On Death" etc. These snippets are gorgeous and soul-nourishing, not just because of the take-it-or-leave it poetry (I took it), but because of one's appreciation for the care, labor, and imagination that went into each short. ("Children" and "Work" are especially notable.) Kids won't get it, but audiences who thought "Inside Out" was a little too much inside-the-box will likely be richly rewarded.
The obvious audience for this are devotees of Kahlil Gibran. He is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao Tzu, so he obviously has his admirers. If an array of animated shorts depicting his words sounds captivating, then I'd surely recommend this to you. The series of 8 videos presented here are all of noble quality - pretty images with spoken word narration. A couple have music to accompany them. My favorite was Nina Paley's "On Children". The shadow puppets of Indonesia inspire a mesmerizing visual tableau accompanied by a song by Damien Rice. It presents a pregnant female archer who shoots an arrow into the belly of another pregnant woman, thus giving birth to another human being. It's utterly hypnotic. The entire movie was produced by actress Salma Hayek, who also gives voice to one of the characters, and supervised by director Roger Allers (The Lion King). The talent behind the camera is considerable and the intentions are clearly heartfelt. It's a pleasant diversion, but far from necessary viewing. For die-hard fans of Kahlil Gibran's poetry, however, it should prove enchanting. fastfilmreviews.com
Despite an overlong and somewhat overly juvenile opening sequence, the film settles down into a beautifully animated, thoughtful meditation on various aspects of life and where they derive their origins from. Viewers who can make it past the first 15-20 minutes of the film will be rewarded with a gorgeous, inspiring film. Hang in there -- it's ultimately worth the wait.
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