Dave’s 3-Word Review:
No, Jake Gyllenhaal.
This film was selected from ‘The 250’
For some reason or another, it always surprises me when I haven’t actually seen a Disney movie. I know that I’ve seen several, but somewhere out there lurks plenty I have yet to see. That’s probably because when they were released, I was less than ecstatic to see what they were all about. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was interestingly enough on the list of movies I couldn’t have cared less about. I don’t know what it was about the promotion that didn’t hit my interest, but I never did end up seeing it until now. What did I think? When it comes right down to it, it was exactly what I thought it would be.
You have this guy named Dastan. As a boy, he showed the true characteristics of loyalty, and I guess a king adopted him, ultimately making him a “Prince of Persia”. However, when the king is murdered, Prince Dastan is framed for the crime, and it is up to him and Princess Tamina to clear their names and maybe change the past while they’re at it. In their possession is a magical artifact – a dagger that holds the ability to go back in time one full minute. In order to go back further, they must find the source of the dagger’s power.
First off, let me state that this movie, while visually appealing, had some flaws in the writing. Especially in terms of character and story development. They clearly wanted to focus everything on a lot of action, violence, and artsy visual effects, but as for practically everything else? I was less than impressed. The entire introduction to Dastan’s character is over in something like… three minutes, and suddenly he’s a Prince with a ton of skills, and you just…have to accept that. The story itself also goes by super fast to get to the “dagger” storyline, and it just seems so rushed and cluttered – as if it were written by completely mindless imbeciles that only care about action. Either that, or the script was really short and lazy, and said something like – “really cool fight scene here,” or “CGI vomit there”.
I don’t mean to completely bash the thing – because all things considered, those fight scenes were really well done. As were the visual effects. It’s not a movie that you would consider boring by any means, but if you actually like story, you may feel super cheated like me. Yeah, yeah, it’s one of those video game-based movies, so who cares about story in the end, right? I do. Me. It’s a movie, and you still require a good story in the end for it to be successful. Okay, so let’s ignore the story and visuals for a minute and focus on the performances.
I don’t think any of the performances were bad per se, but none were really memorable. I think Jake Gyllenhaal did his best in the role of Prince of Persia, but I’m sorry guys…that accent just sounded horrible on him. Maybe it’s just me, but it was like nails on a chalk board. We all know his voice, I mean…you could pick it out in a cartoon its well-known enough. Changing it for this movie hurt my head every time he spoke on screen. Again, maybe it was just me, but I’m glad the movie is over and I don’t have to hear him struggle with a fake accent anymore.
At the heart of the thing, the film is still Disney, and as such, is an acceptable movie to be seen by an entire family – which is always a positive. Beyond that, the action, violence, and use of visual effects used in the flick were top notch and a heck of a lot of fun to watch.
The character and story development was as useless as the points on Whose Line is it Anyway? Seriously, I haven’t seen so much blatant disregard to real substance in order to pave way for more action in a while. Not a smart movie, fellas.
This film marks the second PG-13 rated movie under the Walt Disney Pictures label in the United States. The first was Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl