Reviewed by: Jonathan Rothgeb
Starring: Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dennis Haysbert, Joseph Fiennes | Directed by: Tim Johnson, Patrick Gilmore | Produced by: Jeffrey Katzenberg, Mireille Soria, John Wells | Written by: John Logan | Distributor: Dreamworks
When I was a kid, I was a big fan of such gallant tales such as “The Arabian Nights” and “Treasure Island” and “Gulliver’s Travels.” First, in movie form then, as I grew older, in written form. One of my favorite movies was “The Adventures of Sinbad.” Now, I realize that this particular story has been done to death, but I never tired of seeing this courageous character dash across the screen to take on mythical creatures, save the damsel, and get the treasure. It is a part of every boy’s fantasy!
Dreamworks Studios has done a wonderful job of bringing this magical tale to the children of today. The story has changed somewhat from what I remember as a youth, but then again, I have seen several films based on this character and they all seem to vary slightly. In this version, we see a dashing Sinbad (Brad Pitt) as he attempts to take the “Book of Peace” from his boyhood friend Proteus (Joseph Fiennes). In the process, they are interrupted by the villain Eris (Michelle Pfeiffer), goddess of the underworld.
Eris frames Sinbad for the theft of the book and is found guilty. His friend Proteus, convinced of Sinbad’s innocence, trades his life for Sinbad’s. Sinbad is given a limited time to recover the book and stop the execution of his friend. Sinbad battles the creatures that Eris sends his way, and his own desire to put himself first and flee.
To help on this quest Proteus’ finacee, Marina (Katherine Zeta-Jones), stows away on the ship and soon the two discover that they make a great team. Together with the rest of Sinbad’s crew they travel to Eris’ realm to face the ultimate test of friendship and truth.
In the real world, we too are on a quest for peace and truth. At times that we battle our own demons, only to face the reality that we are our own worst enemy. We must make a decision to turn from what may be easy but wrong to follow a more difficult road of truth through Jesus Christ.
I recommend this film, but be aware that there are some pretty intense scenes that may be a bit over the top for the very young.