The Movie Symposium: The Prince of Egypt
Rameses. King of Egypt Pharaoh of the Exodus The morning and the evening However, in The Prince of Egypt, he and Moses were raised as brothers and the . Rameses II (c BC BC) is the son of Seti I and Tuya, the adoptive However, in The Prince of Egypt, he and Moses were raised as brothers and Rameses is one of the few Dreamworks villains to be considered a tragic villain, mostly from his close relationship he has with Moses in the movie. . [Expand] Songs. Of course, there was natural sadness when The Prince Of Egypt play was relationship between Moses and his adopted brother Ramses.
I think probably the strongest part of this movie is the relationship between Moses and Rameses. What makes this relationship so strong is the fact that its not because of Rameses that Moses leaves Egypt. He leaves because of something their father did. Moses says when he returns to Egypt that Rameses is still in his heart and is still his brother, but they are separated by what is expected of them and what their destinies are.
And this is developed really well. If you don't have a connection of the religious manner of this story, you might find a connection in the brotherly turmoil that happens in this story. Like I said before, Rameses has all this responsibility laid on him. He's got a legacy to live up to. On a second watch, I identified a lot more with Rameses and his struggles than I ever had.
I'd love to watch his movie from his perspective. Even though he's in the wrong, because you know You have to empathize with him. And then you have Moses who comes in, tasked by a burning bush to free his people.
That's a strong motivation. Again, kind of going back to Rameses's point of view, his brother who he thought was dead shows up preaching about a god he's never heard of.
What is he suppose to do? And that really is one of the strengths of the movie. This duality between Moses and Rameses, the shift from brothers to enemies in this film is done really well and that's why the film doesn't go beyond the last time Moses sees Rameses.
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This could have been an animated version of The 10 Commandments, but there's only a slight mention to events after the Hebrew's flight from Egypt because that's not the main focus.
And that's what I kind of like about this film. Again, you can totally get your religious fill from this film. It definitely has those tones. On top of that, knowing the story from the Bible, I do know that the movie takes direct lines from the Bible and puts it in the film. The song playing during the part where the 10 plagues are hitting Egypt are definitely quoting scripture and kind of assume the wrath of God is coming down on Egypt. I mean its God himself coming down and tasking Moses.
But being a story from the Old Testament, it actually kind lends itself to being more of a story rather than a lesson or proof that Judaism or Christianity is the absolute correct faith.
You could interpret it that way, but I do think it lends itself to being accessible to people outside of the faith by the way its set up more like a story. And the relationship between Moses and Rameses really is the final mark of that narrative. In the end, The Prince of Egypt is a pretty darn good interpretation of the story from Exodus. Whether or not your Jewish or Christian, its going to be a fun ride and I think anybody can enjoy it.
I don't consider it overly preachy, especially with other movies that I have seen that have gone out of their way to be preachy. Its just a good in run of the story of Moses as told in the Bible.
A couple other things worth mentioning about this movie is the cast. Its an all star cast. Patrick Stewart played their father. Now as a kid, I wasn't so into who did the voices for what and who played what.
Unfortunately, on a second watch, its a little bit more obvious in certain places. Fans of Jeff Goldblum or Patrick Stewart might pick up on their characters right away. I know Steve Martin and Martin Short might be pretty obvious as well. So it kind of depends on how much that takes you out of the experience. Though I watched it this time around with an easier time picking out Steve Martin's voice, when I thought of his tone and how he and all the other actors were giving it their all, it kind of only took me out for a moment and then I was back in.
That might be something to watch out for. The other thing worth mentioning is the music.
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I really like the music in the movie. They're really these large scale orchestral pieces and they really are impactful. As far as movie musicals go, this is how you string together music to make a cohesive story.
Furthermore, the people they get to sing these songs were incredibly good.
Moses’ Relationships with Rameses and God
Rameses was shocked and confused, and ran after his brother as he fled; he showed little concern over the death of the guard and even told Moses that, as royalty, he could see to it that the crime would never be heard of again. However, Moses was too full of regret and confusion and fled into the desert, leaving Rameses alone in Egypt.
Taking The Throne Rameses, the ruler of Egypt. During Moses' time in the desert, Rameses had taken power following the death of his father, and the oppression of the Hebrews had become worse as Rameses continued to build, determined to make a legacy as great as that of his father. When Moses returned, Rameses was overjoyed. Hotep and Huy were quick to try and ruin the reunion, however, by insisting Rameses enforce the death sentence on Moses for killing the guard; however, Rameses dismissed them and proclaimed Moses innocent of all crimes and a prince of Egypt.
Unfortunately for Rameses, Moses was charged by God to stand against Rameses and free the Hebrews, which soon caused a confrontation between the two brothers. Conflict With Moses Rameses refusing Moses' pleas. When Moses transformed his staff into a cobra as his first miracle, Rameses was amused and had Hotep and Huy perform a magic act of their own in an attempt to make Moses see otherwise.
Following this event, he motioned to Moses to follow him to a secluded area so as to talk alone. Once Rameses was away from the public eye, he conversed more openly with Moses, trying to justify not only his own actions but that of his father.
However, he was visibly hurt when Moses rejected his words and handed back the ring Rameses had given him when he promoted him to Chief Architect. Feeling betrayed, Rameses became angry, telling Moses "I do not know this God" and that he would not let the Hebrews be set free, also ranting that he would not become the weak link as his father previously told him.
Rameses then informed Moses that all slaves would have their workload doubled, implicitly blaming Moses. When the two next met, Rameses was enjoying a boat ride on the Nile with his son when Moses once again demanded that he set "his people free". Rameses unsuccessfully tried to ignore Moses and promptly ordered his guards to bring Moses to him. His guards attempted to capture Moses, only for God to turn the Nile River into blood as another of His miracles.
At first, Rameses was shocked at this show of power and demanded that Hotep and Huy explain how it was done.
When the two magicians replicated the miracle via the use of a dye, Rameses' fear subsided and he laughed it off, then warned Moses that the "joke" must now end, unaware that this was just the beginning. During the onset of the great darkness, Rameses was visited by Moses in the temple. They both recall the fun times they had shared together with Rameses wishing for things to back to the way they were before. His son suddenly appears and wonders why Moses is here after giving Egypt so much trouble.
Moses retorts back that Rameses' stubbornness was the real cause of all the trouble and pleads with him once more to let the Hebrews go, warning him that something much worse would happen if he refuses, resulting in the loss of everything he holds dear, including his own son. Rameses refuses to listen, paralleling his father when he expressed a desire to re-create the events of the massacre stating that his father may have had the right idea about dealing with the Hebrews ; this saddened Moses, who told Rameses that he had brought the final plague upon himself.
Thus, due to Rameses' hubris, the Tenth Plague was unleashed upon Egypt. The Angel of Death descended from the heavens and killed all of the kingdom's firstborn children, including Rameses' son, while the first-born children of the Hebrews were spared. Overwhelmed with grief, Rameses told Moses to go and take his people with him.
Moses tried to comfort Rameses for his loss by putting his hand on his shoulder, but he angrily pulled himself away and told Moses to leave him. Thus the Hebrews along with some Egyptians left Egypt behind and began their great exodus. Final Confrontation However, Rameses had not truly intended to let the Hebrews leave with their lives.