The Tale of Despereaux Movie Review

December 29, 2008

PhotobucketI was pretty excited to see that one of our favorite books, The Tale of Despereaux, by one of our favorite authors, Kate DiCamillo, became a movie.

Caleb even recommended it in his post about recommended kid’s books.

I took the younger kids to see it Saturday. (My oldest broke my heart by refusing to go. His excuse was “I’ve read the book like 3 or 4 times mom!” but I think the real reason is he’s getting too old for these kinds of movies.”) My 7 and 5 year old loved it, and the youngest sat through it quite nicely.

Here’s mom’s official review of the movie.
Despereaux is a lovable mouse who just doesn’t fit in. Much to his parent’s dismay, he doesn’t cower. He doesn’t scurry. And he’s not afraid of cats and carving knives either. Instead of eating books, he reads them. He has the heart of a gentleman.

His antics eventually get him banished from the Mouse Kingdom, but thus begins the greatest adventure of his life.

In the town in which Despereaux lives, everyone is heartbroken because the Queen’s death led to the King’s banishing rats and, worst of all, soup. There is no sunshine and no rain. This is a town who needs a hero.

Kate DiCamillo succeeds in pulling you into a story about an unusually small, big hearted, big eared mouse who falls in love with a Princess. And who can resist characters like Miggery Sow?

Voice talents from the likes of Matthew Broderick, Christopher Lloyd, Stanley Tucci, Dustin Hoffman, Tracey Ullman, Kevin Kline and William Macy add to the movie’s appeal.

You can watch a preview of The Tale of Despereaux below.

Of course, you have to read the book first:
The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread

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