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The Tale of Despereaux (2008) Movie Information

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Sam Fell


Emma Watson
Kevin Kline
Dustin Hoffman
Matthew Broderick
Christopher Lloyd
William H. Macy





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A mouse with a bright mind and personality is banished for being too brazen. With the help of a rat looking to leave his darkened world, and a servant girl looking to improve her station, the trio will set off on an unforgettable adventure to save a princess and bring light back to the land. -- Chris Kavan

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12/23/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Okay, but nothing special

There is a skill to adapting a book into a movie. The rise and fall of action in a series of chapters often doesnít translate directly to screen and the necessary beats of a feature film.

The Tale of Despereaux isnít a bad film. Itís got an all-star cast, sharp animation, and a lovable protagonist. It also has too many characters, a convoluted plot, and a less than satisfying ending.

Itís 20+ minutes into the film before we even meet young Despereaux (Matthew Broderick), a small mouse with a big heart who takes instantly the notion of chivalry. Despereaux doesnít fit into a society that wants mice to cower and run; he dreams of adventure, and even doodles drawings of cats.

Events involving a rat named Roscuro (Dustin Hoffman) years before have led to the banishment of both ...

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