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Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

There's an astronomical sensibility to the animated action adventure Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas.  The imagery from directors Tim Johnson (Antz) and Patrick Gilmore shares a kindred spirit with Disney's recent Treasure Planet in a film geared towards kids that eschews the traditional songs and goofy sidekick.

The predictable screenplay by John Logan works agreeably off of the Sinbad myths and Greek mythology, with some homage to a notable story of friendship.

This "Sinbad" is fairly well-paced even if the combination of hand-drawn and computer animation doesn't make the human characters come alive like some of the constellation-inspired monsters and action sequences.

The life of Sinbad, voiced too much as a scoundrel's comedic effect by Brad Pitt, has become less freewheeling after he is framed for stealing the prize Book of Peace.  His reunion with estranged best friend Proteus (Joseph Fiennes), Prince of Syracuse, leads to a noble sacrifice with a life of fun and sun on the Fiji Islands that is changed by a stowaway.

Catherine Zeta-Jones voices Marina, Proteus' intended bride, with a stubborn feistiness, to ensure that Sinbad bring back that powerful tome.  The Ambassador of Thrace soon learns about the "bad' in Sinbad during a ten day journey on his ship the Chimera.  This beautiful women draws the attraction of his crew, including the right-hand man Kale (Dennis Haysbert) and the wiry, acrobatic Rat (Andriano Giannini).  Pitt and Zeta-Jones stir up some banter early on from the clashing of Sinbad's ego and Marina's bright, strong-willed nature.

Proteus' fate hinges on the wiles and game-playing of the goddess of discors, Eris, voiced with seductive meanness by Michelle Pfeiffer.  The animation involving the shape-shifting Eris, a Medusa-like figure, propels this orchestral-scored fantasy into worlds of sand dunes and the perilous Dragon's tooth.  Sinbad, Marina, Spike, and the crew must encounter creatures, like an imposing snowbird and Sirens, liquid enchantresses that fragment to lure the men.

The artistry that Johnson oversees is apparent, yet the film's emotional pull and character chemistry is transparent and mostly prodded, maybe with the exception of Pitt and Fiennes who expresses the struggle that comes with trust.  The funnier scenes come in the byplay of the crew, especially in a moment of seasickness.  But the heart of the daring thief in this animated modern swashbuckler doesn't capture the imagination of the Seven Seas.

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

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