Movie Review 2008 #38: Sinbad Legend of the Seven Seas

It’s so good to have a working DVD player again!
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas is an animated feature with the voices of Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta Jones, Joseph Fiennes and Michelle Pfeiffer.

For those who have seen Stardust, one of the best parts is Michelle Pfeiffer’s portrayal of the witch. When I first heard that she was going to play that role, I was excited, because that character shares much in common with her character here.
In Sinbad Legend of the Seven Seas, Pfeiffer voices Eris, Goddess of Discord. And discord is what she does as she meddles in the life of Sinbad (Pitt). This Sinbad is a pirate and freewheeling mercenary rather than the more traditional hero of the Arabian Nights. Too, Sinbad’s base of operations have been westernized to the city of “Syracuse”.
The story follows Eris’ manipulations to prevent the city of Syracuse from keeping a magical book which promotes peace and harmony–anathema to Eris. With Joseph Fiennes as a princeling of Syracuse and Catherine Zeta Jones as his fiancee who stows away on Sinbad’s ship, there is even a love triangle of sorts for adults. Mostly, though, the movie is a quest tale, as Sinbad goes in search of the book, beyond the edge of the world.
It’s not in the A-list of animated features, but it supports an impressive cast who do well with their roles, and its entertaining. And yes, there is a message, although its very gently given.
I liked it.