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Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet: EW Review

Kahlil Gibran's The ProphetKahlil Gibran's 1923 book The Prophet—in which the Lebanese author waxes poetic on all matters of living, from love to...Kahlil Gibran's The ProphetanimationPT84MPGKahlil Gibran's 1923 book The Prophet—in which the Lebanese author waxes poetic on all matters of living, from love to...2015-08-06Liam NeesonJohn KrasinskiSalma Hayek
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Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet

Genre: animation; Starring: Liam Neeson, John Krasinski, Salma Hayek; Release Date: 08/07/2015; Runtime (in minutes): 84; MPAA Rating: PG

Kahlil Gibran’s 1923 book The Prophet—in which the Lebanese author waxes poetic on all matters of living, from love to sorrow—proves fertile soil for this nobly ambitious animated movie. Writer-director Roger Allers (The Lion King) and producer Salma Hayek have taken eight of the book’s vignettes and overlaid them with a cloying story about the titular prophet (Liam Neeson).

Gibran’s little life lessons have been turned into three-minute haiku by different animators and spread across the film. Each one soars (especially clay painter Joan Gratz’s color-bursting snippet, “On Work”), even if the plot holding them together is frustratingly Disneyish. B

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