Joe McGovern
August 06, 2015 AT 08:24 PM EDT

Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
84 minutes
release date
08/07/15
genre
Animation

We gave it a B

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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