One of my favorite animated movies is The Prince of Egypt, this movie is based on the biblical story of Moses, his birth, and how he was used to free the Israelites from Egypt. The Prince of Egypt is a fantastic movie full of musical scores and a compelling story, as it traces the exploits of Moses in a way that is easy to follow for children and adults alike. This movie, while not completely biblical, is possibly the best adaptation of the story I have seen in years as it ditches the Hollywood style of romanticization for a more humble and heartfelt approach of telling the story. The story of Moses has seen many different cinematic releases, most famously in 1956 with Charlton Heston playing Moses in The Ten Commandments, but few are as effective at showing the moral of the story as The Prince of Egypt. The recent film, Exodus, made an attempt to retell the story in a more modern dramatic fashion but in my opinion the director completely missed the point. In Exodus, Moses was portrayed more as an unstable barbarian than as an unlikely leader, the way Moses was portrayed somewhat cheapened the gravity of what he did in the story. While the Exodus movie is good, when taken as purely an action movie, it fails to effectively tell the story of The Exodus, as it chooses action of storyline. The Prince of Egypt is a great film for the family and a splendid example of story telling via animation. I definitely recommend the movie to anyone who hasn’t seen it. It is a great family film and viewers of all ages will find themselves singing along with the catchy tunes for weeks.
Today is Easter, it is the most significant day of the year for Christians. Some people may think that Christians are a judgmental bunch, but that is just an extreme generalization. I am a Christian who does not fit the mold of what many people think Christians are, I respect all individuals and know that loving one another is the most important thing. I dislike that all Christians are generalized to be a certain way, when most of us are completely opposite of what the media portrays. I celebrate Easter because it is essentially the birth of my faith, faith is something that goes far beyond opinion and intellect, and that is why it can not really be effectively argued. Faith is seen by some as irrational, because it is the full belief in something that you can not rationally understand. In my opinion you have to have faith to really believe anything, without it you have no beliefs, and without beliefs, it is impossible to think beyond what you are told. Easter, to a Christian, is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, which is the start of and central belief of Christianity. We believe Jesus’ death and resurrection is an example of what true love really is, as he died for those he loved, and came back to show he was who he said he was. I strive to show love and respect to everyone, and yes I fail at times, but that’s part of the journey called life, and part of myself that I work to change. My job here is not to change people, but to show them who I believe in, and through my actions get them to want to know who he is. I will spend this day reflecting on what Jesus did, and do my best to be the best person I can be, and share the love that was given to me.