The Road to El Dorado – It’s Fun to Be a God

So here we are, at last. My second traditionally animated DreamWorks review! If you’ve not seen my first of these, then go check out The Prince of Egypt review right now. I mean it go on. I’m not starting until you’ve read it….. Read it yet? Well the hell with you then. Let’s get started, as we always do at The Chronic Chronicler, with the obligatory overview.

16.000000,16.000000It’s 1519 and Tulio (Kevin Kline) and Miguel (Kenneth Branagh) are two con artists in Seville, Spain have just finished getting the last of the thug Zaragoza (Tobin Bell) of his gold when he produces a map to El Dorado, wanting to bet it for all the money he lost. With Miguel believing its authenticity, he gets Tulio to gamble it all for it, using Zaragoza’s non loaded dice. They win, but are soon seen for the con men they are and, after brilliant acting and a chase scene, Miguel and Tulio accidentally get on board a ship to the New World.

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The Crimson Field: Episode 4 – Things are Getting Personal

Well we’re over halfway now and now, as you could probably guess from the title, things are being revealed and are getting more interesting. I’m just going to say right now that there may be unintentional spoilers here so if you don’t want spoilers, read my last three reviews. Or watch the last three episodes of The Crimson Field. Or better yet, do both!

So, once again, we must wander down that well-trodden road where benignity seems to reside perpetually that is the obligatory episode summary.

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The Crimson Field: Episode 3 – Not Just Nurses Anymore

Well I feel safe in saying now that The Crimson Field has most definitely hit a new high with this latest episode. For a series from the perspective of nurses, I never truly considered how the field hospital could be used as a focal point for so much of the First World War experience.

p01wtp3gThat’s not to say that the nursing element does not play a vital part of this series, but this episode developed some background characters while bringing up some well-known, and some less well-known, aspects of this war.

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The Prince of Egypt – Biblical? Certainly. Brilliant? Well….

At last, the promised review is here! Yes, The Prince of Egypt review has finally arrived! Prince_of_egypt_ver2But before I delve into this film, I would just like to make one thing clear. I understand that this film depicts a religious story and as such I will have to comment on religion. This is a review of the film rather than the actual Biblical story and, although I may be critical here and there on certain Biblical happenings, it will be a comment on a film rather than a comment on your religion. Comments on religion are for another post. Is that agreeable? If not, tough. So here we go!

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The Crimson Field: Episode 2 – Pushing Progress

So here I am again with the second episode of the BBC’s war drama The Crimson Field and I must say things are getting interesting. Suranne Jones, who turned up at the very end of the first episode on a motorbike and in man’s clothes, gets a larger presence as the civilian nurse volunteering for army service, the forward thinking Sister Joan Livesey. Marianne Oldham as Rosalie Berwick also gets a bit more screen focus than the previous episode and, as ever, the horrors of war of shown to us with more and more troops returning from the front line wounded. Oh by the way, some plot spoiler here.

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The Crimson Field: Episode 1 – Potentially Promising

So if you are a regular reader of mine, you have probably noticed that this isn’t The Prince of Egypt review that I’ve been promising to do on my return since January. You may possibly be annoyed for the lack of this review after nearly four months of me saying it would arrive on my return. Or you may be confused and may be thinking “What the hell is this guy on about?”

The truth is that business has once again invaded my life and I’ve been putting The Prince
of Egypt
review on the backburner for a while. I was really struggling to put words down onto paper for the review and have just been staring blankly at it with no criticisms or praise coming to mind.

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