This star-studded adaptation of Kate DiCamillo’s Newberry Medal-winning book tells the tale of an unusually gifted mouse named Despereaux (voiced by Matthew Broderick) who falls in love with a human princess.
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1-2. It starts off with a methodical pace, albeit flawed. And the first act takes such a long time to play out that when the plot finally swings into motion, you almost wish the movie would slow down. It deserves points for its editing and animation, but it fails to integrate its offbeat moments in a way that makes sense, and there's so much going on that ultimately doesn't add up or develop in a satisfying way.