When I first heard of Kahlil Gibran’s book, The Prophet, becoming a movie, I could not imagine it. Salma Hayek made his poetry alive. The artistic interpretation and music would appeal to many age groups.
The Prophet unfolds in an animation style which is presented so beautifully. It is probably the first time children will realize that the hero is killed. Mustafa (Kahlil Gibran) is considered to be a threat to the government of Orphalese. Before he faced the firing squad, he says the people “know my work – my poetry – and it will live on in them.” And live on it has.
Liam Neeson’s voice as Mustafa is so soothing and calming that you love to hear him speak and talk to the crowds of Orphalese.
The movie showcases just several of Gibran’s topics and whets your appetite to get a copy of The Prophet for yourself. When you read The Prophet, you will see that what you get out of it today will change when you read it again. It evolves with you.
My mother brought her original book from 1968 to show Salma Hayek how much she love the book too. When my mom showed her the book, she signed and enjoyed seeing a copy from 1968.
This movie version is a gift. I’m sure Kahlil Gibran would be impressed with this interpretation and creativity.
Ms. Hayek said that she learned of The Prophet from her grandfather. As a tribute to him and also her strong feeling about the book, she wanted to make Gibran’s message known and also share her experience of love.
See the movie and you will leave the theater as a witness to a beautiful uplifting spiritual journey.