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Moana

MV5BMjI4MzU5NTExNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzY1MTEwMDI@._V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain’s daughter’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the Demigod to set things right. (IMDb)

Oh man, I loved this one. Did the fact that I watched it after drinking half a bottle of wine affect this? Maybe. I’m probably still going to love it when I watch it after drinking a normal amount of wine. The biggest thing that stands out in this one is the animation. Disney really outdid themselves on this one. It’s strikingly beautiful. Having the source material of the Polynesian islands didn’t hurt either. The family-centered story, and the struggle between doing what you want, but also what is expected, can resonate no matter the age or culture of who is watching it. All of the voice acting is wonderful. Had no idea The Rock could sing, so good on him for that, and I think we have a potential star in newcomer Auli’i Cravalho, who played the title character. As far as the music goes, I think this was one of the more successful Disney modern musical movies. It didn’t forget about the music halfway through (cough Frozen cough) or tease us with amazing singers in the voice cast but not enough music for them to sing (cough Princess and the Frog cough). Also, Lin Manuel-Miranda (of Hamilton fame) was a mainly responsible for the music, so I’m not surprised that “How Far I’ll Go” is currently stuck in my head. Overall, I loved this, can’t wait to watch it again.

8.5/10 

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Into the Woods

A witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree. (IMDb)

This was wonderful. I was grinning like a big dumb idiot during a big portion of this. It’s visually beautiful, the costumes are gorgeous, and I really liked that the creative team took some creative liberties, but still remained true to the original musical. A lot of the solos in act one are the characters singing about what they just did and/or thought. So I liked that we froze time for Steps of the Palace, or saw a little bit of Jack climbing up and down the beanstalk for Giants in the Sky, and Agony was probably the funniest four minutes of the whole movie. I always think Rob Marshall is the man to go to for musical adaptations and he didn’t disappoint. The cast nails it. I can’t say enough good things. My friend and I were texting about it and it turned into just EMILY BLUNT. JAMES CORDEN. CHRIS PINE. MERYL. They sing beautifully, they acted well. I can’t fangirl enough. Now. Here is where I get nitpicky, because I am a big fan of the show. When making a movie adaptation, concessions have to be made. At first, I was sad that they cut the Narrator/Mysterious Man. But honestly, it was a good choice, because that character is so meta and interacts with the audience and the characters that it probably would not have translated well. My big thing is that I wish Disney would have just went for it and gotten darker, like Act Two is supposed to be, even if it garnered the PG-13 rating. Because that’s a major thing in the show, is that the darker, more realistic Act Two is a clear departure from the zany, mostly light Act One. It’s supposed to be Once Upon a Time…later. They nailed the zany musical comedy. But by not embracing the darker parts of Act Two, the latter half felt a little rushed, and the more emotional moments didn’t hit as hard as they could have. But. Like I said, I know I’m being hyper critical. I loved it overall, and plan on getting the soundtrack sometime this week.

9/10

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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The Odd Life of Timothy Green

the odd life of timothy greenA childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears. (IMDb)

It’s no secret I like family movies. I cried watching How to Train Your Dragon 2 like three days ago. So I was willing to give this one a shot…wah wah. I don’t really know what Disney was thinking. The script and the story came off like a first or second draft, rather than a completed story. The basis is cute and heart-warming, it’s the execution that doesn’t work. There are a few touching moments, but for every one of those, there’s like three where I rolled my eyes. Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Garner give it a valiant effort, but everything about this is just so sappy and Hallmark card-esque that it could never come off as genuine. Skip this one.

2.5/10

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Saving Mr. Banks

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Author P.L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen. (IMDb)

The word I would use to describe this movie is lovely. It’s not too sappy, but there are moments, and it simply presents the story behind one of Disney’s most popular movies. If you’re a fan of Mary Poppins or of Disney at all actually, you will love this. All of the Disney easter eggs and references to the movie itself will have you humming the popular songs, and actually wanting to watch Mary Poppins right after.  As for the story itself, I thought it was really interesting. Seeing how this movie developed under P.L. Travers’ critical eye is a lot of fun to watch. That’s mostly thanks to Emma Thompson. I loved her in this. I would say that she is the number one reason to watch this movie. The other thing that makes the story interesting is the flashbacks to her childhood, which explains even more about Mary Poppins and why Travers was the way she was as an adult. Which leads me to the number two reason to watch this movie; Colin Farrell, who plays her dad. This is actually some of my favorite acting that I have seen out of him. One of my favorite scenes in the whole movie is when the Sherman brothers are presenting the bank song to Mrs. Travers and it’s over-laid with Colin Farrell’s character giving a speech. Loved it. Speaking of the Sherman Brothers, I really enjoyed Jason Schwartzmann and BJ Novak as the brothers, as well Bradley Whitford as another member of the team and Paul Giamatti as her driver. Basically, if you’re a Disney fan, you will absolutely love this. Even if you’re not, I think you’ll still find this enjoyable.

7/10

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Tangled

Disney animators take on the classic Grimm Brothers story of Rapunzel (Mandy Moore), a long-locked beauty imprisoned in a secluded tower by evil hag Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy), who needs the rejuvenating powers of Rapunzel’s tresses to remain young. When a bandit on the lam (Zachary Levi) helps Rapunzel escape, the old crone plots to recapture her and end her budding romance with the thief in this Golden Globe nominee for Best Animated Feature. (Netflix)

OH. MY. GOD. I adored this movie!!! Ok, normally I don’t geek out over Princess Disney movies (ok, I haven’t done it since I was about 10) but, this was the epitome of the classic Disney love story. Adorable couple, some magic, an evil mother like relative, animals with human like qualities, and original songs. What more could you ask for? The story was well written, and well-animated, with some truly hilarious moments. The two animals, Pascal, the chameleon that acts like a human, and Maximus, the horse that acts like a dog, although this sounds ridiculous, they are two of the highlights of the movie. Seriously great animation with those, two they were hilarious. Loved the original songs. I have a feeling “I See the Light” is going to be a classic love song for years to come. In all seriousness, I laughed, and cried, (about three times) and everything in-between. Makes me want to be a kid again 🙂

10/10 One of the best family movies I have ever seen

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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