A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969)

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A Boy Named Charlie Brown Movie Review

A Boy Named Charlie Brown is a 1969 animated comedy drama film directed by Bill Melendez. It is the first Peanuts feature film and actually one of my favorite animated films period.

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Well, I can understand how you feel.

You worked hard, studying for the spelling bee, and I suppose you feel you let everyone down,

and you made a fool of yourself and everything.

But did you notice something, Charlie Brown?

The world didn’t come to an end.

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I love this movie so much! To me it was such an almost perfect way to transition from specials to a feature and surely enough, this film is better than the majority of specials themselves, at least when it comes to my opinion. They managed to include as much of the classic Peanuts characters and humor and situations as possible and thus becoming a quintessential Peanuts outing.

I loved that it focused on the spelling bee instead of sports as that made it much more enjoyable for a non-sports fan like me. Every spelling bee scene was just terrific. Another highlight is Lucy’s scene in psychiatric booth, that was genius. To me this film is far from perfect and surely it does have too much musical numbers in it and the first act is sorely lacking in comparison to the rest of the film, but the rest is so great that I forgive those flaws.

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Of course the ending makes this movie. Wow, rarely have I seen a better conclusion in an animated film. Charlie Brown loses the game and closes in his room and refuses to ever come out. Linus comes in and tells him that he failed, but the universe didn’t come to an end because of it. That line in a nutshell is the reason why I respect this series as a whole. It never sugarcoats, but actually truthfully explains to children that they may continue losing and that winning is uncertain, but it isn’t the end of the world if you lose and that you should continue trying. A fantastic message in such a brilliant, wonderful ending.

Let’s talk about the characters. Charlie Brown is excellent! Rarely has he been this good in a special before or after. I loved that Peter Robbins voiced the character and I loved that he was at his angriest and most depressing mood here. He was relatable and you root for him throughout the entire movie.

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Peppermint Patty was surely missed here, but all of the others are here thankfully. Lucy is as hilarious as ever and some of her lines and moments made me laugh out loud. Snoopy was solid, but not as great as the others were. But thankfully this time around his scenes did not take as much screen time as they usually do. Schroeder and Sally are well used, but Linus is one the highlights in one of his best roles ever. I loved the emphasis on his security blanket and he is so endearing here, but he is also there for his friend which made him even more lovable.

A Boy Named Charlie Brown has a couple of songs in it so let me touch upon all of them. The Star-Spangled Banner was out of place and Failure Face is forgettable, albeit being a great scene, but I Before E is very catchy and a great way for children to learn spelling, Champion Charlie Brown is solid and the titular number is certainly quite charming and endearing. The songs are actually quite solid here, at least half of them are.

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The animation is really good and as pleasant as usual with the character designs being faithful and top-notch. The voice acting is of the best variety and using the best of the earlier voices. The score is quite good and the film is stupendously well made in terms of the technical aspects. It is not only well directed, but also polished in its shots and so deft in its editing as it is never slow and never rushed, it lasts for just the right amount of running time. It is always wonderful to watch, the dialogue is as clever as you would expect from the series and the humor is some of the best of the entire series as it made me laugh more than a couple of times with many hilarious parts. I loved its skillful tone too as it balanced light tone with humor and serious tone with drama and messages beautifully. It is overall a tremendously well realized movie and one of my favorite Peanuts stories and one of my favorite animated features as a whole.

A Boy Named Charlie Brown managed to bring everything you want from Peanuts to the table and it did that beautifully. The humor is excellent and some of the lines were hilarious, the characters are superbly utilized with Charlie Brown, Lucy and Linus being the highlights, the film is very well made technically and of course the standout is the final scene which features such a respectable, truly great message for children and it was a beautiful, brave way to end the movie.

My Rating – 5

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Heidi (1937)

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Heidi Movie Review

Heidi is a 1937 family drama film starring Shirley Temple. It is a very disappointing, at times even annoying adaptation.

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Well, I’ve always had a sheet and coverlet,

but if there aren’t any,

I could sleep under the hay

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I am a big fan of the book which is why this film adaptation disappointed me immensely. It couldn’t even be considered an adaptation, that’s how much they changed and ruined the source material. Whereas the book is all about the Alps, religion and of course the various benefits of the country, this film is all about Frankfurt and Fraulein Rottenmeier. So ridiculous.

The core of the movie is the relationship between Heidi and her grandfather and that was great. That is the only aspect of it that stayed true to the original and even accentuated their love a bit more which was wonderful to witness. But there is no Peter here whatsoever which is just super frustrating and of course the message is all wrong. They missed the point of the novel entirely. The book showcases the strengths and health benefits of living in the country and Clara heals just as she spends some time in the Alps, but here she heals in the house due to the help from Heidi. I do not understand how could the filmmakers be this clueless. It really bothered me.

Let’s talk about the characters. I really liked Heidi. She isn’t whom I imagined in the book, but Shirley Temple is so wonderful that she elevated the role. I realized watching her why she was so popular during the thirties. Not only is she cute, but so charismatic and obviously talented too. Jean Hersholt also did a really good job and the role was great.

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But all of the other characters are all wrong. Clara is actually better developed than in the book, if a bit too old. But Detie is ridiculously villainous and of course Fraulein Rottenmeier is just silly. She was too over-the-book in the book itself, but here she was written as a straight off villain! She is so evil and so horrible that she became a cartoon character. And an overemphasis on her is what killed this movie. Andrews the butler is solid and sometimes even funny, but all of the other characters are underutilized.

Heidi is actually very well filmed. I really liked the sets, they looked wonderful. Both the village and the mountain looked great which is why the decision to feature more of Frankfurt felt so disappointing. It is well edited and well acted and all around very well made. The humor is interestingly quite solid and some of the moments between the girls were quite charming and heartwarming.

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They just missed the book’s point which is why it frustrated me. But if you watch it separately from the book (as you basically should as most of it is just way too different to even be considered as an adaptation), it is actually solid and much better than when you compare it. I do understand what they were trying to do as they wanted a shorter, well structured movie, but it still ended up being childish instead of childlike and that is a major difference. The book is sweet and meaningful, but the movie, no matter how well made, is overly cartoony, simplistic and just plain silly at times. I do not hate this movie as it serves its purpose, but as an adaptation, it failed miserably and left me wishing for much more.

The 1937 adaptation of Heidi is incredibly disappointing. Yes, it is very well made, sometimes charming and humorous and Shirley Temple is lovable and she gave a respectable performance, but this movie failed on almost every level as an adaptation because they focused on all the wrong things, they entirely missed the point of the novel and some aspects felt either silly or just downright cartoony.

My Rating – 3

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The Wind in the Willows (1983)

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The Wind in the Willows Movie Review

The Wind in the Willows is a 1983 stop-motion animated film which is one of the many versions of this famous story. It is a solid movie.

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I’ve been told you are a criminal of deepest guilt,

and matchless artfulness and resource…

whatever that means.

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I really like this story and I loved Disney’s version of it featured in ‘The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad’. This 1983 version was admittedly solid and very well made and respectable, but it felt inferior to the aforementioned example because the story was just never as interesting or as exciting. Some plot points were excellent, but some were lacking such as that inferior, prolonged and dull beginning.

But the character development is actually quite strong. All of the characters are very well developed and quite likable. Mole and Rat were quite endearing and they served great as a team, charmingly British too. Toad was expectedly goofy, amusing and sometimes very funny. The character interactions between the three of them were top-notch.

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The voice acting is also quite good as all of the voices were fittingly British and elegant in style and again quite charming. I loved Toad’s amusing voice too. However, the voices were poorly incorporated with the animation itself as it never accompanies the movements of the characters well. This is something that early stop-motion films struggled with constantly and I don’t blame them as much because the technology just wasn’t there yet, but this is one of worse examples of it as it just felt too jerky, too choppy and plain unfinished. It is the only area of the film which felt like a TV movie. This is actually a TV movie, but it never felt like it as the story and animation are great, but the movements did feel TV for sure.

The animation in The Wind in the Willows is excellent. Very effervescent and very endearing. The character designs are exquisite, detailed and all of them look great and are well clothed as well. Their movements are again subpar, but the imagery is pretty good and some of it was very pleasant and memorable.

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The Wind in the Willows is also really well edited and the film flows well for its short running time, but it isn’t as engaging as it should have been and it should have had more action in it. That goes without question as the film was too mild in my opinion. The humor is pretty good and the characterization is great, but it should have been brisker and more entertaining. The score is fine, but the songs are so-so. Some are solid, but some are dull and they were overwhelming in their presence. Overall, it is a solid, but inherently flawed movie.

The 1983 version of The Wind in the Willows is quite solid with excellent animation, very good character development with great interactions between the three major characters and the film is charmingly British, but the songs are lackluster, the movements are not well synched with the voice acting at all and the film should have been brisker and more entertaining in its approach.

My Rating – 3.5

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Children of Heaven (1997)

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Children of Heaven Movie Review

Children of Heaven is a 1997 Iranian family drama film directed by Majid Majidi. It is a flawed, but moving picture.

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Don’t cry. I’ll go after your shoes right away. I’ll find them

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It follows a brother and sister and their adventures over a pair of lost shoes. I really liked the story here. Yes, it is evidently very simplistic, but it is still effective and this kind of a film can always melt your heart. It was so heartwarming and just beautiful watching these two innocent souls and it is one of the best family films of its time.

I really liked the characters and I wished that the film focused even more on the children than it did. They are wonderful together and I felt as if I was watching real children and not just characters owing to a good script, excellent characterization and two very good performances from two talented child actors.

The film is very well directed by Majid Majidi and solidly edited. Its heart is in the right place and some scenes are just immensely powerful and memorable. The highlights were the quest for lost shoes and that moment where the girl longingly watched another schoolgirl eat her lunch is a small moment, but nonetheless an effective and heartbreaking one.

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So Children of Heaven is very well made, incredibly moving and mostly effective. Then why did it still disappoint me? Well, the answer is twofold. One reason is that the film is just never as engaging as I wish it would have been. And another reason is its supporting characters. The adults are good, but not particularly well defined and the film’s structure is odd and it meanders a bit when it doesn’t focus on the children themselves. And some scenes, particularly that race in the third act, were just way too extended and frankly boring, reducing the impact of the overall movie. But this Iranian drama is still a very good one and it can emotionally affect even the most hardened of souls.

Children of Heaven is flawed in structure and pacing, but the film is so effective in its simple storytelling and very good characterization that it becomes such a moving tale that can really affect you emotionally. Watching the two children was so heartwarming and at times heartbreaking, the child actors gave very good performances, the film is mostly very well made and it succeeds as such an emotional family drama with a couple of truly powerful sequences.

My Rating – 4

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Pete’s Dragon (2016)

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Pete’s Dragon Movie Review

Pete’s Dragon is a 2016 family fantasy adventure film directed by David Lowery and it is the newest Disney live-action remake. It is a solid, but typical endeavor.

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You can’t say ‘dragon’ over the radio

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The film tells the story of an orphaned boy who befriends a dragon in the forest and the ensuing repercussions of their discovery by the town’s local residents. It is the remake of the 1977 eponymous movie and it succeeds as a remake for two reasons. One is that the original itself is one of the weakest, if not the weakest, live-action animated Disney feature so it was pretty easy to top it which this one did. And the second reason is that it abandons the original’s storyline in pursuit of its own.

And that latter approach is done for better and for worse. On the one hand, it certainly works better to have a live-action adaptation that isn’t a cheesy, overlong musical and is rather a straightforward adventure movie. But the problem here lies in its familiarity. We’ve seen this countless times before. Just in this movie you can see the influences of ‘The Jungle Book’ and ‘How to Train Your Dragon’. It is never original and it never has anything truly unique or interesting in it.

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Pete’s Dragon is still done really well despite its tired plot. The execution is so good that it is actually one of the better kids’ flicks of this type. I particularly liked its third act which featured some pretty good action scenes and a very good conclusion with a strong emotional payoff.

But the characters and their actors are not the greatest. All of the characters are as typical and as forgettable as you would expect from this type of family film. And by the way, the entire film is incredibly forgettable, both the remake and the original, which is something that this property never managed to overcome. And the actors are very weak or they gave weak performances. The child performances are solid, but Bryce Dallas Howard was much better and much more memorable in ‘Jurassic World’ and Robert Redford is… well, let’s just say that he seemed like he didn’t want to be there. That is his performance in a nutshell.

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But even though I criticize it too much, Pete’s Dragon is actually a good or solid at least movie with especially good CGI. I did find it typical for today’s movie to have an animal that acts like a dog, but Elliot was otherwise really solid both in his look and in his personality. And the relationship between the two is been there, done that, but at least it is very well done and sometimes actually quite moving and warm. The soundtrack is good and definitely fitting in its country genre, but it still had way too many songs in it. The structure of the movie is good, but it is sometimes a bit too slow and uninvolving. And the beginning was weird as it just kind of started, but the other parts are all good with the entire third act being a real winner. All in all, it is a solid live-action adaptation, but both ‘Cinderella and ‘The Jungle Book’ were much better in my opinion.

Pete’s Dragon is sometimes uninvolving, definitely forgettable, weakly acted and overly familiar in its storyline, but it is also pretty heartwarming at times, its third act is very good, the special effects are solid and the movie succeeds as a remake because they took a different approach that worked in its favor and it ended up being much better than the original which was very weak.

My Rating – 3.5

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The BFG (2016)

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The BFG Movie Review

The BFG is a 2016 family fantasy film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Mark Rylance and Ruby Barnhill. It is a very good, underappreciated family flick.

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Why did you take me?

Because I hears your lonely heart,

in all the secret whisperings of the world

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An orphan human girl befriends a benevolent giant who takes her to Giant Country where they attempt to stop the man-eating giants that are invading the human world. I really enjoyed this movie and I found the plot to be mostly very good, which is expected from a Roald Dahl material. It is such a wonderful, old-fashioned family fantasy adventure that it is such a shame that it did poorly at the box office. My appreciation for Spielberg’s lesser valued movies over those more well liked ones continues with The BFG.

The first half is splendid, magical and just wonderful to behold. I loved how fantastical it is, but also adventurous. And I admired its childlike approach with less darkness and more light. That was unexpected for this age which is why I found it pleasant and quite welcome. And yes, the second half is silly. The protagonist coming with the giant to see the Queen of England naturally leads to silliness. However, even though it was a bit too silly, I still liked it as I found the humor there to be pretty funny and charming, if admittedly juvenile.

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I loved the characters. Yes, the girl could be a bit annoying at times, buts she is mostly likable and the relationship between the two drives the movie as it is simply beautiful and so effervescent. This movie is the best Disney film that Disney has never made, that is the best way to describe it and to explain why I dug it so much. The titular Big Friendly Giant is absolutely magnificent and such a wonderful creation. All of the other giants are typically malicious, but memorable and I liked the queen quite a bit.

Mark Rylance destroyed this movie and he made it totally his own. It is amazing to behold how wonderfully they mixed his performance within motion-capture and he truly gave one heck of a performance. His smile is infectious and the look in his eyes is so warm and just wonderful to behold how he achieved a lot with just his looks. He is easily the best part of the movie and it is such a shame that he received an Oscar for his not so great performance in ‘Bridge of Spies’ when he is obviously so much better here. Infinitely better.

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The BFG is well directed by Spielberg, but also very well shot and exquisitely looking in special effects. Some of it was a bit too like an animated movie, but most of it was pretty good and the highlights were those dream making sequences as they were filled with wonderful colors and such beautiful visuals. The film is awkwardly paced and a bit too long, but it is mostly very engaging which was great. Ruby Barnhill was quite weak at times and she was a problem in a movie which needed her great performance just as much as it needed Rylance. But she is a child actor which is why I am not holding much against her. Overall, the movie is definitely flawed, but it is so good for the most part that I found it to be wonderful.

The BFG is an obviously flawed movie with a weak child performance at its center, somewhat problematic pacing and a silly second half, but that second half is funny and entertaining, the entire movie is wonderfully old-fashioned and childlike, it is visually pleasant, the relationship at the center of it is so moving and it benefits from a particularly inspired performance from Mark Rylance who carried the entire movie on his shoulders. Such an underrated film.

My Rating – 4

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Duma (2005)

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Duma Movie Review

Duma is a 2005 family adventure film directed by Carroll Ballard. It is a traditional and mostly very pleasant family flick.

It is about a South African boy who befriends a cheetah. This is a movie that feels so old-fashioned as it came from the nineties instead of 2000s as everything about it reminded me from the movies of my childhood – a grand adventure and a film about ecology and animals. Here we have a cheetah which is an interesting and rare choice and I loved that authenticity in it. But otherwise the movie is pretty typical and sometimes unfortunately more familiar than pleasantly old-fashioned.

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People go when they are ready to go, not when you are.

We are all just travelers on the same river, grandparents, parents, sons and daughters.

We all have our time on the river.

We do what we can before we disappear

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The film is very heartwarming and mostly quite wonderful. The cheetah is first cute, then elegant and dignified. The boy is typical, yet mostly likable. And I liked Ripkuna quite a bit and their relationship was great. But of course the relationship between boy and cheetah is the standout one and although the film is clichéd and the beginning and ending are highly familiar, I still really enjoyed that ending where they separated as it was done in the best way possible – moving, yet powerful and with a great message for kids.

What I found odd is the film’s structure. It basically rushed its plot to the protagonist’s losing his father to cheetah’s adulthood in the matter of minutes which was way too abrupt and then it kind of slowed down too much and the desert scenes took too much screen time. I liked them and most of the scenes there were great, but some were typical and prolonged.

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Duma is wonderful to look at, well acted and well directed. The African scenery is stunning and the film is beautifully shot. But the score is just splendid with the use of African songs being appropriate and those songs were catchy and very beautiful. The film is well made and emotional and I really liked it despite its many flaws. It is even a bit underrated as not a lot of people talk about it which is a real shame.

Duma is definitely familiar in its storyline and it has an odd structure for sure, but the film is so wonderfully old-fashioned and charming that its flaws are easily forgotten. It has beautiful scenery and a great use of African music, it is moving in its ending and it has such an adventurous spirit that it thoroughly succeeds as a family adventure flick.

My Rating – 4

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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)

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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Movie Review

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is a 2008 family fantasy film directed by Andrew Adamson. It is a solid, but very flawed adaptation.

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You get treated like a dumb animal long enough, that’s what you become.

You may find Narnia a more savage place than you remember

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First, let’s talk about the plot. They mostly adapted the story from ‘Prince Caspian’ the novel in a respectful and faithful manner. There are some changes here and there, but for the most part, the film is a good adaptation. I really liked the ending which was as emotional as it was in the book and I loved the beginning and how it started in a different way than the book, but in a still very intriguing and cool manner with good action scenes.

Speaking of action, yes, that is the major problem I’ve had with this movie. This is a typical modern adaptation in all the wrong ways. The director decided to add one entire action scene, basically a war scene, to the picture in order for it to last two and a half hours and feel more epic in scope. And what he did is actually make it feel less special and more of a stupid blockbuster. Andrew Adamson has never been a good director. He wasn’t good for ‘Shrek’ and he most certainly wasn’t good for this movie and he ruined it with his stupid ideas.

That whole sequence that was invented here was just the worst. But I also didn’t care for the final action sequence as it was once again very short in the book and here it was extended beyond any reasonable length. The hinted romance between Susan and Caspian was very annoying and the very late arrival of Aslan was quite frustrating. Those kind of changes really affected this otherwise solid movie.

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For all of those reasons, ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ ended up being infinitely better than this second installment. But that is not to say that Prince Caspian is a bad movie. It is a solid movie affected a lot by those poor choices mentioned above, but all of the other scenes worked wonderfully. I really enjoyed the scene with the werewolf and the witch as it was pleasantly mature and dark. The whole movie was too mature in my opinion, but that sequence I really liked nonetheless.

The acting again isn’t the strongest, but the kids are much more likable this time around, albeit Caspian is as boring of a hero here as he was in the book. King Miraz was a solid villain and all of the Telmarines were well depicted, but the decision to cast them as Latino characters is admittedly very problematic. Dr. Cornelius is so underutilized which is a shame as he is one of my favorites in the original novel, but Trumpkin is very likable and Reepicheep was very well depicted and quite funny at times.

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The pacing is awful and the film is way too long. Action took over the characterization and dialogue in a very ugly manner. But the special effects continue to be exceptional and I absolutely adored the cinematography as the scenery was just beautiful to behold, especially the sea. And once again the score is just magnificent and so moving and perfectly accompanying the action on screen. The action itself is solidly executed, but not as great as it should have been, especially having in mind that it was incredibly important as that was the approach taken here. But even though I was disappointed in this movie a lot, it is still solid and has its many strengths.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian has gorgeous scenery, absolutely magnificent score, stellar special effects and excellent beginning and ending, but this was still such a major disappointment of an adaptation as the approach is just so poor here. Some plot points are changed from the book in a bad manner and the action is not only incredibly boring, but overlong and it ended up seriously affecting a movie that could have been very good.

My Rating – 3.5

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The Tigger Movie (2000)

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The Tigger Movie Review

The Tigger Movie is a 2000 animated family film directed by Jun Falkenstein. It is a slight, very problematic Winnie the Pooh entry.

It is about Tigger searching for his family and others like him. Now, the major problem this movie has is obvious and that is of course the fact that it is solely about Tigger meaning that it is a sort of a Winnie the Pooh spin-off. And yes, that character is wonderful. However, as we all know, movies that take this approach usually fail and this is no exception. Supporting characters are supporting for a reason and I am afraid that Tigger, with all his charm, was never suited for a full-length adventure.

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You can’t bounce the bounce if you can’t even pronounce the bounce

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That is not to say that he is bad. He is still pretty solid. He has some great moments here, but those mostly happen in the first and third act with the second one sorely lacking. I loved that heartwarming ending as it was just so delightful and emotional watching Tigger realize that his real family has always been Pooh and friends. That was very touching and a perfect conclusion for this movie.

The entire plot here is pretty good on paper, especially for this character but the execution of it is, I’m afraid, quite poor. It is very odd to me that this movie didn’t get the same treatment that 2011’s ‘Winnie the Pooh‘ got and that is the running time of an hour. Instead, it got 75 minutes and, needless to say, it felt prolonged and boring as the plot itself is very simple and didn’t need this many minutes. That is why both the aforementioned film and of course ‘The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh’ are much better than The Tigger Movie.

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The animation is pretty solid. In fact, it is one of the strongest aspects here as it is worthy of a theatrical release and sometimes even very beautiful and warm as is this whole property. I loved the colors and I loved the simple designs and backgrounds.

But the editing is naturally problematic as is the pacing and the entire second act is pretty boring. Also, the film can be overly childish at times instead of being pleasantly childlike. And I respect Jim Cummings as he is a great voice talent, but his Tigger voice isn’t as good as the original from the 1977 version. But his Pooh voice is very good and all of the other voices are fine. I enjoyed some of the details here such as that opening book as that beginning with Tigger was very funny and endearing.

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The soundtrack is easily the worst offender here. Wow, is it uninspired and annoying. Of course, The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers is a classic, but a classic just taken from previous movies. But all of the original songs are just so bland with How to Be a Tigger being quite annoying and that bouncing song being very childish. These kind of songs are childish and not childlike and there is a big difference between the two, but they are also lyrically uninspired and tonally forgettable.

The Tigger Movie has a fun opening, very good animation and such a heartwarming ending, but everything in the second act is boring and prolonged and the film should have been just an hour long as its plot is pretty simple. But the biggest offender is the soundtrack which is just so bland and the problem here is that Tigger is better off as a supporting character instead of a lead which was obvious from the beginning. It is an okay movie, but still far too slight for Winnie the Pooh standards. 

My Rating – 3

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The Last Starfighter (1984)

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The Last Starfighter Movie Review

The Last Starfighter is a 1984 family science fiction film directed by Nick Castle. It is one of the most overrated blockbusters of its time.

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Greetings, Starfighter.

You have been recruited by the Star League

to defend the frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan armada

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The Last Starfighter Movie Review…………………………………………………………

It is about a teenager who gets recruited by an alien defense force to fight in an interstellar war due to his particular skills at playing arcade video games. What is the major problem with the story is that it’s just very clichéd and not to mention incredibly unrealistic and too much of a fantasy, even for a kid’s film. And I just was never invested in it at all.

The Last Starfighter is a childish film even by my very low standards. It is just too immature and childish and in my opinion science fiction and family entertainment do not mix well whatsoever and that is best exemplified in this particular flick. It surely has its charm at times and it is of course far from a bad movie as it is pretty serviceable, but it is never particularly good either and it is a film that those that grew up with it of course would love, but because I am a 90s kid and I haven’t seen it as a child, it was to me a too childish and over-the-top experience.

The acting isn’t great and the special effects are a mixed bag. On the one hand, they do look dated and evidently of its time, but on the other hand, this is one of the earliest movies along with ‘Tron‘ to extensively utilize computer-generated imagery and you have to admire it for that.

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The Last Starfighter Movie Review…………………………………………………………

The film starts and ends in a pretty solid manner, but everything that came in the middle was sorely lacking as it was either dull or immature or frankly campy and cheesy at times. The Last Starfighter is one giant 80s cheese and that I never liked and I didn’t like it here too. In the end, although it has its strengths, it is such an overrated, uninspired and cheesy sci-fi flick that only children and those who grew up with it could really enjoy.

The Last Starfighter is sometimes endearing, its use of CGI is groundbreaking and the film is good for children, but it is way too childish for adults and way too cheesy even for 80s standards. It is a movie that those who grew up with it and kids could enjoy, but everyone else would find boring, immature and uninspired and that is exactly what I thought of it.

My Rating – 3

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