Dinosaur (2000)

Dinosaur Movie Review

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Dinosaur Movie Review

Dinosaur is a 2000 animated adventure film which is the 39th official Disney animated feature. It is unfortunately one of Disney’s weakest offerings.

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Some things start out big,

and some things start out small,

very small.

But sometimes the smallest thing

can make the biggest changes of all

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Dinosaur Movie Review

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It follows an orphaned Iguanodon who along with his family of lemurs moves in search of a new home after the asteroid hit. Now, the plot is fairly simple and very ordinary. Of course the setting and the creatures are great. Who doesn’t like dinosaurs? I myself like them a lot as most people do and I especially love everything ancient and prehistoric which is why this movie was intriguing to me and why that asteroid sequence was the highlight, so well done.

Another major highlight has to be the beginning which is just incredible! It is one of Disney’s better openings and although a bit too much inspired by ‘Tarzan’, it was still great. Watching the egg go from predator to predator and then end up at the lemurs’ place was a phenomenal way to open the movie, it instantly hooks you in the story. But it is then such a shame that the rest of the film is a failure. It is so slow and so typical in its conflict and very uninvolving in its overly standard journey story that it was just one giant snoozefest to witness.

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Let’s talk about the characters. Well, they are not the greatest to put it mildly. The character development is so weak and uninspired that not a single character leaves a bigger impression after you watch the movie and all just fade away. Aladar is as boring of a hero as you could possibly be. Typically selfless and heroic, but without any other attributes to him. As for the lemurs, all of them are forgettable and the mother is basically Kala as the similarities to ‘Tarzan’ continue to pile up. And that womanizing lemur was cringe-worthy with his humor. As for the other dinosaurs, Neera is as basic and forgettable of a love interest as they go and Kron is just so over-the-top and typical. Such a clichéd and dull brute. The conflict between him and Aladar was so boring.

The voice acting is atrocious and possibly the biggest blow to the quality of the entire film. I don’t know what went wrong here as Disney’s films usually have great acting in them, but this one features such terrible or bland at best voices and whenever the actors and actresses had to sell those more emotional sequences, they failed miserably time and again. They definitely hurt the movie the most in the long run.

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Dinosaur had groundbreaking animation for its time and it is worth noting that it is the first ever Disney movie to feature CGI and again Disney won’t use computer animation more prominently until 2005. But here lies the big problem – the film is dated. Yes, obviously it must have been absolutely incredible to watch when it came out, but nowadays, the animation is telling of its age. And that is the problem with computer animation, it is just never as timeless or as artistic as hand-drawn animation is which again goes to show that all of today’s animated films are going to be very dated in just a couple of decades. Such a problematic medium to use. Another problem here is that the use of live-action scenery also felt dated and to me not pleasant at all as it created a jarring look to it. Very frustrating.

Where Dinosaur excels is in the score which is amazing. I just loved its theme which was gorgeous, majestic and epic in the style of Disney’s best scored movies. It certainly helped to elevate many of its scenes to greater and more epic heights. It doesn’t have any songs in it, but the score is so good and it accompanies the scenes so beautifully and fittingly that it is the most memorable aspect of the entire film.

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It isn’t well paced and it isn’t particularly well directed. The dialogue is as ordinary as these types of films usually have. And I have to say that the humor was also lacking and the film was overly serious and whenever it tried to be funny, it mostly failed miserably. Also the emotional investment isn’t the greatest. Yes, some of it was moving, but most wasn’t. I appreciated its realistic approach to the character designs no matter how dated they look now and I liked its apocalyptic and adventurous overtones, but the film was ultimately too ambitious for its own sake and it is one of Disney’s weakest films for sure. It was evident by now that they have entered their darkest period yet.

Dinosaur definitely is realistic and ambitious, it has a couple of awesome sequences with the beginning being the highlight plus the score is the major standout being uplifting and majestic, but the CGI animation here is dated by now, the characters are beyond forgettable, the story is dull and the voice acting is bland leading to one of Disney’s more lackluster efforts.

My Rating – 3

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Yojimbo (1961)

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Yojimbo Movie Review

Yojimbo is a 1961 Japanese jidaigeki film directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshiro Mifune. It is a solid, but far from great film.

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Kill one or a hundred.

You only hang once

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Yes, I do not get why Yojimbo got the status that it has, that of a world classic. To me this is one of Kurosawa’s weaker films that is just not up to par with his best. The story itself is solid, but typical action/period stuff that turned out highly influential but was never either complex or deep enough.

Toshiro Mifune is highly memorable in this movie as the lead man. It is easy to see why the director was so fond of him and why he cast him in so many of his productions as he has charisma and is very good for this kind of stuff. To me this movie has way too many characters, but most are solidly developed and he is a very good protagonist. The performances are good across the board.

The action in Yojimbo is very well executed and some of the set pieces here are remarkable. I liked the direction and the score is particularly strong and fitting to this time period. The film also looks good and its attention to detail is remarkable as it wonderfully transports you to its Edo time period and the characters are brute and redneck enough that they seem realistic and like real people from this time and place.

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The humor is also surprisingly good here in that typically goofy Japanese fashion and I wanted much more from it. To me the first half is very good, but the second one is disappointing and too action oriented and typical. The entire movie is not memorable enough and it always felt like typical jidaigeki stuff that just never rises above the formula to become something special. Needless to say, I found the movie very overrated and certainly far from Kurosawa’s best. He is a great director, but this is not his great movie, just solid.

Yojimbo is certainly well acted with a couple of memorable sequences and it is well filmed and scored, but it is not one of Kurosawa’s best efforts owing to its standard storyline, way too many characters and not enough originality. It is solid, but never great.

My Rating – 3.5

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Top 20 Disney Renaissance Songs

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Top 20 Disney Renaissance Songs

I love Disney songs so much and naturally the Renaissance from the nineties is their best period when it comes to music. All nine movies from this period feature quite a number of songs and all of them got their representatives which just goes to show how strong musically each and every one of them is. So I tried to include more underrated songs along with those established classics and thus this list is pretty diverse. Top ten was of course just not possible, but even with top twenty I struggled so much and surely this has to be the toughest list I had to come up with so far as all of these songs are amazing. So without further ado, here are my picks for catchiest, loveliest and ultimately the best Disney songs from the nineties.

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20. Prince Ali

This Aladdin song is surprisingly quite underrated and to me much better than Friend Like Me. But maybe that’s just me. The song has it all – a great scene which is essential for the plot and Aladdin’s character development, a great imagery and it is such a fun, catchy and ultimately very memorable tune in and of itself.

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19. Hellfire

Being easily the most mature entry on this list, Hellfire truly is one of the darkest songs/scenes that Disney has ever done. The singing is great as is the song itself, but the lyrics are clever and perfect as they showcase all of Frollo’s desires  in a very creepy manner accompanied by some pretty menacing and striking imagery.

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18. You’ll Be in My Heart

It may not be Tarzan’s best number, but it is still 1999’s worthy Oscar winner. This song is beautifully sung by Phil Collins and it is the heart and soul of the entire movie as it relies heavily on the relationship between Kala and Tarzan and the lyrics and the scene itself are incredibly heartwarming.

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17. Zero to Hero

If you ask me, this just might be Disney’s catchiest, if not the best song ever. It surely is irreverent and silly, but I love it for that. It is funny in lyrics and imagery, incredibly fast and frenetic, but fun instead of obnoxious for it and it features excellent singing. It is such an entertaining scene and I loved the shift in the song’s middle and that meant that we basically got two different songs here and both are great. Hercules has such an underrated soundtrack.

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16. Under the Sea

Although not my favorite song from The Little Mermaid by a long shot, I cannot deny the power of this song nonetheless. It is one of Sebastian’s finest moments and of course I love his character so much. The lyrics are great, the scene is important in terms of storytelling and for both his and Ariel’s character and naturally it is such an infectiously catchy, amusing tune.

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15. Belle Reprise

To me Belle is a bit overrated of a musical number, certainly very good, but not one of Disney’s best. But here I picked that number’s reprise as it is easily superior to it. It is too short, but it features good lines for Belle and such a magnificent, powerhouse finale that showcases Paige O’Hara’s beautiful vocals accompanied by gorgeous scenery and majestic orchestra. That moment is honestly angelic in quality.

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14. Reflection

Of Mulan’s four songs, only two are good and both ended up on this list as they are not just good, but simply great. This one I always thought to be too short, but still it does everything a Disney musical number should do – give an excellent motivation/explanation for the main character while providing us a greatly sung, wonderfully sounding song accompanied by gorgeous Asian imagery. It just might be the quintessential scene from the entire movie.

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13. Be Our Guest

This is such a wonderful, effervescent and incredibly catchy tune. Be Our Guest is definitely one of Beauty and the Beast’s top songs. The entire scene is pleasantly reminiscent to Silly Song from Snow White, it is visually arresting and so much fun, both in lyrics and in its energy. And that final part features some truly stellar vocals.

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12. Be Prepared

This is in my opinion the very best Disney villain song of all time. A defining scene for Scar, it features some striking Nazi influenced imagery and superb animation style. The singing is excellent and the lyrics are so good as they serve to propel the story forwards. Be Prepared is not only very catchy and sinister, but also showcasing Scar’s evil nature stupendously which is why it succeeds as the ultimate villain number.

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11. I Won’t Say I’m in Love

Hercules’ best song gets this high 11th spot and deservedly so. Megara is one of my favorite Disney characters and this scene and number showcase why I love her so much. She is such a different Disney female character than usual and I love her screwball comedy personality and mannerisms. I loved the setting of this scene, it arrives at just the right time in the movie and it features excellent, for once different lyrics for a love song and it is so damn fun and charming.

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10. Son of Man

Son of Man is Tarzan’s best song in my opinion because it is just so incredibly, even frustratingly so, catchy. The energy in its rhythm is palpable, the song serves so well as a transition from boyhood to manhood and it features such a wonderful, fun scene filled with some good gags. But because it is so hummable and unforgettable, it got into my top ten.

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9. God Help the Outcasts

God Help the Outcasts is a different kind of song for Disney. It speaks about poverty and discrimination and it is extremely important and tragic which is to be expected from this mature movie. A defining moment for Esmeralda, the scene is gorgeously animated and it is a part in the movie where everything stops and you just enjoy the beautiful vocals, a wonderful message and such heartbreaking lyrics. It is such a touching and very underrated song.

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8. A Whole New World

Unlike the above entry, this one is highly thought of and for good reasons. It is without any doubt the most unforgettable scene in Aladdin, the most romantic and the most visually dazzling. The words are romantic, the imagery is gorgeous and I loved its vocals and that it is a duet as those are rare. A Whole New World is a bit too short, but such a great, timeless musical number and one of Disney’s finest love songs of all time.

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7. Can You Feel the Love Tonight

I love Elton John’s version of Can You Feel the Love Tonight so much, but the movie version is pretty great as well. I loved that it is again a duet, the song is so catchy and moving and it is such a perfect romantic song for this movie and it’s accompanied by such stunning imagery. It is overall a great scene for Nala and Simba, but the opening of the song with Timon and Pumbaa is wonderful and certainly one of their best moments in the film.

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6. Beauty and the Beast

This is another highly regarded song and although not my top pick, I cannot deny the power of this ballad and its truly timeless quality. This scene is one of the best that Disney has ever created and Angela Lansbury is amazing here and it’s all the more admirable that she did the entire song in one take and on first try. It is a heartwarming number that is structurally perfect and filled with superbly written and unforgettable lines that describe the entire film so well.

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5. Circle of Life

Circle of Life features again superbly written lyrics that are meaningful and fit the action on screen so well. The singing is great and the chorus is of course beyond catchy and instantly recognizable to this day. It’s such a classic number accompanied by Disney’s finest opening (and quite possibly overall best scene) of all time. It is the finest part of The Lion King and the movie just never recaptured that raw power afterwards.

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4. Kiss the Girl

Such a gorgeous song, Kiss the Girl is one of my all-time favorites in one of my favorite Disney flicks. This scene is essential as the most romantic one in the film and truly watching Eric and Ariel on the boat together is so emotionally rewarding. But it is Sebastian who entirely steals the show here as he tries to help Ariel out by making the perfect atmosphere for the two to kiss. The imagery is stunning and the chorus is so damn catchy.

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3. I’ll Make a Man Out of You

This is my personal choice for the number three spot which may seem too much for some, but this number totally deserves it. Mulan doesn’t have a great soundtrack, but this is the song that propels the entire score to much greater heights. The entire scene is great as it is important in terms of storytelling and the lyrics are excellent, but it is the upbeat tempo that makes this song stand on its own and apart from regular Disney fare. It is an extremely catchy tune that never ceases to make me sing along to it.

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2. Colors of the Wind

I just love Colors of the Wind and hold the utmost respect for it which is why it gets the second spot on my list. The song is beautifully sung and highly enjoyable on its own, but the scene is majestic in its imagery and visually arresting. But the reason why it is the second best Disney Renaissance song lies in its lyrics. It teaches us about racism and prejudice but also about nature and the importance of it through simply beautiful and very descriptive lyrics. It is the kind of song that is never didactic as it’s rather subtle and ultimately so important and timeless in its message.

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1. Part of Your World

 This is it, my number one. And it comes from my favorite Renaissance movie which is of course the wonderful The Little Mermaid. Part of Your World is the best part of the entire film which says a lot honestly. It is Ariel’s tour de force moment with an amazing singing performance from Jodi Benson. This is what every Disney song should try to be – it not only gives us awesome lyrics and singing, but an overall great sequence and it’s essential for not only plot but more importantly character development for its protagonist. It is the ultimate ‘I Wish’ song and the ultimate Disney Princess song where we see just how much Ariel wants to be a part of humans’ and Eric’s world. It is extremely emotional and such a beautiful Broadway number filled with beautifully descriptive and heartwarming lyrics. It is not only the best Disney Renaissance song, but it just might be their best of all time.

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Honorable Mentions:

The Bells of Notre Dame – This song is too long, but its final moments are jaw-dropping in their majesty. It’s a proof of how great Disney once was at matching the music to the setting and time period of the film stylistically. So well done.

Two Worlds – Two Worlds is a beautiful opening for very underrated Tarzan. It features good, explanatory lyrics for the plot itself and it was a great way to open the movie on a high note.

Something There – Such a playful and charming scene gets accompanied by Something There –  a very romantic and sweet, though too short number.

One Jump Ahead – This is such an irresistibly fun tune that perfectly gets us acquainted with Aladdin as a character accompanied by fun action on screen.

I Just Can’t Wait to Be King – Infectiously catchy and so damn entertaining, this Lion King song isn’t one of its best, but it is pretty underrated in its own right.

The Virginia Company – The definition of an underrated song is The Virginia Company – a very fittingly old-fashioned song for the opening of Pocahontas. It is also very catchy and fun.

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ReLIFE (2016)

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ReLIFE Review

ReLIFE is a 2016 drama anime series directed by Tomo Kosaka. It is a pretty good and funny, albeit ultimately disappointing show.

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If someone always follows the perfect path without ever facing hardship…

Is it really what’s best for that person?

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The anime follows a 27-year-old man who is unemployed and joins a scientific experiment where he gets rejuvenated by ten years and is sent back to high school as a student. Now obviously this is a high-concept idea which I really liked as it is pretty unique and simplistic, but provides great, emotional drama in the process. And because I myself am not employed and I am already 25, this story was very relatable to me personally.

I will talk about the problems of the show later, but now let’s talk about its characters. Arata Kaizaki is a very relatable, realistic and ultimately satisfactory protagonist. He is likable without being too likable or too boring. Ryo is solid, but not as interesting. Chizuru Hishiro is a great love interest and I just loved her socially awkward persona. They are such a great, wonderful couple and I loved them all the more as you get my personality when you mix these two together. They are such great characters that all of the others are lacking in comparison. But the voice acting is excellent for sure.

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So the problem with ReLIFE is just that it loses its steam in the second half of its run. At first it was basically a comedy, but then it became too much of a teen romance to me personally and I would have liked for it to have stayed in the comedy genre throughout its whole run as it was so funny and fun that way.

The humor is excellent and its first couple of episodes made me laugh for more than a couple of occasions. It was the perfect mix of relatable and awkward humor with many great and highly amusing situations so well mined for laughs.

But the romance itself, although good, is overly emphasized and ultimately not as epic as it should have been. The series just lost some of its luster in the second half as it was rarely as funny there plus the drama was also lacking. Mixing drama and comedy was what its first episodes did so well, but then they decided to go full teen romance angle and that hurt it tremendously.

The animation in ReLIFE is excellent and the kind of modern anime animation that is very pleasing for the eyes and not too colorful. I liked how the characters looked and I loved their school and how well the interiors were designed. The school setting was so well utilized here.

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The final episode was excellent and the first couple were great, but the middle parts were honestly disappointing. And the choice to focus on more supporting characters and volleyball bored me as I did not care for those characters and of course I have no interest in any sports whatsoever. As for its score, I liked it quite a bit and its opening theme is quite solid and very catchy. The show is also well edited and directed, but rarely as emotional as the script demanded and rarely as dramatic, though it was still rather relatable to me as I cared for and found myself in the two main characters.

In the end, ReLIFE is disappointing in its second half which relied too much on romance and not enough on humor, but the first half is great with excellent humor and many great situations. The character development is solid and I loved its main characters, the story was relatable to me personally and it is quite a good concept and it is ultimately a good anime that could have been great but ending up being just good.

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Worst Episodes: Revenge and Everybody’s Selfish Desires.

Best Episodes: Kaizaki Arata (27) Unemployed and Confession.

My Rating – 3.9

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Honeymoon Hotel (1934)

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Honeymoon Hotel is a 1934 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is an amazing, the best entry so far.

Yes, Honeymoon Hotel is that good, to me it is an absolute classic and I did not expect that. And I have to say that my high opinion of the movie has nothing to do with it being the first ever color Merry Melody because that is probably its weakest aspect. It is solid and pleasing, but Cinecolor just isn’t Technicolor and the quality is noticeable.

Even though the two bugs are typically designed, they are a lovable duo. The premise where we follow the two check into a hotel and cannot get privacy until they set the entire hotel on fire and finally can be alone is just ingenious. The humor here is absolutely fantastic and it made me chuckle more than a couple of times with its very suggestive sexual lines and winks. So good. But the music is also terrific, I loved how the entire hotel looked and was utilized and all of its characters were terrific with that caterpillar attendant being quite unique and a lot of fun. The doors hiding their doorknobs so that people won’t peak is the most inventive part here. The entire short is so unique that it blew me away.

Honeymoon Hotel is a phenomenal Merry Melody which is the best one yet due to colorful characters, suggestive and great humor and such a fantastic plot.

 My Rating – 4.5

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Peculiar Penguins (1934)

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Peculiar Penguins is a 1934 Disney short film in the Silly Symphony series. It is a solid, cute little film.

Peculiar Penguins is definitely overly long, clocking in at nine minutes which is rare for the series. But it is actually very entertaining and never boring despite that. It doesn’t have enough plot in it and it is definitely typical and predictable in its every scene, but it is cute with its penguins who are quite endearing and I loved the romantic aspect to it which was sweet with a wonderful ending.

I loved its animation. Very warm with great character design and beautiful scenery. As I said, the action is typical, but still well executed and I liked its cartoony situations nonetheless. It is a pure Disney movie both in style and substance and I really liked that. And the score is pretty good with the song in the first and third act being sweet and memorable.

Peculiar Penguins is typical, but very charming, so well animated and quite pleasant.

My Rating – 3.6

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Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Atlantis: The Lost Empire Movie Review

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Atlantis: The Lost Empire Movie Review

Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a 2001 animated science fiction adventure film which is Disney’s 41st animated feature. It is one of their weakest outings.

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“You are a scholar, are you not?

Judging from your diminished physique

and large forehead,

you are suited for nothing else?”

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Atlantis: The Lost Empire Movie Review

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I don’t know how they could have screwed a premise like this – A crew in 1914 goes to search for Atlantis, the lost civilization. They find it, but the trouble arises when their captain wants to use its resources. It definitely had a lot of potential, but the execution is so muddled that it ended up being one of Disney’s weakest films ever. Now I changed my mind upon second viewing and now I do not think it is bad but rather passable. But still that is very weak for Disney’s standards.

It is crazy to think about, but James Cameron basically ripped this movie off when making ‘Avatar’ which is just too similar to this storyline. That is because this is a good story that deals with important issues and themes. I liked its adventurous tone and it is also the first science fiction film to come out from Disney. But the storytelling isn’t the greatest and the film ended up being too simplistic and way too fast paced for it to work.

Let’s talk about the characters. They are unfortunate as the character development is Atlantis’ biggest flaw. The voice actors admittedly did a very good job plus it is a very interesting cast of characters as it is so diverse. There is a Black/Native American character than a Puerto Rican one and also an Italian and French guy. The movie is surprisingly ethnically and gender diverse for a Disney flick.

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But that ultimately did not matter as the film is overstuffed with too many characters and neither of them ever get properly developed and they are all thin as a tissue paper and very forgettable. Milo James Thatch is such a boring central character who is actually more annoying than sympathetic. Rourke is such a typical villain who did pose some threat near the end, but is mostly forgettable.

Kida is a typical native love interest who is weakly developed and overly sexualized. Vinny is the most forgettable of the bunch and his jokes did not work. Sweet is highly likable, but also underdeveloped. Helga is interesting and has some great scenes, Ramirez is also interesting albeit not particularly likable and Mole is just too ridiculous of a comic relief and never really funny. But Packard was funny as this elderly bored lady and she is the only character who made me chuckle here.

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Atlantis: The Lost Empire is gorgeously animated. This is the first movie from the studio to be heavily influenced by anime as they really wanted to employ that Japanese style here. And they definitely could employ it successfully so it’s a shame that character and plotwise, all three Disney anime films are very weak (‘Treasure Planet’ and ‘Big Hero 6’ are better than this one, but still so problematic).

I loved its hand-drawn animation, the character designs are very good and particularly the scenery is gorgeous. Some scenes such as that last sequence were stunningly beautiful and that was probably the highlight of the movie. I loved the city, I loved the water and everything looked awesome. The attention to detail that went into this production is staggering as the Atlantean buildings are very unique and they even created an entire language for them. That was very fascinating to witness.

Even though Atlantis is not a musical and doesn’t have any songs whatsoever, it still features a stellar score. The sound is great, but the score is excellent from beginning to end and very atmospheric and grand. It pleasantly reminded me of those old adventure flicks and in that area, it managed to recreate that adventurous feel. That theme near the end is stunning.

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So in the end it is a three-star movie and one of Disney’s weakest for sure. It is awfully fast in pacing and that is why it was a bit dull at times as I dislike excessive action and the third act here suffered from that. But the first act is very rushed too. I just wanted fewer characters in its cast and more time to breathe with more quality dialogue and emotion. This movie is so cold emotionally that it infuriated me. Disney movies are supposed to be heartwarming. So it is an okay film and intriguing, but ultimately frustratingly weak.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire is one of Disney’s most intriguing experiments with a gorgeous anime-influenced animation, excellent score, an impressive attention to detail and a winning premise, but it ultimately failed to become a great sci-fi adventure as it is too fast paced, too emotionally cold and filled with way too many characters who are all very weakly developed. It is a film that had great potential, but is so frustratingly misguided that it ended up being one of Disney’s weakest efforts.

My Rating – 3

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Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown (1977)

Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown Movie Review

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Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown Movie Review

Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown is a 1977 animated adventure comedy film directed by Bill Melendez. It is the third Peanuts film.

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“Why can’t I have a normal dog like everybody else?”

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Now this is going to be a personal review as always. I realize that non-fans of this property would find this movie boring, but I am a big Peanuts fan and I honestly liked it a lot. That is why I give it four out of five instead of 3.5 or even lower as most would rate it. It is a low 4, but still a four.
Yes, the overarching plot here involving the rafting competition between the Peanuts gang and the bullies is typical and actually only serves to provide the gang to go on this great, fun adventure. But that is why I didn’t have a problem with it. Yes, it was rushed in its execution (especially in the ending), but that is unimportant as it gave us such a fun, spirited and highly cozy adventure which I just adored. I love when the entire gang is on an adventure together and this movie gave me that in such a wonderful fashion.

Let’s talk about the characters. Charlie Brown himself is as good as usual, although not utilized as much this time around. But the beginning and ending where he is left alone and Snoopy provides him a ride are typically brutal and memorable sequences for him. Linus is thoroughly underutilized here and I expected more from Lucy as well, but Sally got some funny lines and Peppermint Patty is here at her best and I loved her interactions with the entire gang, especially Chuck.

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As for Snoopy and Woodstock, they are actually superb in this flick. Their shtick can usually get old pretty quickly, but this time around they never got dull despite the prolonged screentime because they have some wonderful gags here and they work great together. Their relationship is probably the best utilized in this particular movie.
Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown has a pretty weak animation which is actually cruder than usual and that is problematic, but the scenery is beautiful and, as I said before, I loved the river setting here. The highlights were the rafting scenes which were incredibly entertaining and the cabin scene which is the most charming in the film.

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It is a very weakly edited flick with such a mediocre first act, but the rest of the film is so effervescent that I liked it a lot nonetheless. It isn’t as good as ‘Snoopy, Come Home’, but it is still a worthy addition to the Peanuts filmography which actually turned out much stronger than I expected. These films are definitely worthy and some even better than the specials themselves.

The first act is certainly not the greatest and the entire storyline here is weak and just an excuse to have a fun adventure with the gang, but what an adventure it is. I loved its setting, the character interactions are very good and it is such a charming and wonderful Peanuts flick that I honestly liked it a lot despite its many obvious shortcomings.

My Rating – 4

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The Girl at the Ironing Board (1934)

The Girl at the Ironing Board ReviewThe Girl at the Ironing Board Review

The Girl at the Ironing Board is a 1934 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is a very charming, albeit slight entry.

This Merry Melody features a man and a woman falling in love at the laundry room. And their two clothes start dancing together as well. So naturally this is one of those Merry Melodies that heavily rely on music and surely the dance sequences here overwhelm. The entire second half is too musically oriented in my opinion and the first half was much better.

Yes, I loved everything about that first half. That clothes development was fitting to the plot and quite effervescent. That was obvious Merry Melody stuff, but in a good way. I also really liked the animation and the designs plus the score is very good with that opening titular song being quite catchy. The short is quite romantic.

The Girl at the Ironing Board features a weaker second half, but the first one is a lot of fun and very charming.

 My Rating – 3.5

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Get Out (2017)

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Get Out Movie Review

Get Out is a 2017 horror film directed by Jordan Peele and starring Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams. It is a very good, albeit far from great movie.

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“Man, I told you not to go in that house”

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It follows a young interracial couple who visit the mysterious estate of the woman’s parents. Yes, the script is strong and very smart. It for once explores a different kind of racism, the one of jealousy. Whether the protagonist was subjected for his penis size or strength, all of those were certainly incredibly racist remarks and highly uncomfortable and cringy moments. The film is very contemporary in its subject, yet very old-fashioned and timeless in its approach which pleasantly reminded me of psychological thrillers from the forties with its uncomfortable moments, stares and conversations.

But Get Out is still just very good and never great owing to its problematic third act. The first two acts are excellent for sure, but the third one featured a highly unnecessary turn to supernatural horror elements and an excessive amount of  regular gore. A once clever and subtle movie turned into unsubtle and typical bloodbath. And the explanation for the family’s behavior did not satisfy me at all.

And maybe I have watched way too many movies by now, but I totally got the twist with his girlfriend from the very beginning which rendered it frustrating. And if I may nitpick, I really disliked how in the beginning we see Andre getting abducted and yet I would never know that it was him hadn’t I read it afterwards. A very disappointing treatment for a potentially superb plot point.

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But the performances are excellent. Daniel Kaluuya is very good as an upcoming actor and Allison Williams surprised me with her creepy performance in a role quite unlike Marnie. The character development is solid for a horror film, but I found Rod to be a typical black friend stereotype who is just there to be a comic relief. Sometimes he was admittedly funny, but mostly he was overused. And to me Get Out is not a comedy at all. Just because it has a couple of funny lines does not classify it as a comedy.

What I liked about this film is its attention to detail and its extremely well done and creepy atmosphere. It felt menacing and dangerous. It was always cringe-worthy and awkward. And all of those family members were well utilized and each of the conversations was clever and memorable owing to a combination of great dialogue and script. It has some thriller and comedic elements, but I would mostly call it a horror film and a very good one for sure. It deserved all the attention that it received.

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The pacing is also fantastic as the film is deftly edited and never rushed. It is also well filmed and a couple of its moments were quite creepy so it succeeds as a horror film definitely. But Jordan Peele has to be the best thing about this movie. He was overhyped, but deservedly so as his direction here is remarkable and one of the best directorial debuts recently. He deserves every gig that he gets after this. And even though I think it is a bit overrated, Get Out is still a remarkable horror flick stupendously well done.

Its third act is inferior as an otherwise subtle and clever movie suddenly became typical and unsubtle bloodbath at that point plus I got the twist from the beginning, but Get Out is still a very good horror film and a remarkable directorial debut from Jordan Peele. The performances are good, the script and dialogue are clever and the film is both contemporary and traditional owing to its mix of relevant subject matter and old-fashioned, creepy scares. It is not as fantastic as everyone says it is, but it’s a respectable film nonetheless.

My Rating – 4

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