Through most of my years growing up, I didn’t watch Disney movies often. I remember, as a child, seeing Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Aladdin, Tarzan, and Mulan but those were the only Disney films that I ever watched. It was only until recently that I started getting into the Disney classics as I revisited Mulan and Tarzan, rewatched The Lion King for the third time, and finally saw, for the first time, the classic Beauty and the Beast film after enjoying the live-action version. But then I decided to tackle one of Disney’s most mysterious movies to me, Pocahontas.
Growing up it never appealed to me to watch it even though it contained one of my favorite Disney songs, “Colors of the Wind”. But after having seen nearly all of the Disney classics (I still need to watch The Little Mermaid) I figured I might as well check it out. And I have to say, it was pretty good.
Pocahontas is a classic love story that’s been told many times before. It follows the story of, well, Pocahontas, as she yearns to discover what her destiny is. Her father, the chief, wants her to marry the handsome young Indian warrior of her tribe but she finds him too stern for her liking. But as English settlers arrive on her people’s shores she meets the man that she would ultimately fall in love with, Captain John Smith. Continue reading ‘Pocahontas’ Is An Ultra-Romantic Disney Movie
Last year’s Oscar winner for Best Animated Film was this film that I’m dedicating this post; Coco. And for good reason. A few years ago the animated movie that was all the rage was Inside Out so of course, I wanted to watch it. When I finally did I was overwhelmingly underwhelmed. The movie didn’t catch my interest as much as I imagined and the emotional moments were almost laughably unemotional. It was so awful in fact that I didn’t finish it. So, since then, I watch critically-acclaimed children’s movies with little expectations so I won’t be too disappointed and that’s how I went into my viewing of Coco.
It was all the talk last year and I could only hope that it would be as good as everyone said it was. Um…it was!!! And more.
Coco follows the story of a young boy whose love for music takes him on a magical journey to the Land of the Dead where he embarks on an utterly riveting adventure. While there was a lot of marketing buzz around Coco I’m glad that I didn’t know the plot of the film so I could watch with fresh eyes and emotions.
Through the first half of the movie, I was definitely engaged in the story for its interesting storyline and beautiful cultural magnificence. Before this movie, I didn’t really know anything about the Day of the Dead or its significance to those who celebrate it but now, after this film, I think it’s an utterly beautiful holiday.
As I said before, the first half of the film was already enjoyable but it wasn’t until a shocking twist that I definitely didn’t see coming in the second half of the story that I truly realized how magnificent this movie was.
Let me warn you now. If you watch Coco be prepared to have plenty of tissues because this film released the waterworks on multiple occasions. It’s rare to watch a movie and not see a certain twist coming but this movie just kept dishing out the twists that took me on an emotional rollercoaster.
By the end of the film, I was a weeping, applauding mess. And that song “Remember Me” is Disney gold. It’s SUCH a beautiful song. Oh my goodness.
Continue reading ‘Coco’ Is One of the Most Beautiful Movies I Have Ever Seen
Even though I’m an adult there are still certain cartoons that I love to watch and one of those cartoons is Teen Titans Go! This cartoon focused on the DC Comic teen heroes consisting of Batman’s infamous sidekick, Robin, the boy with a beastly ability, Beast Boy, the half-robot, half-human hero with a favorite catchphrase (“Booyah!”) Cyborg, the alien princess with powers from another world, Starfire, and the half-demon girl who uses her dark powers for good, Raven. These five get into all sort of laughable mischief and aren’t afraid to make a song or two along the way.
They have become so popular on Cartoon Network in fact that this summer they received their own movie which came out in actual movie theaters worldwide. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find time to go and watch it when it was in the movie theaters but with it arriving on Digital I was determined. And, I’m glad to say, it was just as fun and hilarious as I expected it to be.
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Okay, I know I’m late. Big Hero 6 came out four years ago. How am I just seeing it now? Well, when it did come out all those years ago I wasn’t very interested in seeing it. I was busy watching Interstellar and being excited to see the The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. So, yesterday, after years seeing this movie but actually never watching it I decided to finally see what the Oscar-winning Big Hero 6 was all about.
As soon as the movie started I was hooked.
The movie begins with 14-year-old protagonist, Hiro, who’s a brilliant kid that likes to play the illegal sport in the fictional town, San Franyko, bot fighting. He can get hundreds of dollars in a single match and so, of course, he’s hooked. It takes his older brother, Tadashi, however, successfully redirect his focus to a more productive career.
He takes Hiro to an incredible school that focuses on helping brilliant young adults’ imaginations come to life. It’s at this school that Hiro meets the healthcare robot that will ultimately change his life, Baymax.
Continue reading ‘Big Hero 6’ Is a Fascinating Display of Creativity
I’ve just recently gotten interested in Marvel’s animated cartoons that are available to watch on Disney XD and so I decided to watch Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors. I thought it was a tv show but it actually was a tv movie and for the most part I enjoyed it.
I thoroughly enjoyed the diverse cast of characters in the movie. Ms. Marvel and Squirrel Girl (oh my goodness, I love Squirrel Girl.) America Chavez and Patriot. Quake and Dante. They were all such incredible characters that really opened my mind to the possibilities in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ms. Marvel is undoubtedly going to make an appearance sooner rather than later in the MCU. Her character is such an important piece to The Avengers and with Captain Marvel arriving in her own standalone film next year I have a feeling we’ll see the Muslim teenage superhero by at least 2024 (which actually seems a long way from now when you look at it that way.)
Continue reading My Review of ‘Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors’
Yesterday I was watching Freeform’s Fun Day which features a marathon of different family movies over the weekend and one of the movies that came on was Up. I remember watching the movie back in 2009 but for some reason I had forgotten nearly everything about the film. I forgot the film’s premise, the film’s beginning and end, I had forgotten it all, so it was like watching a brand new Pixar movie and oh my goodness was I taken on a ride I wasn’t expecting.
Up is about an elderly man named Carl who after the loss of his beloved wife loses his sense of adventure and becomes a classic old grump…until he meets a young boy scout named Russel who needs one last badge (the Assisting an Elder Badge) to become senior wilderness explorer. It’s a huge honor to Russel.
Long story short, Carl shoos the kid away by telling him to find a Snipe, an imaginary creature that’s been bugging his house, but when a construction company ends up having to take Carl’s house after an incident he decides to start living life again. He decides to find the Paradise Falls that he and his wife had always aspired to live by but he doesn’t realize that he has another passenger aboard his flying house; the clingy Russel. Together they go an adventure that is so wildly entertaining that I had a smile on my face the entire time I watched the movie.
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After fourteen years of waiting and wondering and finally accepting that there would never be a sequel to The Incredibles Disney made another dream of mine come to reality with the long awaited Incredibles II. When the Disney logo opened with the classic Incredibles music playing it was like a nostalgia bomb had been dropped on my senses and I became awash in happiness. Yeah baby!
The movie starts basically where the last film stopped which was expected and takes viewers on a fun family adventure as Elastigirl goes to bring superheroes legal again and Mr. Incredible becomes a stay-at-home dad.
Baby Jack Jack steals the show as his powers slowly evolve throughout the movie and leaves you surprised at every turn by how incredibly powerful he is. He’s also the main comic relief of the film. I mean, he’s 100% hilarious.
Elastigirl is given plenty of chances to shine as she saves the day over and over again. Her action scenes are easily the best parts of the movie.
And the villain, Screenslaver, is actually an antagonist who struck a bit of fear in me despite it being an animated film. One of the reasons why The Incredibles was such a great movie was because the villain caused quite the conundrum for the heroes and Screenslaver is easily a better villain than nearly half the Marvel villains.
The music for the movie is also well composed and retains that heroic aspect that made the first one so lovable.
The action, like I said before, is brilliant and are definitely the best parts of the movie. In fact, the action is so good that now I see why it was brought out in IMAX. It was quite loud and impressive indeed. *thumbs up*
Continue reading My Spoiler-Free Review of ‘Incredibles II’