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Review: Beauty and the Beast

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Beauty and the Beast (2017)

PG / 129 mins.

Family / Fantasy / Musical

Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans

Director: Bill Condon


When the adaptation of the classic Disney animated musical Beauty and the Beast was first announced I was instantly sold.  Not only was Beauty and the Beast released during Disney’s golden era of musicals, but the remake was set to star Emma Watson as Belle, the musical’s lead lady.  When you add in the fact that it was being directed by Bill Condon (of Dreamgirls and Chicago fame), it did not take much more for the remake to become a must-watch for me.  Now that the movie, a tale as old as time, has finally arrived, I can report that the live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast has met my expectations, delivering an experience more magical than the original.

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If you have watched the original, then the remake should have you feeling right at home.  Aside from a few minor changes, the remake walks in lock step with the source material.  The Beast, played by Dan Stevens, is still under a curse that has trapped him in his own castle as a monstrous beast and his friends as a collection of inanimate objects.  He is still in search of someone who will love him before the last petal of his rose withers away.  Belle is still the young woman who, after going to search for her father, finds herself a prisoner in the Beast’s forgotten castle and soon begins to fall in love with the beast himself.  The rest is history.  It is still an endearing tale, only made better by the fact that Belle is not a damsel in distress this time around.  By Emma Watson’s demand, Belle is a more intelligent and capable character.  She is an independent and bookish woman, who will most likely act as an inspiration for a generation of young fans for years to come.

It is obvious that Emma Watson’s performance serves as the seat-filler, but the rest of the performances compliment her well.  Dan Stevens plays a good Beast, who shows both a beastly side as well as a charming side in his performance.  I think both him and Emma worked well together.  Then there are everybody’s favorite talking objects, Lumiere and Cogsworth, played by Ewan McGregor and Ian McKellan respectively.  The two acts as the comic relief throughout the entire movie and share some of the movie’s best moments.  Gaston, the narcissistic and charming antagonist played by Luke Evans, also does a wonderful job with his role.  He is even better than the original in that he starts off as a rather harmless goof and then quickly turns into a terrifying figure blinded by rage in the end.  It is still a fun character arch to watch develop onscreen.

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Emma Watson not only plays a good Belle, but it also turns out that she has a great voice as well.  Her performances, especially her opening number “Belle,” show off her great musical talent.  There were times where it seemed like her voice was digitally enhanced or modified, but it never felt too egregious.  The rest of the songs are just as great as the original classics.  Some songs have modified lyrics to fit the story while some songs are completely new.  While I don’t know how I feel about the modified lyrics, they never go too overboard with it.  Songs like “Beauty and the Beast” performed by Emma Thompson (who plays Mrs. Potts) and “Be Our Guest” sung by Lumiere and the rest of the castle crew feel livelier this time around and they will surely bring back some nostalgic memories.

The biggest differentiator (if it was not apparent already) is that the remake is live action.  CGI is the name of the game and it is well done in this movie, for the most part.  Lumiere and Cogsworth, as well as the rest of the castle objects, look amazing in CGI.  They are more fluid and move around with ease.  Mrs. Potts might look a bit creepy, though.  (What is even creepier is her Funko Pop figure) Then there is the Beast, who looked a little too rigid.  His movement did not feel natural which was especially evident in scenes like the ballroom dance.  CGI aside, there are some very nice looking shots throughout the movie.  It is a colorful film that is really pleasing to the eye.  There was some great cinematography that brilliantly captured the picturesque beauty of the original.

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While it might not be a popular opinion to most, I think that the adaption easily surmounts the original Beauty and the Beast, despite some of its technical issues regarding the Beast and some pacing issues in its story.  I really enjoyed the original movie, but I do not highly regard it as some do.  In my opinion, the original provides a good backbone while the adaptation takes the story and runs with it, filling it with more energy and magic.  While it might not seem instantly apparent, there are going to be a new generation of kids that look at the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast and they are going to view it as the definitive version.  While this might seem like a bonkers idea, it is not necessarily a terrible thing.

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Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

PG13 / 135 mins

Action / Adventure / Fantasy

Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac

Director: J.J. Abrams


Duuuuuuuuh-duuuh-duh-duh-duh-duuuuuuuuh-duuh-duh-duh-duh-duhhhh…. (Just imagine the rest of this review like it’s the iconic Star Wars intro title crawl with the iconic music in the background for added effect)

The Star Wars prequels left a bad taste in the mouths of fanboys across the world.  Episodes I, II, and III had their moments but they were largely underwhelming and incomparable to the original masterpieces of IV, V, and VI.  Making matters worse, it’s been ten years since Episode III came out, meaning the bad taste has just lingered and festered for years.  Fans started to become anxious for the next installment in the storied franchise, just something to cleanse their palette.  Enter Disney.  Famed Star Wars director George Lucas sold his baby to the entertainment juggernaut that is Walt Disney and soon to follow this news was the announcement that a new trilogy would soon be making its way to the big screen.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens slowly became one of the year’s most anticipated movies.  Directed by J.J. Abrams, the movie would continue the story of famed movie heroes like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia, along with some newer characters joining the fray.  It is made clear that The Force Awakens is on a mission to set the series back on the right track of what made the classics great.  Now we have something else to talk about instead of the prequels sucking so much.  I don’t know if you’ve heard, but The Force Awakens has been selling gangbusters and breaking records left and right.  It has become one of year’s biggest movies.  J.J. Abrams has successfully accomplished his mission and has made a Star Wars movie to rival the classics.

The Force Awakens takes place thirty years after the events of Return of the Jedi.  A lot has happened since then.  The First Order, led by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver of Girls fame), is the omnipotent evil that spans the galaxy.  The Jedi are just a myth of the past.  The characters from the previous films are all doing their own thing now.  Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) is still the general of The Resistance, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) are still the rebel bounty hunters that we came to love, and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is missing, which is the main crux of the movie’s story.

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Within the first couple of scenes we are also introduced to the new faces that will drive the new trilogy for the years to come; Daisy Ridley and John Boyega.  These two are the new fresh faces that this series needs.  Daisy Ridley plays Rey, a scrapper from Jakku who is under the impression that one day her long lost family will come back to find her.  John Boyega, on the other hand, plays Finn, a Stormtrooper who wants to change his ways.  The two character’s paths meet up in a play of destiny and they are set on a mission after finding the cute little droid BB-8 that has part of the map that will lead the Resistance to Luke Skywalker.

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John Boyega’s Finn was probably one of my favorite new characters from the movie.  His humor is a refreshing change of pace for the movie and he has an energy that is undeniable.  Daisy Ridley is amazing as well.  I believe that both of them will have what it takes to carry the monolith that is Star Wars into the future.  This movie was their proving ground and they took the baton from the established cast and are ready to move on into the future.  I also want to mention that Adam Driver did a fantastic job as Kylo Ren.  His character was perhaps the most intriguing of the bunch.  Ren is a unhinged and emotional apprentice to the Dark Side that is afraid that he will never live up to Darth Vader.  Driver captured this character’s unstable nature amazingly and I really look forward to perhaps taking a deeper dive into the shroud that this character withholds.

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The nostalgia factor is out the roof the second the notorious title crawl starts scrolling up the big screen.  Everything from the sights to the sounds bring back pangs of nostalgia and reverence to the original trilogy.  The use of practical effects in The Force Awakens alone is super cool in that it adds to the old school mantra that this movie upholds.  It really made the movie feel like the original trilogy.  In fact, this movie was super similar to A New Hope, maybe a little to its detriment.  Everything from the locations to the story seem to fit right in line with A New Hope, almost like it was trying to play it a little safe, using the already established classic as a crutch to carry it forward.  This doesn’t mean too much right now, but if the next movie starts to fall in line with The Empire Strikes Back, then maybe we should start to feel alarmed.

There’s also the convenience factor that started to make me question a lot of the things that happened in the movie.  I fear that if I started to go deeper into what I mean by this, spoilers would start to arise so I am going to stay out of the mud for now.  If you see the movie, you’ll know exactly what I mean.  Things line up in ways that seem impossible and characters run into other characters at opportune times that make you shake your head a bit.  Don’t get me wrong, this is a problem that a lot of movies have, but that doesn’t make it excusable.  Similar to my point about The Force Awakens being too similar to A New Hope, this isn’t a big problem in the movie, but you can add it to my list of small gripes that I have with it.

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It’s been a while since a movie instilled a feeling of pure childish giddiness in me but The Force Awakens really did that for me.  The feeling of going to see a new Star Wars movie in theaters again was just a delight in itself.  Luckily the movie was pretty fantastic to go along with these nostalgic feelings.  The movie took its time and established the new characters and paid homage to the old in ways that seem to set up the future movies pretty well.  (I should also mention that the movie’s last shot was pretty amazing, setting up the cliffhanger that will be picked up in Episode 8) Whenever J.J. Abrams had his hesitations with signing on to the iconic series, I understood why he would have these feelings.  He can rest easy now because he accomplished a lot of great things with The Force Awakens.  This is the Star Wars movie you have been looking for.

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The Terrifying Nightmare that is Dismaland

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I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that Banksy has created a dystopian version of Disneyland.  Over the years, the English graffiti artists and political activist has given his fair share of political and social commentary in the form of satirical street art and other eye-opening exhibitions.  However, this time Banksy might have outdone himself.

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Dismaland is Banksy’s newest exhibition, set in the confines of an old seaside resort in Weston-super-Mare, UK.  Don’t let the famous lettering of the park’s entrance gate fool you, Dismaland is not as happy as your favorite mouse’s theme park.  The exhibition, which not only features some of Banksy’s art but 50 other artists’ including Damien Hirst and Caitlin Cherry, is running for five weeks, starting tomorrow.  It features a bunch of familiar themes from Banksy’s past works including anti-consumerism and anti-corporate messages.  The place looks like a product of Walt Disney’s nightmares.

No seriously, somewhere Walt is turning in his grave.  Just look at the place…

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Looks fun doesn’t it?  Yeah I didn’t think so.  The park features everything from Cinderella’s castle, which has seen better days, to a mangled looking Ferris Wheel.  There’s also a bunch of other little attractions like a creepy little sandbox for the younger crowd and a midway full of your favorite fairground games, although they will most likely be impossible to win, because it’s Dismaland.  There’s also statues galore featuring the artwork of a multitude of different artists.

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Other notable attractions include a Stallion built from used scaffolding, a cinema displaying a wide range of various short films, a circus tent full of Gothic sculptures, an odd statue of two tankers called the “Big Rig Jig,” and various other scary looking atrocities that you would find at a post-apocalyptic amusement park.  Surprisingly, there is no mouse to be found within the dark walls.

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In order to gain entry to the park, you have to go through some weird NSA style screenings, which proves to be a hassle.  You then quickly get lost in the park’s undeniable allure and dark fantasies.  You get so lost that its almost hard to find an exit to leave.  Don’t bother asking any of the parks disgruntled employees, because they won’t provide much help at all.  They don’t even look they want to be there.  Dismaland is a weird place with a shock value that get’s its bleak message across with ferocity.

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Perhaps what makes this place more interesting is the blanket of secrecy that was cast over it as Banksy and other artists were hard at work developing the nightmarish park.  The place was walled up for a long time with no access granted to any press or the public.  The location was toted as being a filming location for a new movie titled “Gray Fox.”  It was convincing, but the mystery drove fans to new heights in anticipation.

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Dismaland is a fascinating creation that has a lot of bold things to say about not only Disney, but the culture of theme parks and consumerism.  I guess it’s only fitting that such a place is going to have performances from Pussy Riot and Massive Attack.  Dismaland is probably not the place you would want to take your kids on your next vacation, but it is still definitely worth checking out.  I am not super interested in art exhibitions, but this sort of exhibit is something that I would make an effort to see for myself.  I wonder if any Disney execs will be making the trip out there?   …maybe not…

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Pirates of the Caribbean – A Return to the High Seas

It’s been a while since Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean series was relevant in the pop culture discussion.  The last entry in the series, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, came out in 2011, about four years ago.  The question was not whether they were going to make a new one, but when.  On Stranger Tides grossed about 1.05 billion, so it would be crazy for Disney to abandon the franchise.

It was no surprise when Disney finally announced earlier this month that work had begun on the next movie in the series, titled Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.  Filming has begun in Australia, and is being directed by the duo Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning.

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Details have been sparse, but some announcements have been made in the past couple of weeks.  Johnny Depp will be returning for his award winning role as Captian Jack Sparrow.  The adventure will feature a down-on-his-luck Sparrow in danger of the evil Captain Salazar, played by newcomer Javiar Bardem, and his band of ghost pirates who have escaped from the Devil’s Triangle and are on a mission to kill all of the pirates of the sea.  In order to save himself, and others like him, Sparrow must seek out the legendary and powerful Trident of Poseidon, which grants the beholder control of the high seas.  The inclusion of mythology begs the question of whether other forms of mythology will appear in the movie.

Other newcomers have been announced, but there roles have been largely unclear.  Brenton Thwaites has been announced to play Harry, and Kaya Scodelario and Golshifeteh Farahani have been announced as well.  In addition, Geoffrey Rush will be returning to play Barbossa, Kevin R. McNally will be playing Joshamee Gibbs, and Stephan Graham will be returning to play Scrum.  It has also been rumored that fan favorite Orlando Bloom will be returning to his role of Will Turner.  If these rumor are true, the question of whether Kiera Knightley will play a role in the story for her role as Elizabeth will also arise.

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Further details on casting and story will be coming in the coming days and months, but the announcement that Captain Jack Sparrow will be rupturing to the dangerous high seas should be enough for some.  The Pirates of the Caribbean series has been one of Disney’s pride and joys, but it is unclear whether or not this will be the last addition to the series.  If it does, you would have to think that this entry might be the last for Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow.

Why Tomorrowland (The Movie) is Exciting

There is something about Disney World that excites me.  This is probably due to the numerous experiences that I have had with the parks.  There’s just something about the place that makes me enthusiastic.  Simply, it is a magical place.

If I had to pick a favorite park in Disney World, it would probably be Tomorrowland.  It’s the ride Space Mountain that really does it for me.  There is nothing more iconic about the theme park than the futuristic looking structure that holds the thrilling coaster inside.  The minute you enter Tomorrowland, all you see around you is futuristic buildings and structures.  It’s just a place of wonderment, especially when I was a kid.

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A couple of years back, Walt Disney Pictures announced a project entitled 1952.  It was a mysterious announcement and not much was known about it at the time.  Then, as time passes, casting announcements were made, including George Clooney and Hugh Laurie.  It was also announced that Brad Bird would be the director of the project.  Recently, however, the project received a title switch, and transformed into Tomorrowland.

tomorrowland posterThe movie, slated for a 2015 release, received a teaser trailer that was just put out a couple of days ago.  The trailer prominently features Britt Robertson, who plays the part of a teen brimming with curiosity over a pin she finds that takes her to an alternate world known as Tomorrowland, a place where “nothing is impossible”.  The trailer also gives us a glimpse of George Clooney’s character, who is a grizzled inventor who was a former boy-genius.  The movie looks like it will be about the two of them exploring this world of Tomorrowland.

As you would expect, I am pretty excited for 2015.  I am a sucker for movies that feature the Disney parks.  It’s unknown whether or not Tomorrowland will be based on the Disney theme park but judging by the looming futuristic structure in the teaser (that bares some resemblance to the Space Mountain structure), things look promising.

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The movie Escape from Tomorrow was a film that was shot in the Disney parks without Disney’s knowledge.  As weird an interesting as it was, it was still cool to see the familiar world of Disneyland cast in a dark light.  Now, I am not saying that I want Tomorrowland to cast the Disney park in a dark and gritty spotlight, but I am interested to see how the park will be represented, given that the movie is being made by Walt Disney Pictures themselves.

My guess is that Disney will follow suit of movies like Divergent or The Hunger Games and make a movie that will largely appeal to the teen demographic.  This can come to be expected given that Disney is making the movie and they probably not willing to make a darker movie about their own theme park.

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Still, my excitement level for this movie remain high in the coming months that will lead up to it’s release, considering that more information will likely get released.  I have always had a thing for Tomorrowland, and a movie about this park will be exciting for me, no matte what sort of form it will take.

Review: Escape from Tomorrow

escape from tomorrow posterEscape from Tomorrow (2013)

Not Rated – 90 Mins.

Director: Randy Moore

Fantasy/Horror


Disney World is the place where nothing bad happens right?  Disney World is the happiest place in the world.  The kingdom for kids and adults alike. An eternal playground for anybody who walks through the gates of the magical place.  Escape from Tomorrow, directed by Randy Moore, seems to contradict everything about Disney World as a whole.  This is what makes the movie so eye-grabbing…but also hard to watch at the same time.

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Escape from Tomorrow gives us a glimpse into the last day of vacation at Disney World for Jim (Roy Abramson) and his family.  In the opening minutes of the movie, we see that Jim gets a phone call from his boss informing him that he has lost his job.  Not wanting to upset his family and ruin the vacation, Jim decides to keep this information from his wife Emily (Elena Schuber) and his kids Sara (Katelynn Rodriguez) and Elliot (Jack Dalton).  From here on, we start to see what dark pit that Jim falls into over the course of the day.

The movie’s tone is quite disturbing.  We see a man dive into a pit of insanity in the world’s friendliest and joyful location.  Can’t you see the contradiction here?  Viewing Disney World through the lens of a black and white camera is also sort of jarring.  A land full of color and happiness seems foreign and different in black and white.  This contradiction drives the movie and makes it hard to stop watching, even though you constantly want to look away.

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As the day goes on, we see Jim become attracted to two teenage French Girls who roam the park.  He also starts to have disturbing visions on different rides.  He is forced to protect and watch his kids, while trying to ward off the suspicions from his wife.  His wife knows that something is wrong with him.  He acts strangely as he goes deeper and deeper into his pit of despair.  Towards the end of the movie, he ends up getting himself into more trouble as his fantasies for the teenage girls becomes harder to resist and his focus on his kids slowly starts to fades.  We see him become more alone.  In a park full of thousands of guests, it seems as if he is totally by himself, fighting his temptations and dark fantasies.

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It was after the intermission that things started to get really weird and really dark…and fast.  The last twenty minutes of the movie is horrifying, as we see a lonely man totally consumed by his insanity.  It was hard to watch, but so enticing and exciting at the same time.

What makes this movie so interesting is the way in which it was shot.  Randy Moore and his crew spent a series of days in the Disney parks filming the whole movie, without Disney’s permission.  As you could imagine, a task like this would be deemed impossible to many, but somehow Moore did it.  He used a guerrilla style of filming, which involved numerous stolen shots and quick takes on the different rides.  The actors would say their lines, do their scene, and then get out of there before anybody would notice what was going on.  Moore even took the effort of editing the movie to South Korea to hid the whole project from Disney and to keep it a secret.  When the movie was first screened, it was amazing that Disney took no action against the film.  Even though they were “aware” of its existence, they decided to ignore it, hoping that the film would die off in publicity.

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I have to give credit to Moore for carrying out such a task as filming a full feature-length movie in a Disney park without anybody noticing.  Filming the movie in a place like Disney World really helps the movies atmosphere, but it didn’t help the movie’s acting.

Although it’s hard to fault the acting in the movie given the circumstances of their situation, but it really detracted from the experience of the movie.  Roy Abramson did an alright job as Jim, but you could sense the inexperience.  In fact, you could sense the inexperience among all of the actors in the movie.  Not much of these actors have that much credits to their name on other projects, and you can see why if you watch their performances in this one.  No one’s performance was exceptional.  The two french girls (Danielle Safady and Annet Mahendru) were probably the best acting performances.  However, this isn’t that impressive given the lack of lines that they had.  They were basically the muses that teased and attracted Jim deeper into his madness.

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Despite it’s faults and missteps, Escape from Tomorrow tells an interesting tale about a man’s descent into darkness in the most happy place on Earth.  It’s a black comedy of sorts, that’s terrifying at times, and it provides an interesting commentary on Disney as a whole.  The tagline for the movie was “Bad Things Happen Everywhere”.  After watching this movie, it’s hard to look at Disney and Disney World the same again, and I can’t tell if I should be mad at Escape from Tomorrow because of this or not.  Even though it’s not the best movie by far, it’s the concept, not the execution, that made it hard to turn away.

 

 

New Mickey shorts on the way!

If you have seen any Mickey Mouse cartoons in the past couple of years, it is easy to see that Disney has gone in a modern direction with them.  They are not like the cartoons that you saw 85 years ago when Mickey first came under the spotlight.

That all changes June 28.

Disney has announced a new series of 19 shorts that will star Mickey and the gang.  This time, the cartoons are going for a retro look with some modern flair thrown in.  The new series will debut on the Disney Channel and on Disney.com.  The series will be aimed towards kids aged 6-14 and the series will travel to locations like Paris, Beijing, New York, and Venice.MICKEY MOUSE

You can see the first short here.  The short is entitled “Croissant de Triomphe” and it features Minnie and Mickey Mouse in Paris.  Minnie is a waiter at a restaurant and, due to popular demand, she runs out of Croissants.  She tasks Mickey to bring her a shipment of Croissants.  So, Mickey goes on a little adventure, with his motor scooter, through the streets of Paris.  There is a lot of humor in the cartoon and there are some surprise cameos from other Disney cartoons featured in the short too!

The new series of shorts will be a nice refreshing break from the more modern stuff that Disney has put out.

Oz the Great and Powerful Review

oz-the-great-and-powerful-movie-poster-02If you can remember, the original Wizard of Oz movie debuted way back in 1939, starring Judy Garland as Dorothy and Frank Morgan as the Wizard of Oz.  That was a long time ago so it makes you wonder why they waited so long to make another movie in the series, considering how well it has done.  Fans will finally get their answer when they watch the new movie from Disney, Oz the Great and Powerful.

The movie is basically a prequel to the original Oz movie and it stars James Franco as the wizard himself; the con-man.  He pretty much overacted throughout the whole movie, but, it works for his character.  He plays the part of the selfish and witty “wizard” that is sent to the mysterious land of Oz.  But, before we get to Oz, it starts out in…yes, you guessed it, Kansas.  The beginning part of the movie is completely shot in black and white, which works very well.  He does a show, but it goes horribly wrong when a little girl asks him to make her walk.  Oz runs away and then chaos ensues as he gets thrown into a Tornado while in a hot-air balloon.  Doesn’t this all sound familiar yet?oz_the_great_and_powerful_21

Oz finally finds him self in the very beautiful land of Oz.  The first thing I noticed when I saw the land of Oz was it’s beautiful landscapes and scenery.  There is so much color and visuals that fill the screen when he sets foot on the ground.  Everything looks awesome and it is definitely candy for the eyes!  The first person that the wizard meets on his journey is Theodora, played by Mila Kunis.  I talked about how good of a job James Franco did with his part and now I am going to talk about how horrible of a job Mila Kunis did with her acting.  She is just not believable at all when she says her lines and acts during the movie.  She is basically just there for eye-candy, giving viewers something to look at…and by that I mean her body.  It is actually surprising how much Disney let go when the movie deals with cleavage.  Basically all of the female characters…besides the little porcelain girl…have cleavage that are ready to burst out of their clothes.

Anyway, the Wizard and Theodora then go to the Emerald City where they find Evanora, the sister of Theodora.  Evanora shows the Wizard around and then puts him to the test.  She tells him to save them from the evil witch that has been reigning over the land of Oz.  This is basically the point in the story where Oz is tasked with basically finding himself as a person.  He at first doesn’t believe in himself but then progresses onto bigger and better things during the course of the movie.oz-great-powerful-image01

On his adventure, he meets characters like a Flying Monkey and a China Girl, who accompany him during his trek to find the evil witch.  The wizard also finds Glinda (Michelle Williams), the woman who basically helps him out throughout the rest of the movie.  I could go on about the movie but I don’t want to in lieu of spoilers.  The movie has lots of twists and lots of cool visuals throughout.  The coolest part of the movie was definitely seeing the CGI work that probably went into the movie.  The animators really brought everything to life, Oz-Great-and-Powerful-Franco-dollincluding the funny characters of the Flying Monkey and the China Girl.  Those two characters, especially the monkey, brought lots of comedic relief to the movie.

The movie will most likely get lots of mixed reactions because of the quality of acting in the movie.  The only person who really did a good job with their acting would probably be Michelle Williams and James Franco.  Everybody else was really unbelievable   But putting all of that beside, I was entertained.  Even though this was not the best movie I have every watched, it was still very entertaining and worth the price of admission.  It was very cool to see the plot come together and lay the groundwork for the plot events of the original Oz movie.  If you are a big Oz fan, or just someone who wants to see how it all comes together, just forget about the acting and watch for the experience…because it’s a good one!

Monsters University Trailer

Being scary is a full time job for the monsters at Monsters Inc.  and it is not an easy job either!  It takes a pretty good education to stay afloat in the scaring industry.  That brings up the question: Where do you go if you want to study scaring?

Well, you can be like Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) and go to Monsters University, a prestigious college that offers a major in scaring!  This new trailer features many things you would expect from the college life; parties, hard rock, football, and the police…not to mention the school work!  Try and see if you can pick out any college stereotypes because I definitely found some!

Monsters University will scare theaters everywhere on June 21.  Enjoy!