I think the sensational part about the movie is more about the technique for its creation than anything else. I can understand that with such a catchy visual impact and the brilliance in giving life to toys in a funny, ironic and also touchy way, has made the movie a classic.
I enjoyed it, but, although I watched it few weeks ago, I have hard time recollecting some details and I realize then that I can't consider it a masterpiece.
It has some iconic moments and it has some interesting moral (with a sparkle of cynism: toys - or something else - are good and popular until something else and new comes and take its place). At the end, for succeeding one has to cooperate and be a bit humble (I think both main characters-toy suffer of arrogance and self-awareness).
The human characters are not really showing off their best traits here, but it is ok - the spotlight is definitely on the toy world and humans just serve a context purpose.
I guess one of the reasons why this movie didn't fully catch me is that I can't really sympathize fully with any character, leaving me a bit "dry" on one of the favourite aspects of watching a movie or read a story: the impersonation part and/or find some part of myself into it.
I think this movie really brings up a lot of positive feelings. Maybe quite classical and trivial themes, but still valid and set in a quite particular environment, populated by elves and magical creatures that well, they have abandoned magic and their own roots and believes.
The main character is a bit lost and engaged himself in a quest, against every odds, that will change him and make him develop for the better. But the quest is not only for him, it is also everyone that has lost the "magic" that will find it again.
The tempo is high, the risks make the whole trip to reach the final goal exciting and not given for granted. An underlining classical touch of humour makes it lightly even if the whole story is truly emotional and show generousity and unselfishness that is a bit our of the ordinary.
A feel good movie, a nice story telling, valuable moral, tinted in a blue/purple world that doesn't raise as extraordinary though.
It is not easy to make something about life/death and turn it into a cartoon which should address also kids. I think this attempt is remarkable, but probably missed the main target group.
I love the message/lesson that is transmitted to the audience, which is shared without being too criptically presented through the movie. It is quite obvious and doesn't give much space to interpretation.
However, I think it remains too abstract and farfetched for kids to appreciate the depth of it.
Despite that, it has a very nice flow, hilarious moments and a catchy graphic/representation/animation and of course, which made it great for everyone watching the movie.
I love the novel on which this movie is based, so no matter what, it is a pleasure to see a new adaptation.
Watching this specific movie as an adult, gives a total new dimension to the book, especially thanks to how the storytelling is done in this version.
The story is told from Mary's eyes and imagination and I think the actress could have been a bit more pushing in making a distinction between how was when Mary arrived in England and how she turned in the end. Most of the transformation is depicted through the dresses that she wears.
I was a bit disappointed that the garden turned out to be more like a gigantic park although it had the mystical atmosphere that it should have.
I loved how the power of nature and friendship is entangled as the garden ivy to lift up the soul and find the key to happiness, forgiveness and understanding.
The darkness is defeated with a purification fire - that symbolism and the others that are making the book I think magnificent are clearly stated through the movie.
I think the movie could have been moving than it was, but I appreciate that the harshness of the story wasn't hid away.
Alltogether a good family time, but I think it lacked some essential final depth to become a masterpiece.
I think this movie is brilliant, but quite tough to digest.
I love how everything is filmed, from the greyness of the Kim's family and their absurd life conditions, to the shiny/colorful pretentiously perfect and superficial Park's family life.
It is a contrast that shines through when the Kim's family, not really living in certain conditions, end up with great acting skills and pretentiousness behave as they are not.
How casually, but with a careful plotting, the two families create a dependency to each other is outlined in a very sophisticated matter.
The great message of the movie is delivered in the conclusive phase (which however lasted a little bit too long): for how much one can plan life is unpredictable and that seems to not be the lessons learned neither to the very bitter end, where roles have exchanged with some character and there is a wish for a life that is not what anyway the Kim's family could handle.
The tension is built up in the storytelling and when the bottom seems to have been reached there is always something coming up to shock and surprise the audience.
I would have wished for a bit less misery, just to feel less uncomfortable about all the events that have been puzzling up to build the final acts.
Acting was powerful (as it implied acting of the characters as well) but what I loved most was how everything was filmed, with the lights and the shadows to underline the contrasts even more.