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.
I generally enjoyed the movie, with its ups and downs.
I found very interesting the plot where the characters are still evolving, overcoming fears and sad moments with braveness and hardship, which is great to teach today's generation. The connection with nature, the elements, old religion and the population living in the northern part of Norway. The theme of how you treat other, different, people is strong and how that is connected to the place where one live and how one takes care of it is having a nice connection with a great moral.
Anna and Elsa are strong girls, using their wits and showing that with their great integrity they can overcome almost anything. It is a very positive message that is spread allover the movie.
I enjoyed also how the connection with the first movie was make and the hilarious moments that were highlighted by Olof, even more shiny in this movie than the first one.
I thought some "singing moments" are forced and make it a bit ridiculous the situation and Elsa's final steps is just a little bit too weird. I would have also appreciated that the geography (although, sure, this is not a documentary and Arendal is after all in theory fictional) would be a bit more respected when coming to fjords, seas and so on.
Altogether a good, magical movie, with complex messages delivered in a very smart way, which I hope will not only drown in the merchandise.
One can't surely expect that although this is based on a true story, it is all perfectly historically correct.
I think the effort put to make the movie interesting and moving is great, with beautiful photos, a pinch of irony and good acting. The mix is hard to fail.
The humor is almost typically British, as Oscar Wilde would depict it with his style, seeing the Royal House dancing around the extravagances requested by the Queen in the late years of her life.
Colonialism has surely had his dark sides and this is not left untold in this movie, where though the Queen seems to be trapped in her role and find relief from her prison and her lack of participation in her own business through the presence of Abdul Karim.
Abdul is possibly not being exactly straightforward, but the loyalty and feelings for his queen are depicted as genuine and that is what at the end, when watching this movie, one wants to believe in.
The movie has its moment. Bad and good ones.
When reflecting around it, it is for sure a clear thought that they got very much inspired by Tron. Maybe too much.
They pushed a lot also to make it funny, a bit carefree, bohemian somewhat, but became a bit too much on the ridiculous side.
There are some parts of the movie that simply don't make sense. It is true that these kind of movies can't fully fulfill the normal logic, after all we are talking of Atlantis and super heroes, but if we want them to be more entertaining they should not be absurd and far fetched.
A bit disappointing the presence of Nicole Kidman that actually doesn't bring much to the scene, rather the opposite.
What is though incredible of this movie is definitely how it has been filmed and its CGI. It is candies for the eyes!
I find usually sequels a bit dull and this surely doesn't live up to the original Mary Poppins. It might be that this Mary is more authentic in how she is depicted in the books, but she lacks the charm of Julie Andrew's one and becomes a bit too forced/too irritating at times.
The movie is a inch too long and it tries to mimic the same schema as the first movie with the "trips" into the magical world, meeting some weird relative (the Topsy sequence was though very good), having a bunch of low class workers dancing around, helping adults to find their inner child again as solution to many issues...
Some aspects are just touched and seems that there is a vivid intention to put a lot of elements alltogether (even the special interest of the lamp lighter for Jane Banks) without much consequential thought or relevant plan.
Even the soundtrack is blend. And it is natural to compare it with the amazing one of THE Mary Poppins, because I do not remember a single song of this and all of them seemed similar to each other.
I was not impressed by the acting. All seemed very forced and artificial.
All of this though in an impeccable setting, full of amazing details, beautiful picture, nice atmosphere and colors. Pity the magic is blurred.
I must confess I was disappointed at the end of the movie, considering the amount of praises I have heard of it.
One thing is for sure, the soundtrack is among the best ones I have ever heard and perfect to describe the struggle of this love story/two characters.
Although the music is quite perfect, the pace of the movie is weird and jumpy and doesn't give justice to the depth of feelings and problems that should have been highlighted through the production.
I am surprised at Lady Gaga's talent, I think she is playing her character in a superbe way, although it might be easy with possibly similarities with herself; I found myself a bit more startled by Bradley Cooper performance as he seems rather flat, considering the character.
A decent story that could have told with more depth and a better flow, incredibly sad and hopeless in putting the fingers on the strong power of addiction and weakness of some souls. Sometimes love is not enough.
The atmosphere of the movie is touching, with a gloomy, silence scandinavian light, where different dramas are intertwined on different levels.
I love the acting, I love the performances. Especially when the story starts to evolve and everything becomes clearer. To understand such characters and be able to portray them in such precise and accurate matter is true art.
However, how annoying when everything becomes from completely unexpected, to trivial and almost annoying, with some unclear and weird scenes that just made be irritated at the whole movie and didn't add too much to the pot.
I like to see the movie as a tribute to women, for their incredible inner strenght as wives, mothers, partners and lovers.
I wish the movie would have underlined more of these aspects, in the beautiful picture and surrealism of the Nobel Prize context.
I watched this movie on a long flight. Actually I did it twice. The first time though I didn't manage to watch it. I fell asleep and the only thing I remember was the monotone voice of Branagh accompanying me to sleep. I love Agatha Christie's mysteries and Poirot is one of my favorite characters, but when watching this movie, which however has a very beautiful picture, I end up wonder where is Poirot's charm and where is the mystery (or better, its resolution). It seems almost magical how our detective is just presenting the truth.
The all movie is kind of flat and lack the intrigue in trying to understand who has done what. It is so obvious that the hints that are given are not going to make any sense at the end.
How can one not become a fan of Wonderwoman when one watches the movie?
The character is totally nailed in this movie: she is beautiful, brave, stubborn, naive, gentle, passionated and strong. The movie is built so that the qualities of Wonderwoman are just highlighted through the story and the other characters.
There is a pinch of romance, there is action (maybe a tiny little bit), there is history and there is also some myth. The beginning could have been slightly faster in the storytelling, but I guess it was a necessary way to handle such flashback.
The fighting scenes are enriched by special effects but in the right measure. It is nothing of an unnecessary exageration, althugh we are talking of divinities.
This movie is an opening for women empowerment and heroism. Wonderwoman after this remains, is and always be my favorite DC character.
The movie has its moments. It is funny, ironic and definitely absurd. The scenarios are beautiful and it is filmed beautifully. Details are relevant everywhere. However, the movie doesn't let in his viewer. It is too artificial and too cerebral for being fully appreciated and the implications of one thing or another are impossible to catch in this format. It is nice to make original movies that are not too straightforward and trivial, but at least make sure that it can be appreciated without having a big question mark about what really the movie is about.
The Disney version of Alice lacks some of the book charm and makes the story definetely chaotic and a bit schizophrenic. Though, i love how the character of Alice is depicted (especially if we think that the movie is from 1951!) and several scenes are hilarious. Still, a very good family movie to watch, surrounded by some very nice songs, as always, in a typical Disney timeless style
Mary Poppins is just the perfect family movie, where the songs are just timeless and backbones to general kids culture. The setting is delightful in a perfect ironic representation of the beginning of the century. Julie Andrews is just the perfect nanny, the perfect Mary Poppins.
Very brilliantly executed considering that the movie is from 1964 and the special effects were definitely not of the same abundance in quantity and quality as today.
Fantasia is definitely one of the most classical Disney movies. I think it can be hard to be understood by the newest generations of today, so used to be overstimulated and not being able to enjoy the simple nature of things, as a beautiful well executed classical piece that brings up to life fantastic creatures and original stories. There is no need to have a specific plot when the idea is that the music and images are the red thread thorough the movie. Some parts might be a bit too complex for kids to understand and purely enjoy, but why everything has to be easy and served on a silver plate?
The movie sadly lacked any interesting aspect to make it more than a trivial enjoyable story. No very intriguing plot (although those poor cats were possibly the best characters in the all thing), no very original characters, very ok animation but nothing that was incredibly hilarious or breathtaking.
If you want to bring your kids to watch this, maybe you should choose something they will remember (especially if they seldom are at the cinema).
This is a quite cute movie, with some funny moment and some reflective one. Unfortunately, the dialogues are quite trivial and the acting quality doesn't always shine through the movie.
The plot and the story is nice and ironic, even though there are some absurdities that make it less realistic.
Anyway, a classical romantic comedy with an obvious "feel-good" goal.
Typical italian comedy with a moral. The story is pleasant and the characters development very interesting (and hilarious, if one reflects on it). The setting is pitoresque with Rome in the background and everything is indeed quite stereotyped, from the daughter that can't cook and is having always dinner at the parents, from the son that incarnates al the hopes of his father, and from the wife that lives a refined and empty life.
A positive story, that doesn't drown in religiousity but still wants to give a chance to everyone to improve.
The acting is nothing memorable, but it is good enough to give a subtle irony to the whole movie.