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Obviously, there has also plenty of attention given to this being the first MCU movie with a female lead. With that being said, one of the strongest attributes of this movie was how they managed to deliver on that message. It was clear and present for pretty much the whole time, but it never felt like they were soap-boxing. It it into the storyline extremely well. Even the big moment of confidence and ability is something that everyone can feel good about.
Something fun about the movie are the 90s references. By the looks of it, the movie makers had as much fun adding them as we will have finding them. From the moment we see in the trailer when she crashes through the roof of a Blockbuster Video, the nostalgic Easter Eggs are never in short supply. While there are a bunch of them, they always made sense in creating the setting. The best Easter Egg is the cameo of the late, great, Stan Lee. This one may even bring a tear to your eye, just in how fitting it felt.
Our founder Jeremy would have certainly given this the "Amazing" seal of approval. I fully recommend it to everyone. There is plenty of action but no extreme violence. In fact, the most startling moment in the movie is actually one of the funniest scenes in the movie. After you see it, please comment with your opions, even if you don't like it. We only ask that you keep it family-friendly and spoiler-free.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
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It's been 6 years since "Wreck-It Ralph" took us into the world of video games. What else could they do with these characters to create a sequel? Move on to the next game? Nope...they're heading for the internet.
The story jumps right in from the beginning. They established where they've been since the first movie, but don't dwell on it before moving on to the adventure. John C. Riley and Sarah Silverman return to voice Ralph and Vanelopie. It's hard to create an on screen chemistry without actually being on screen together, but they nailed it.
Have you noticed how so many movies now are hiding "Easter Eggs" in their scenes? Disney does a little of that here...in at least 90% of the movie. I think the animators had some character models on file and just said, "Let's use this one, oh, and this one....How about we use them all? Just to be safe." Between charcters and a ton of internet puns and references, I'm not sure you'll ever find them all. Don't worry, every one of them makes sense with the story, and are really well done. There is even a very timely cameo in there.
While the movie is a load of fun, it also has a well told story about friendship and what it means to have roots and wings. There are even some reasonable internet tioa hidden in jokes.
The visuals are incredible. If you've ever wondered what the internet might actually look like, or "How does that get there from my computer?", the filmakers create a very compelling concept of what that might be.
Disney definitely doesn't disappoint with "Ralph Breaks The Internet". Our founder would stamp this one "Amazing". I fully recommend taking the family to see it on Thanksgiving weekend. Disney has been influenced by owning Marvel, so be sure to stay rhrough the credits. Post a comment and let us know what you think of the movie.
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Saturday, August 11, 2018
As the trailers show, Christopher has grown to a man since he last played in the 100 Acre Wood. In this movie, you can find out what happened after all those stories we grew up with.
“Christopher Robin” is a fun nostalgic experience, but it is also more than that. It is a story about family, friends, and what should be important in life. I have to admit, when I first saw the original trailer about Pooh finding him, and being real, I was thinking this was just going to be an attempt at a family friendly version of “Ted” (an extremely non-family friendly movie). I am happy to say that it isn’t.
It is a really well written story that keeps you engaged the whole time. There is a small word of warning. Christopher grew up in the early 1900s, which means there is reference to World War 1. It is still a very, very family friendly movie, just don’t mistake it for a Winnie the Pooh cartoon. It’s pretty much along the lines of Disney’s recent live action adaptations of “Cinderella” and “Beauty and the Beast”.
The acting is terrific. The legendary voice of Jim Cummings is the perfect choice to bring life to Pooh ear. Add to that the other amazing voice talents, some veterans some new, and you will be brought back to the “enchanted neighborhood, of Christopher’s childhood days.”
For the majority of the story, Christopher Robin is all grown-up and portrayed by Ewan McGregor. He really connects with the character and gives you a real sense of the history of the character and how he went from the young boy in the 100 Acre Wood to the man we meet in the movie. Hayley Atwood joins McGregor as Evelyn, Christopher’s wife. She proves her strength, even in a supporting role, and provides an important drive to the story. Comic movie fans probably noticed that Agent Carter was married to Obi-Wan Kenobi.
The visuals for this movie are simpler than many recent CG releases, but that is perfect for this movie. They could have easily gone 3D, with big sweeping views of the scenery. Given the design, that would have been a great thing to watch, but it would have distracted from the feel of this film.
Whether or not you grew up reading and/or watching the stories of Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh like I did, I really recommend this movie. It is more toned down than some, but that really is a plus here. Our Founder, Jeremy, would have called it “Amazing”. Check it out and let us know what you think.