Movie Review: Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

hr_Muppets_Most_Wanted_11The Muppets have a formula that works for all ages

3.5 stars

The Muppets have always had a place in my heart. I grew up with the Muppets, back when Jim Henson was still alive and the Muppets had their own weekly show. While the Muppet franchise isn’t as strong as it once was, it might be possible to breathe new life into it.

Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” has an all star cast including Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon. The movie takes place across several places including Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and London. The Muppets are entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine – the World’s Number One Criminal. Complicating matters is that Constantine is a dead ringer for Kermit the Frog.

The Muppets still have their magic. Fast paced songs and kid friendly humor dominate, but the movie is sure to please anyone who loved the Muppets when they were growing up.

The movie makes fun of spy movies, prison break movies and a plan to steal the Crown Jewels. None of the jokes are child inappropriate, but parents will see the humor as well.


Of course, it’s Disney, so there is the to be expected money grab. What surprised me is that it wasn’t ridiculous. A few product placements were thrown in, but it wasn’t over the top. What advertisements were done were more tongue in cheek style advertisements.

One thing missing from this installment was Jason Segal and Amy Adams. They truly made the Muppets shine. While Tina Fey was good, she really couldn’t compete and didn’t seem to have the same level of chemistry as the child-like Segal.

The puppeteers are still working their magic, and the script itself carries off three different stories equally well. One is Kermit in a Siberian Gulag. Another is his evil look-a-like touring with the Muppets. In the third, Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell) partners with Muppet Sam the Eagle (voiced by Eric Jacobson) to hunt down the international jewel thief. Eventually, all three intersect and everything gets resolved.



The musical numbers are upbeat and fun, though a bit generic and not that memorable. However, the Muppets have been rocking since the 70s. There’s only so much they can do with them.

The Muppets feels like a kids movie aimed at grownups and fans of the Muppets will not be disappointed. All of the old favorites are there. The franchise is going on 35 years, but still manages to feel fresh.

Currently performing at number 2 at the box office, the Muppets prove they have a formula that works for all ages, from children all the way through adults. Muppet’s Most Wanted is worth the watch, due to an entertaining cast and an adherence to the style that made the Muppets famous.  Watch the official Trailer below!

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Movie Review: Son of God (2014)

Son_of_God_film_posterA commercialized, cliff notes version of the Bible

3.5 stars

The story of Jesus…yeah, that’s one that hasn’t been covered before. I am not a particularly religious person, though I admit that the story of Jesus is an intriguing one. This latest version comes from 20th Century Fox and is only falling behind Non-Stop at the box office.

Diogo Morgado plays possibly the best looking version of Jesus I have ever seen. Of course, it covers the basics. The trial, the crucifixion and the resurrection. Do I really need to do a synopsis? We already know how this movie ends.

Son of God was a bit white washed, when you compare it to predecessors like “Passion of the Christ:” which bordered on snuff film material. It cleans up the story of Jesus enough to make it suitable for a church picnic. If ‘the Passion’ made you flinch, then you can rest assured that there are no 45 minutes beatings in Son of God.

Morgado was chosen in the role of Jesus, probably due to his history of playing Jesus. He also starred in The History Channels version “The Bible”, which was extremely similar to Son of God. One of the problems with Morgado is that he can’t seem to get his accent down. One minute, you’re listening to a guy from 13th Century Scotland and the next, you’re listening to a surfer boy from San Diego. Morgado, who is a model turned Portuguese Soap Opera star, appears to have limited range. Whether he’s getting flogged, being crucified or healing the cripples, his expression never changes. But Morgado does have presence. He’s one of those people who grabs the attention of everyone in the room. In order to play Jesus, I think that presence is far more important than acting skill.


Strange accent and limited range aside, it’s actually a very good effort that is less painful to watch than The Passion of the Christ, but not nearly as fun as Jesus Christ Superstar. The problems were more with execution, rather than story telling.

For example, the best score of a movie is a score that the viewer doesn’t notice. A score is designed to highlight the atmosphere, not tell the viewer what to feel. The score in this movie was over the top, burdensome and about as subtle as being bashed over the head with a cello.

Also, they could have done without Jesus talking to the guy on the cross next to him. Yes, I know that it is part of the story, but all I could think of was the Monty Python’s Life of Brian, where the same thing happens. Then I couldn’t get “Always look on the Bright Side of Life” out of my head.


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The run time is a bit extensive, but the movie doesn’t drag. The best way to describe it would be as a cliff notes version of the Bible. It’s watchable, safe for squeamish viewers, and sticks to the traditional telling of the story. Son of God was a good effort that was clearly commercial.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Barefoot (2014)

Barefoot 1Light Comedy + Light Romance = A Decent Watch

3.5 stars

Barefoot, the latest indie romance, might have had a disappointing opening weekend, but it does have its own unique charm.

Barefoot tells the story of Daisy (Evan Rachel Wood) a mentally ill young woman who has been institutionalized after being raised by a reclusive helicopter mom. At the hospital, she meets Jay (Scott Speedman) the black sheep of a WASPy upper-class family. In order to hit up his dad for cash, Jay takes Daisy with him to his brother’s wedding, to prove how responsible he is.

The movie is a bit predictable. Of course, it is learned that there is more to Daisy than meets the eye and it all gets resolved when Daisy shows how stunning she is in an evening dress. But it’s a cute, not entirely light comedy, which is worth a few laughs.

Wood makes this movie sparkle, with her portrayal of the incredibly naive and inexperienced Daisy. She plays the part with childlike innocence, while at the same time bringing seriousness to the part with flashbacks.

The fact that Daisy is mentally ill is a bit sugar coated, and the movie makes metal illness seem like it could just be a quirk rather than a serious problem. Among other problems is Speedman’s character.

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As a recent parolee with a gambling problem, Speedman has a lot to overcome to make his character likeable. Unfortunately, he didn’t and Jay comes off as a real jerk. You almost want him to fail, because he is that unbearable. It would have played better if the character was a bit more sympathetic. Instead, they made the guy the requisite dirt bag, which made it hard to root for him

I’m a little bit reminded of the 90’s cult hit Bennie and Joon. Of course, that one approaches the issues faced with a mentally ill couple a little bit more seriously, but it’s the same general idea. While Barefoot is nowhere near as fantastic as Benny and Joon, and is too formulaic to have the same unique charm, it is a watchable movie.

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It’s a little too sugary sweet to make it a compelling classic. Despite that fact that it is a reasonably unique story, it does follow a lot of the same clichéd plot lines of any romantic comedy. But it is not a bad movie, just a bit predictable. In addition, the secondary characters weren’t really fleshed out like they should have been.

Sometimes, Daisy is a bit too naive and sweet, to the point where it gets a little irritating. Like when she keeps asking people; ’why do you wear shoes like that?’ Yeah, we get it. Daisy likes to go around barefoot, hence the name. Now move on.

The direction is reasonable, with good transitions between flashbacks and current events. The movie is a bit like a 1930s screwball comedy, with a bit of light romance thrown in. While it is hardly going to light the world on fire, clever timing and the sweetness of Woods’ character give the movie real heart.

Movie Review: Labor Day (2013)

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Labor Day is the latest movie centered on star crossed lovers that is guaranteed to satisfy any Nicholas Sparks fan, and make any man dragged to the theater by his girlfriend pray for a quick death.

The movie starts off by centering on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler (Gattlin Griffith), who is the man of his single mom’s house. His mother, Adele Wheeler (Kate Winslet) is very close to being a recluse who is also overprotective. When the two go back to school shopping, they meet Frank Chambers (Josh Brolin), who convinces the two to bring him back to their house. Later, they learn that Frank is an escaped convict, who also just happens to be innocent.

The movie has a good premise and all of the characters are delightfully broken. Over the course of the long Labor Day weekend, the three grow closer together. Unfortunately, jealousy sets in for little Henry and soon the fuzz is hot on their tales.

As an added bonus to this sentimental movie, there is a ton of cooking tips that I am planning on trying. Like adding brewed coffee to ground-beef chili or scattering of tapioca beads over the bottom of a pie crust to ward off sogginess


The sentimentality is laid on a little thick for my taste. In certain points, the symbolism drags and gets a little too in your face. Like when Adele learns there might be more to Frank when he tosses a ball with her son. The game of catch is possibly the most over used clichés in father son bonding movies.

In addition, I didn’t find the scenes where they were tied up erotic at all. I found them downright creepy.

However, when it came to film work and direction, the movie was beautifully made. Writer/director Jason Reitman managed to blend flashbacks with current scenes in a way that allowed the story to unfold without making it drag. In addition, numerous subplots are worked into the film without bogging it down with too much information.



I felt that Kate Winslet’s Adele was a bit flat. She was supposed to be playing a reclusive depressive, but it seems that she elected to play it by not feeling anything at all. Josh Brolin was equally one dimensional, as a gentle, misunderstood escaped convict. It seemed weird that he would have been able to escape from prison in the first place. I imagine he just politely asked the warden to open the door.

Griffith did a good job as young Henry Wheeler, and played the part with wary preciousness. He is going to be a talent to watch in the next few years.

The ending, while uplifting, felt tacked on and didn’t really match the rest of the movie. In fact, I’d be willing to wager that there was an alternate ending that was less uplifting, and was scrapped, because the producers thought it might be a downer.

Does Labor Day live up to the hype? Not entirely and it probably won’t appeal to all audiences. For fans of movies like the Notebook, this will probably be considered a win. However, for the people that were dragged to the Notebook, expect a painfully long repeat. At 111 minutes, it will feel about as long as a Labor Day weekend.  Here is the trailer below.

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Movie Review: I, Frankenstein (2014)

i frankenstein 2Monster Effort but Fell Just Short

3.5 stars

I, Frankenstein is a new twist on a very old story. Set in a dystopian present, this movie combines an unsual plot with traditional characters in a way that could either go really well, or incredibly poorly depending on the viewer.

In I, Frankenstien, we meet Adam (Aaron Eckhart) a creation of Victor Frankenstein, who is cursed with immortality. Adam fights his way across a dystopian landscape, facing demon and gargoyle foes who want to understand and harness his ultimate power; the power of immortality.

The film is kind of a revival of old gothic style movies. Done in an almost graphic novel style, along the lines of Underworld, it is a dark, action packed movie with a baffling PG 13 rating.  [more…]

One thing you will notice while watching this movie is that it seems to take itself just a bit too seriously. Its dark and depressing, with no comic relief. Any kind of comic relief is necessary when you are dealing with a far fetched plot line like this one.

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The storyline wasn’t developed enough and the plot was half baked and plodded along too long. There was a female love interest, played by Yvonne Strahovski, who was a clear attempt to humanize the character, but which really seemed to go no where.

Eckhart was one part manic depressive, and one part Rambo. The character was so completely one dimensional, that I wasn’t sure if it was bad acting or a poor plot line that resulted in the paper thin Adam. It might have been a combination of both.

The story itself was developed from a graphic novel created by Kevin Grevioux. The sternness of the movie probably won’t please fans of the series, while those who have never seen the series will likely be lost on the back-story and the motivations behind the characters.

While the visuals were decent, I had major problems with the makeup done for Adam, who is supposed to be a dude cobbled together from pieces. Instead, he just looks like a muscular Rambo with some stitch marks on him.
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I wish the movie hadn’t been so incredibly somber and sullen. If there had been something to break up the tension, it might have been a much more enjoyable watch. A sidekick, a bumbling gargoyle, maybe even a few tongue in cheek moments would have really helped this movie out.

Going to this movie was kind of like thinking you were about to read a trashy novel, and then being presented with a copy of crime and punishment instead.

While interesting, with an enjoyable premise, and a good supporting cast, there seemed to be too much going on and not enough at the same time. Good scenery and attention gaining action sequences were enough to hold my interest. However, this is a movie that probably could have been great if a few things had been tweaked. Instead, it was an average effort that will probably disappear under the many new movies to come out this year.

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Movie Review: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

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3.5 stars

I think we can dare to say that Jack Ryan movies are quickly becoming the new James Bond movies (especially seeing how much the last few Bond installments sucked). The newest version of Jack Ryan takes us from 9/11 to present day, giving us Jack Ryan’s background and an action packed look into the world of terrorists’ finances.

In this installment, Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) decides to get involved with national security after watching the twin towers burn on TV. He is shipped off to Afghanistan, and after being injured, is taken under the wing of Commander Thomas Harper (Kevin Costner) to join the CIA as an analyst. Luckily, we don’t have to watch too much analysis, because it isn’t long before Ryan is back in the field, as an undercover agent on Wall Street. There, he stumbles on a conspiracy based in Russia, designed to crash the US economy.

Director Kenneth Branagh manages a smooth controlled pace, despite the action. This is necessary when mixing action with conspiracy theories, as too many twists and cut aways could leave the viewer a little bit lost. The mix between action and information is good; however, the movie lacked some serious character development. [more…]

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Adam Cozad and David Koepp had their work cut out for them, as there was no novel to adapt this movie from. The screenwriters had to cobble together their own back-story the best they could. It results in an intriguing plot and a unique change of pace that makes Ryan seem a bit more intelligent than in other movies.

Chris Pine, famous for his role as Captain Kirk in the updated Star Trek franchise, was a reasonably good choice for Jack Ryan. Pine is a bit of a one trick pony and generally plays the same suave action stars with just a little bit of boy-next-door naïveté. The role of Jack Ryan fit him like a glove.

The main problems with the movie came from Kierra Knightly’s character. She plays Cathy Muller, a love interest so generic, she could have been played by a tree stump. Cathy is the med student, smiley supportive girlfriend….who suddenly goes wakadoodle stalkeresque when she believes Ryan is cheating on her and follows him on a super secret spy mission to Russia so she can eventually play the Damsel in Distress. Her character’s plot line is so cobbled together that it is not even remotely convincing. Frankly, when she was in trouble, I didn’t really care and I didn’t care if the bad guy killed her off. The character felt entirely unnecessary.

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The villain, Viktor Cherevin, is the juiciest character, which is probably why director Branagh saved the role for himself. Rather than being a stereotypical Soviet bent on world domination, he is an oddly sensitive man who believes that he is doing the world a favor by taking out America. It was a sympathetic way to look at a villain and kept him from becoming a Bond villain cliché.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is a competent movie and a good effort. The right casting makes it come together and I think it is an effort that Tom Clancy would be proud of.

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Movie Review: Open Grave (2014)

open_grave-movie-poster3.5 stars

Horror movies aren’t usually known for their highly skilled acting or plausible storylines. In fact, much of the plot depends on the stupidity of the characters. Or plot coincidences. Though the premise is clever, Open Grave is no different than most of it’s other predecessors in the horror genre.

We meet Jonah, (Sharlto Copley) after he wakes up in a pit full of dead bodies, with no memory as to how he got there. On the upside, he has a gun. After Jonah squishes and sloshes his way out of the pit, he finds a coincidental mansion in the woods, where 5 strangers, Lukas (Thomas Kretschmann), Nathan (Joseph Morgan), Sharon (Erin Richards), Michael (Max Wrottesley) and another woman that no one bothered to name, who is only called Brown Eyes (Josie Ho), are holed up. They are all suffering from amnesia and have to work together to find who they are and how they got there.

The sound design, while realistic, is over the top gruesome. For instance, in the beginning of the movie, as Jonah is crawling out of the pit, we hear virtually every squish and crunch as he squeezes out. [more…]

Then, we have character stupidity. Why, what’s the best thing to do when you’ve just been attacked, and are suffering from serious amnesia, likely due to the fact that you were attacked? I know! Go wandering out into the woods.


Once out in the woods, the characters have to fight off something that seems like zombies, but aren’t quite zombies. They’re undead and this movie is as well.

The zombie thing has flooded the market. If you can’t do better than “The Walking Dead”, you have no business making a zombie movie. Just stop.

I did like the amnesia twist and the fact that they wrapped a mystery up into the horror. I do enjoy it when a horror movie involves more than gruesome scenes and inevitable death. In addition, the gruesome scenes were kept to a minimum, where the grossest parts were the sounds over the view.



Open Grave is more of a thinking horror than an exploitative horror. The director didn’t rely on jump scares or gross scenes. Instead, he focused on the horror of the situation. The movie had its clever moments, including the ending.

The make-up was good. The acting was good and the direction was good. This is not your standard low budget horror. This was a horror that someone put a bit of work into. However, I do wish they had fleshed out the script a bit more.

If this movie has come out prior to the zombie craze, I’m sure it would have been a hit. In 2007, the premise would have been clever and refreshing. In 2014, the premise is overdone and has been done much better (i.e. the Walking Dead).

But if you like horror movies that involve a real mystery, and actually make you think, Open Grave might be worth the watch for you.

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Movie Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

Walter Mitty 1FOREST GUMP – IT IS NOT!

3.5 stars

I decided to catch “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, because the marketing producer of the film actually had the incredibly huge cojones to call this movie ‘a modern day Forest Gump’. If you’re going to say that, you better be able to back it up.

Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) is a man who escapes every day life by immersing himself in daydreams. When he and love interest’s Cheryl Melhoff (Kristen Wiig) jobs are threatened, he uses his inside spirit of adventure to go on a quest to save their jobs.

And they were seriously overstepping when they called this movie a ‘modern day Forrest Gump”. They’d be lucky to be considered a modern day Mr Magoo.

The moral of this story seems to be ‘you have to earn your beard”. Honestly, I had no idea beards were even trendy.

In The Secret Life, we are dragged through daydream sequence after daydream sequence, many times completely confused as to whether it was a daydream sequence or not. [more…]

In Forest Gump, we followed Forest on his adventures. In Mitty’s life, we learn about his adventures via a series of montages.

I will say that Stiller and Wiig has some excellent chemistry and both did what they could to try to make a bad movie good. However, even with all their skill, they couldn’t make up for a complete lack of plot line. Weirdly, I feel like the entire script was outsourced to some kid in India, who was getting paid 11 cents an hour, and who did it in a hurry just to get it done.


Another thing that they did that drove me crazy was product placement. I hate product placement in movies, especially when it’s ridiculously obvious. The only way this could have been made worse was if they renamed this move “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty…Brought to You by eHarmony and Papa Johns”.

In short, the movie comes off as cheap and synthetic. Forest Gump was famous for its simplicity and clever plot line. The idea in Walter Mitty seemed to be ‘wait, the scene is dragging? Let’s throw in a daydream sequence to speed things up.”

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Then, at the end, instead of actually allowing us to witness the transformation, they cut out the sequences and put everything together montage style. It really felt like two underdeveloped movies sewn together.

The movie has a good heart and a good moral. It urges us all to take risks, but it does this by making us think there are no downsides to risks. We never really see Mitty struggle. We just see him win.

It was a cute movie, with a good message, but it in no way did it do justice to the book. Everything was a bit to bright and synthetic, and too many of the jokes fall flat. Stiller and Wiig did a good job of trying to pull off the characters in this overdone film, but good acting will only take you so far.

While the Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a cute film, and even an interesting film, I have to say, Forest Gump it is not.

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Movie Review: Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

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3.5 stars

I always feel a bit weird when I watch a movie about the making of another movie. Seems like it should be some kind of paradox.

In Saving Mr. Banks, the story of how the movie Mary Poppins was made is told. In it, Tom Hanks plays Walk Disney, a man desperate to get his hands on the movie rights to the story of Mary Poppins. However, in true crazy writer fashion, the author of the book P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) refuses to give up her work. It isn’t until she’s running low on money that she finally caves and allows it to get done.

The movie comes with a patented upbeat feel that you can expect from Walt Disney. Though the sap gets laid on a little thick at times, it’s Disney. What more can you expect?

Hanks plays Disney with surprising warmth and sentimentality. When playing Disney, he plays a man more focused on seeing his daughters dreams come true than he is on making money.

Travers was played by an equally good Emma Thompson. Emma makes her unreasonable character both amusing and just a tad obnoxious.

My main problems with the film were what I like to call ‘the Disney Whitewash’. This happens whenever Disney creates a film from real life events. The characters become one-dimensional and flat. Travers was unreasonable. Disney was everyone’s favorite uncle who insisted that employees called him ‘Walt’. [more…]

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I mean, I’m not saying that the producers should have delved into the anti Semitism allegations around Walt Disney, but couldn’t the characters have a bit more of an edge?

Travers was given the real twist though. In real life, she was an interesting woman who led an exciting life. In this movie, for the purposes of plot continuity, she is turned into an uptight church lady who lives alone in a big Victorian mansion, a victim of her own guilt.

If they are going to attempt to make a movie based on real events, I wish they’d attempt to be a bit truer to the characters that started the events in the first place.

Director John Lee Hancock (Blind Side) knows his way around heartwarming, so he’ll manage to get viewers chocked up more than once. Per usual, his direction was flawless.

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So why did I feel like I was getting run over by the corporate propaganda machine? This is not a behind the scenes tell all movie. This is clearly a movie designed by Disney, to make Disney look good. For example, despite being a complete pain in the a** for the first half of the movie, Travers inexplicably changes her mind about the movie and decides to accept all the changes.

That’s not the real life story, and honestly, I’m pretty sure the real P.L. Travers is spinning in her friggen grave.

All that aside, it’s a decent story. If you can ignore the innate sleaziness of a movie studio making a movie about how great their movie studio is, Saving Mr. Banks might be worth the watch.

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Movie Review: Frozen (2013)

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3.5 stars

Frozen is the newest animated release from Disney, and is already crushing it at the box office. Let’s see why.

Frozen follows Anna as she tries to stop a prophesy that cause eternal winter in her land. She teams up with a mountain man and his sidekick reindeer to defeats her evil sibling, The Snow Queen. It‘s a standard quest movie, with the eternal optimist and her evil counterpart bent on world domination.

Frozen was a great change from this year’s releases of sub-par children’s movies. While the story line is been-there-done-that, the movie itself certainly isn’t and Frozen is absolutely refreshing.

The heroine, Anna is voiced by Kristen Bell and Bell does a great job of giving perky Anna a back-story and a personality. In addition, Idina Menzael does a great job of making her evil character, The Snow Queen, compelling and sympathetic.

Of course, like in any Disney film, this is a musical, so you’ll have to deal with the characters breaking into song now and then. Generally, I’m not a huge fan of musicals, but Menzael, a Broadway veteran, is a pleasure to listen to.[more…]

The best part of the film is the animation. It is simply beautiful. The 3D style characters manager to be cute, like the ones in Shrek, and not creepy, like the ones in The Polar Express. Sorry, The Polar Express just creeped me out, I don’t care how much everyone else liked it.

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The story itself is a loose rework of Hans Christian Anderson’s ‘The Snow Queen’, though it is significantly funnier and more uplifting.

A cute side character, a snowman with a sun fetish, Olaf, is voiced by Josh Gad and provides much of the comic relief for the film. Weirdly, the Snowman’s animation doesn’t really seem to fit with the rest of the film. The characters are Disney real, while the snowman is straight up goofy looking.

The main problem from this film is the musical portion. In almost every major Disney musical, at least one song makes the charts. You probably won’t be able to expect that from Frozen. The majority of the songs are half hearted Broadway knockoffs. There won’t be any ‘Whole New World’s” or “Under the Sea’s” coming out of this movie.


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One thing I always mention when reviewing a kid’s movie is the parental annoyance factors. Think of it this way, on a scale from most annoying to parents 10 (Barney) to enjoyable to adults 1 (Shrek), this movie scores an even 5. It is unlikely that adults will be racing out the door to see it, but they won’t want to gouge their eyes out when kids drag them to see it.

Frozen is hardly a ground breaking idea. It’s standard good Disney princess, versus evil Disney queen. However, Disney is sure to get laughs out of the audience, as well as a huge amount of product merchandizing sales from this movie. It’s an enjoyable movie that really doesn’t do anything new, but it’s fun all the same. It’s a predictable film, but it’s beautifully animated and safe for the whole family.  Watch the Trailer below