Movie Rewatch: The Incredibles

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by Brad Bird

A rewatch for me

‘A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.’ (IMDb) (by Brad Bird, 115 min.)

I decided to rewatch this movie this weekend because I was feeling nostalgic and I forgot how much fun this film was. I wanted to revisit it, before the second one comes out next year. The action, the characters, the music, the images… these all show how good Pixar is at making a good, heartfelt family film. Because in the end that is what The Incredibles is.

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It’s the story about a family living beside each other, not knowing each other, being stuck in a routine. This is especially hard for them because they are superheroes and they don’t seem to fit in anywhere. It’s a universal story, which is the reason why this movie had so much success and is still, to this day, loved by so many people.  

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I liked everything about this movie and especially now, looking back at it being a bit older, I got so much more out of it. I was just so excited with every action point, every up and down in the story, the characters, the images, the music. It was just so great. They used a lot of little nods to James Bond, to the classics Westerns and to other action movies.

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This is a movie that can be enjoyed by adults and children, at any age actually. Because anyone can get something out of it and enjoy it. The story is easy to follow, and yet when seeing it now, there are so many little things that I now picked up, that I totally zapped on when I was a kid. I think this is really important when making a family film. It has to have a lot of different things for everyone to enjoy. 

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The graphics also make me think of those classic graphic novels. They use simple, yet powerful lines. Not going into too much detail, but staying focused on the most important lines and their functionality. Which is great, because you don’t get lost in all the details of the images (like it sometimes is the case with Inside Out, so many beautiful details), but you get to focus on the story and on the action that is portrayed.

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I really would highly suggest that you see this movie again really soon, if only to prepare yourself for the sequel that has been announced. This should come out in our cinemas in summer 2018 and I can’t wait to see it. First, for the trailer and any sneak peeks they can give us, but especially for the entire film. We have waited so long for a second film and now we’ll finally get one.

8/10 stars. I’ll definitely rewatch it really soon, and then again and again until the second one drops in cinemas.

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Movie Review – Finding Dory

back to our favorite underwater story

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by Andrew Stanton & Angus MacLane

‘The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.’ (IMDb) (by Andrew Stanton & Angus MacLane, 97 min.)

Finding Nemo was one of my favourites movies back in the day. The story of the young Nemo losing himself in the big ocean and then his father who went on an amazing journey to find him and take him back home. This simple, loveable story, touched millions of people, so it came as no surprise that they were making a sort of sequel, this time from Dory her perspective.

It did take some time, because they wanted to perfect it and give us the story that’s worth going back into the deep blue sea. And I’m actually glad they took their time. Rather than pushing through and just giving us the new movie without really caring what kind of story they were putting out there, they took their time to tell a story worth telling and worth taking out some of our favourite characters.

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Now for my review. It’s a nice story. It’s funny. Dory is as cute as ever. Sometimes I did wonder how one fish can be so damn lucky the entire time. That was my overall feeling. How lucky Dory is the whole movie to find the right people at the right time, finding herself in the aquarium where her parents live and just hopping from one problem into the next, finding one solution and then the next. It all felt a tiny little bit convenient.

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But it’s nicely done though. We find our favorite characters again. Marlin and Nemo are on a journey, together this time, to find Dory and bring her home. Dory is on her own way, where we meet some new characters.

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One of my new favourite pairings are Destiny and Bailey. I actually like their chemistry, the way they interact. You see that they’ve known each other for a long time and that they started to care for each other in the way they occasionally bicker.

Overall I feel it didn’t live entirely up to the original, but it was a nice feel-good movie that made me laugh and a nice sequel as well. 

7/10 stars.

 

Movie Review – Inside Out

by Pete Docter & Ronaldo Del Carmen

by Pete Docter & Ronaldo Del Carmen

‘After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.’ (IMDb) (by Pete Docter & Ronaldo Del Carmen, 94 min.)

This movie was one of my favourites. I saw it I think three times in total in the cinema and I just couldn’t get enough of it. The entire concept is so unexpected and new.

With almost every movie Pixar puts out there, you can say it’s a masterpiece. It has so many layers and can be enjoyed by all, small or old. It’s beautifully animated and the idea that we have these small voices in our head that makes us act and react is so enjoyable.

I saw it recently again and with each viewing I see new things and I notice other things. There are so many details that you just can’t get enough out of it by just watching it one time.

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I especially like the combination of Joy and Sadness. The quirkiness and happiness of Joy, maybe the excess of joy, is a nice contrast to the realness and the slowness of Sadness. Seeing them on their way, with the rest of the group (Anger, Disgust and Fear) trying to balance Rileys life and getting her through this huge change in her life, is really entertaining.

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Pixar doesn’t shy away of getting real, showing how fickle memories are and how we forget some things that once were really important to us. Here I especially think of Bing Bong, another quirky character in this gorgeous movie. This was something I didn’t see coming at all and shows how brave and fearless Pixar are to tell a story, not shying away from harder themes.

This is a marvelous story and one I’m eager to share with my little nephews and nieces when they’re old enough.

8/10 stars

 

Movie Review – How to Train Your Dragon 2

by Dean DeBois

by Dean DeBois

‘When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.’ (IMDb) (by Dean DeBois, 102 min.)

I liked this movie a lot. I was already in love with the first film and I enjoyed the way the story took when it ended. And so glad the second movie is even better.

The characters have grown up a bit and it shows in how they act as individuals and how they interact with one another. The entire story is so much more interesting this way. They took us to an entire new level and I’m glad to see the way it went.

We got to meet a few new characters and they’re all really interesting. All the graphics of the entire film are so interesting and well done, so it seriously helps to get into this film. I’m gladly going to watch this again really soon.

4,5 out of 5 stars…