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.

New Trailer Reviews (#6)

The Mountain Between Us

Idris Elba and Kate Winslet try to survive

I don’t really know what to think of this movie. It’s packed with star power. Idris Elba and Kate Winslet are both great actors with different awards behind their names and now they are acting together in a disaster movie. Do they want to attract award nominations and make a really serious movie about survival, or do they just want to make a good disaster movie, full of action, survival and suspense? I just don’t know and this bothers me a bit. Normally a trailer is more ‘open’ about the way they want to take this movie, but here I frankly don’t know. I prefer to know it before I watch a movie so I can put myself in the right mindset. Maybe trailer #2 will give me another perspective on this. I will watch it, but probably not in cinemas.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Funny and Action, I’m in

Now, this seems like a fun movie. With Ryan Reynolds as the bodyguard charged with protecting Samuel L. Jackson as the hitman, this movie has a lot going for it. Next to them we can also see Salma Hayek and so many others. It seems to has a nice plot, a lot of crazy action scenes and gives of a little bit of a Deadpool and Kingsman vibe. This will definitely be one I’ll be seeing in cinemas, just to experience it in all its glory on the big screen.

Murder on the Orient Express

A huge cast tackles this well-known tale

This was a trailer I waited so long for and it looks great! The huge cast they got together is just so impressive that I’m sure this film will be amazing. The cinematography looks great. The music seems on point. The graphics are perfect. It all seems so well put together and the tension is already real in the trailer. I can’t wait to see this great story turned to the big screen again with some of the biggest stars of the moment. November can’t be here quick enough.

Coco

The latest Pixar Movie

Yes, Pixar is back! And this seems like the cutest film ever. I already saw the teaser trailer, but here we get to see more of the story and the feel of the movie; At first sight, it does remind me a bit of ‘The Book of Life’, but I hope the story takes us a totally different way. I think they will focus more on family and the differences between their worlds. The images and graphics look great, as per usual with a Pixar movie and I’m sure it will hit us right in the heart. Definitely one I will watch in cinemas.

Black Panther

Damn

I like where Marvel is heading with this one. I watched it three-four times in a row just to be sure that I catched up on all the little details. Because, wauw. The way they blend African culture with the modern world is amazing. The action scenes look mindblowing. The costumes are ridiculously gorgeous and the story will be, in my opinion, one of the more interesting ones in the Marvel universe. Only negative point is that we’ll have to wait until February of next year until we can see it.

What do you think? Are any of these films on your watchlist? And which ones will you be seeing in cinemas?

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