Well, this is a wretched beginning.
I had good intentions, but chalk it up to rampant family sickness. Darn this Alabama weather.
Oh dear. 🙄
No matter, because I have returned again, and with a new movie review!
In honor of the recent Oscar announcements, I’m going to review the only movie that I’ve seen out of those nominated:
Since it’s been so long since my last one, I’ll explain how this works. I’ll post a synopsis from IMDB, then I’ll post my review and a grade for the movie.
So here goes!
“From the biggest elephant to the tiniest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a beautiful metropolis where all animals live peacefully with one another. Determined to prove her worth, Judy Hopps becomes the first official bunny cop on the police force. When 14 predator animals go missing, Judy immediately takes the case. Partnering with a smooth talking fox named Nick Wilde, Judy must piece together all the clues as to where the predators are and who is behind it all.”
–Submitted by Blazer346, IMDB
“Life isn’t some cartoon musical where you sing a little song and all your insipid dreams magically come true. So let it go.”
No matter what I think of this movie, I can at least love this self-deprecating line. 😂
And what do I think of this movie?
I mean, it’s cute and everything, and the technical aspects of it are amazing. The rendering of Zootopia make the movie worth a look, and the “Try Anything” song went straight onto my workout(😂)/pump up playlist.
But I just can’t get behind the blatant sociopolitical stance. I understand the need to explain complex social and economic problems to children in ways they will understand, but the blatant slant toward liberal ideologies makes this movie hard to watch.
Now, if you know me, you know I’m the biggest Disney nerd in existence: I am usually behind their movies 100%. While I didn’t dislike this movie by any stretch, it wasn’t my favorite.
I feel like the “Disney” in this movie was missing. The magic, the sheer innocent joy that comes with Disney, the nostaglic happiness of that beautiful white castle with the shining white arch, that I feel like is missing from this movie. It’s technically stunning, and there are some excellent spots, but it doesn’t feel like a Disney movie.
My kids love it, but it’s not the universal crowd-pleaser that Disney usually provides.