Archive for February, 2014

“The cold never bothered me anyway” – on progressive ideas in Disney’s “Frozen”

February 24, 2014 Leave a comment
  • Frozen_(2013_film)_posterI loved how spunky Anna was, and the struggle that Elsa faced.  The fact that parents can be wrong even when well-intentioned, that once can’t marry a man one has just met, and that not all princes are perfect – these are just a few of the great topics addressed in “Frozen”.
  • Idina Menzel (Elphaba!) does a fantastic job with “Let It Go”, and the animation sequence that goes along with it was fantastic as well.  The working song “Frozen Heart” was also good, but I always love working songs.
  • I felt the movie missed a scene where Elsa explained to Anna what had happened when they were children, and that Anna just stumbles through the whole movie without knowing their history.
  • I felt like dialogue took over in the second half of the movie, and opportunities for additional songs were missed.  Musicals are great in that songs act basically like soliloquies, allowing us to glimpse inside a character’s mind without the trouble of having to use interactions/actions to show, not tell.  When done well, songs are excellent ways of getting to know characters!
  • There’s a cute bonus scene after the credits.
  • 5/5!

“All is well” – on calculations in “3 Idiots”

February 24, 2014 Leave a comment

3_idiots_poster“3 Idiots” is one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films, following three friends through their stressful education at a prestigious engineering college.  While the film attempts to address ideals such as following your heart, studying out of a passion for knowledge, etc., it fumbles over its too-precise calculations.  The interactions feel scripted, and the whole story falls short of sincerity.  Despite the attempts at back-story, there doesn’t seem to be any complex characters – there is only pure love and pure hate, with no room for doubt or anything that the audience might not be able to follow.  Almost every plot twist was predictable, down to the last big reveal.  For a few scenes, a household described as living in the 1950s is depicted in black and white, a nice cinematic touch.  There’s some cute moments, and the movie does a reasonable job of depicting parent-child relationships, but overall, the movie was idealistic even in its conflicts.


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