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FILM REVIEW: Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

Few can deny the timeless appeal of the original Mary Poppins. Led by the legendary Julie Andrews in her feature debut, the 1964 classic boasted a much-loved soundtrack by the Sherman brothers, some of the most memorable dance sequences ever seen on screen, and of course, animated dancing penguins. As portrayed in 2013’s Saving Mr Banks, Poppins’ creator, P.L. Travers, was pursued by Walt Disney for the rights to the film for over twenty years, and was not at all happy with the end product when it did eventually come to fruition. Travers rejected the concept for a film sequel in the 1980s, and acquiesced to the stage musical adaptation (which premiered in 2004, eight years after her death) on the grounds that no one from the original film – the Sherman Brothers in particular – be involved. Fast forward to 2018, a whopping fifty-four years since the original magic, and Poppins is back on screen. The sequel was approved by Travers’ estate but one can only assume she would not be thrilled; the penguins are back and they’re dancing on her grave. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

FILM REVIEW: Charming (2018)

Apparently the females have had their time to shine and it’s time to give some attention to the forgotten hero: Prince Charming. Charming, directed and written by Ross Venokur, begins with three vacuous princesses, Cinderella (Ashley Tisdale), Snow White (Avril Lavigne) and Sleeping Beauty (G.E.M.) who are all betrothed to the same man, Prince Philippe Charming (Wilder Valderamma). As a baby he was cursed with so much charm that every woman in the kingdom falls head over heels in love with him on sight, much to the chagrin of the men in their lives. Being a good guy, Philippe gives attention to all, saving the three princesses and somehow becoming engaged to each one of them despite his lack of genuine interest. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Charming (2018)

FILM REVIEW: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Beauty and the Beast (Bill Condon, 2017)

It’s finally here. The live Disney musical we’ve all been waiting for. Twenty-six years after the animated original (one of the few animated films with an Oscar nomination for Best Picture), the live adaptation of Beauty and the Beast graces our screens. While it’s not the first live action adaptation of a much loved Disney animated classic – following Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book – it is the first to retain its most crucial element: the music. Does that then mean it’s simply an unnecessary rehash? It’s depends on your level of pessimism, your fondness for nostalgia, and possibly how much you value animation. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

FILM REVIEW: Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (Steve Carr, 2016)

It can be so heartening to see the quality of films on offer for the younger audience. On the animation front they’re spoilt for choice, with Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks Animation and Illumination Entertainment all providing top quality choices. And recently we were treated to one of the great teen films of this generation with The Edge of Seventeen. But for every gem, there are usually multiple piles of steaming crap. Unfortunately, Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life falls into the latter category. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

FILM REVIEW: Moana

Moana (Ron Clements & John Musker, 2016)

Just when you thought your kid might have stopped singing ‘Let it Go’ for five minutes, along comes another Disney princess film with another killer soundtrack. Brace yourselves for ‘How Far I’ll Go’ which is repetitive enough in its own three minute version (and its reprise – there’s no escape). But you’ll secretly love it right? Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Moana

FILM REVIEW: Trolls

Trolls (Walt Dohrn & Mike Mitchell, 2016)

Nineties kids may have fond memories of the troll dolls with the big bright hair that could be styled every which way. The toys have been around since the 1960s, with revivals occurring every couple of decades. In 2016 they make a return in computer-animated form, and their hair is as fabulous as ever. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Trolls

FILM REVIEW: The Jungle Book (2016)

The Jungle Book (Jon Favreau, 2016)

Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book is brought to life in Disney’s first live-action adaptation of the year. Justin Marks‘ screenplay is a darker take on the Disney classic, appearing to borrow more from Kipling’s books than the 1967 animation. All the familiar characters are back – one with a sex change – and Mowgli’s happy-go-lucky attitude is still there, but this is certainly not one for the littlies.
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FILM REVIEW: The Good Dinosaur

The Good Dinosaur (Peter Sohn, 2015)

2015 marks the first year that Pixar have released two films in the one year. Despite their frequent output of genius, one had to wonder: were they aiming too high? Would The Good Dinosaur measure up to the brilliance of Inside Out? Would the reboot of the Jurassic franchise help ignite our dinosaur love? Unfortunately, it would seem a no on both counts, with The Good Dinosaur shaping up to be Pixar’s first box office loss. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Good Dinosaur

FILM REVIEW: Inside Out

Inside Out (Pete Docter & Ronaldo Del Carmen, 2015)

Ever since Pixar announced the concept for Inside Out I’ve been waiting with bated breath. I get excited for almost every Pixar film regardless because THEY’RE PIXAR, HELLO! (Toy Story! Cars! Finding Nemo!), but given my work as a school counsellor, I was even more pumped than usual. Because it has ALL THE FEELS! Or at least five of the big ones. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Inside Out

MUSICAL REVIEW: The Lion King

The Lion King (2015)

It’s been ten years since I first saw The Lion King, and the second time around was always going to be an improvement because there was no toddler behind me to ruin it. In 2005 some ignoramus had the brilliant idea to spend $100+ on a ticket for their three year old who persisted to ask questions throughout the entire show. This mainly consisted of “Mummy, when is the lion coming?” and “Why is the sky blue?” (I’m not even kidding). The Lion King is great for families, but for the love of Simba WHY WOULD YOU SPEND $100+ FOR YOUR TODDLER TO SEE A SHOW AND RUIN IT FOR EVERYONE ELSE? The lack of consideration for others is astounding. You’d be better off burning your money. But times have changed, and that kid will have grown up into a shitty teenager by now. Then again some things never change – like a Disney stage show. Continue reading MUSICAL REVIEW: The Lion King