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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)

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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