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Film Review – Mulholland Drive

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So recently the BBC published a list of the greatest films of the 21st Century according to film critics. Being a film lover, I eagerly read the list, wondering which film will make the number one spot. You can read the list yourself here.

Now I was under no delusion about this list – sometimes critics agree with the public and sometimes they don’t, so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the likes of Finding Nemo, Ratatouille and Amelie on the list near the bottom. Wouldn’t have even thought they would have made it, as they are pretty mainstream.

Then Only Lovers Left Alive appeared and I grinned even more as I love that film. Further and further down, past films I’d heard of but not seen yet because I haven’t had the chance, and others I know I won’t like (mainly Tarantino).

And then I got to Mulholland Drive, which I will hold my hands up and admit, that until last week when this list came out, I had never even heard of this film. Like no clue what so ever; I was just too young when it came out, and it just never appeared on my radar. So when I saw it was on Prime and I could stream it I jumped on the opportunity, to watch this film. Why? Because according to critics it is the best.

And also, after I made my ‘Plea from a Film Lover‘ last week  describing about how I feel the film industry is being slowly killed by franchise, I could hardly shrug off the suggestion that this original film is worth my time.

And you know what, I absolutely loved it.

I mean its definitely original, and absolutely bonkers, but I loved this film. I will admit that in the last quarter of the film I had completely lost track of what was going on, which left me feeling a bit lost when the credits suddenly appeared, but thinking about it afterwards, I very much know that was the point. The vast majority of the story line is mostly cohesive, but what this film does is blow your mind.

The first thing I immediately realised is why film critics like it. They watch a lot of films. They will get bored, and Mulholland Drive is not boring. The script is as tight as a drum; the acting is sublime; the cinematography is stunning to watch; and just as you think you’ve figured out what happening the direction of the film completely changes and the film surprises you right up to the last minute.

You also get great moments like when a husband pours paint all over a cheating wife’s jewelry box; the moment that Naomi Watt’s character Betty, a wannabe actress, who you think is riding on her Aunt’s coat tails, pulls out an audition performance that is so intense I hadn’t realised I’d held my breathe; and a moment when a hit-man properly messes up a job. I’m not even sure what that last one was even in the film for, but it doesn’t matter as it was good fun.

It is just brilliant. A bonkers, twin peaks-esque ‘love story set in a city of dreams’, to quote David Lynch the director. I highly recommend you set aside time to watch it, and be prepared to be on a roller coaster of plot.

There is nothing predictable about this film; I never would have predicted it being at the top of the film critics list for great films of the 21st Century, but I get why it is.

 

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Book Review – The Smell of Other People’s House by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

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I was first attracted to this book because I was interested in how the first perspective was going to be handled by the author. This book is written in the first person, from the perspective of four different characters. I write from multiple first person perspective, so I very much came to the book as a writer interested in the structure and writing methods of another writer.

I very much ended up as a reader by the end, because the book is fabulous. I will admit that there isn’t very much difference in the ‘voice’ of the different characters in terms of how they say things, but you have no trouble in figuring out which character it is because Hitchcock has sequenced the chapters so that it changes each chapter using the same order for changes throughout the book.

It does mean that parts of the story do get a bit lost, and sometimes the chronological sequence is a bit adrift, but that really doesn’t matter as the story she is telling is wonderful.

It is set in 1970s Alaska, a decade or so after statehood, from the perspective of four teenagers who are all trying to find their place in the world.

Ruth finds herself pregnant after living for a decade with her Gran following the death of her beloved father and the breakdown of her mother’s mental health.

Dora is dealing with the nightmares of having abusive and neglectful parents, which means the luck she has had in being taken in by a loving family now is tarnished by her negative outlook.

Alyce dreams of being a dancer, but is so fearful of disappointing her father, who she helps on his fishing boat over the summer, it means she might miss out on getting a dance scholarship because she can’t attend the audition.

And Hank has run away from home, with his two younger brothers. When one of them disappears, and is believed to have died, he is even more lost than he had been before.

Each of these stories gets slowly interwoven together beautifully, as these four young people begin to learn about the consequences of their actions, but also having to learn to accept the consequences of other people’s actions.

The idea  behind the title, ‘The Smell of Other People’s Houses’ comes from their acknowledgement that the houses of others and the lives of others seem different from their own and more appealing than their own as they slowly come to find themselves and their place in the world.

I loved the idea of that coming from a sensory reaction that is so commonplace in real life, but not so much in prose. There are some beautiful passages building up the environment these characters are it, and you really get a very good sense of their reactions to their sensory perception. I felt it could have had more emphasis on the world building of Alaska, as a whole, but the smaller settings are built up brilliantly.

The book is great, and I highly recommend it as you can connect to the characters easily, and you want to know how things turn out for them, because they feel so genuine.

Why Zootopia is the most important film of 2016 – a plea from a film lover.

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Why Zootopia is the most important film of 2016 – a plea from a film lover.

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Zootopia (or Zootropolis as I know the film here in the UK), is easily one of the very best films I have seen in a very long time. I went to see it at the cinema when it came out, and I was completely blown away by its spectacular brilliance. I started this post with the intention of just doing a simple review, but at the moment I just can’t, because the film isn’t just a film to me.

It represents a great deal more, and it is part of a thought process I’ve been slowly developing for quite a while now. I’ll do a review at some point, but for now, here is why Zootopia matters so much to me, and why when I came to try and review it, I’ve instead ended up realising what I really from films these days – I want to see other people’s imagination and original thought come to life.

And this didn’t start with Zootopia, this started over a year ago now when I went to see Jupiter Ascending. I’d kind of forgotten this until recently when I bought both Jupiter Ascending and Zootopia together on blu-ray to watch at home, and it brought a whole load of thoughts processes back, all related to why I love films so much. So here goes…

At the time when Zootopia came out in cinemas, I was pretty desperate to see films that had nothing to do with superheroes in a movie business full of them, so alongside Zootopia I also ended up seeing the likes of High RiseEddie the Eagle, Hail Caesar and Anomalisa, which aren’t really the sorts of films I find myself watching very often anymore. A book adaptation that’s never been done before, a film based on a real life story, a Coen Brothers film, and an original screenplay by Charlie Kaufman appealed to me a lot though.

I had some hits and misses stepping away from a clean cut well established franchise that most films fall into these days, but generally I enjoyed myself. I will admit, I also saw some weird stuff happening on the cinema screen (I still have flashbacks of some of the stuff they had those slow motion puppets doing), but those four films established themselves into part of the thought processes I’ve have had simmering away in my brain for a while;

That finding a non-superhero or even a non-franchise/non-sequel film in mainstream cinema is really bloody difficult these days.

On top of that finding a one that isn’t adapted from a book as well, which while is not as bad, depending on the book, isn’t easy. I know I managed to find four in a month, but this was in February when generally major blockbusters don’t come out, so there are more independent films generally.

However, while book adaptations aren’t as dominant as comic books, I do like seeing original films based on nothing but the imagination of its creators, and while I predominantly write books, I write scripts as well, and there seems to be a dearth of original scripts.

Three of the four those films I saw at the Tyneside Cinema, which is an independent cinema in Newcastle upon Tyne, not because the multiplex wasn’t showing them but because the multiplex wasn’t showing them at a time that was in anyway convenient for me to go and see them. Hail Caesar! was the exception, but only just and I was in the smallest screen to see it.

I work full time; unless I take time off, evenings and weekends are the only times I can go to the cinema. I ended up watching High Rise and Eddie the Eagle back to back one Saturday afternoon in the cinema, Hail Caesar! and Anomalisa were after work affairs about a week later.

Getting to the multiplex, where the majority of people go to the cinema just wasn’t possible for these films. Getting into a multiplex to see a franchise film though is different; I usually have several convenient options to choose from to fit around my work and also depending on what my husband and I want to do for food. Easy!

However, even in the multiplex getting in to see an film might not be as easy as it sounds, if the film you’re going to see is out at the same time as a another bigger film. I can distinctly remember when these thoughts about the film industry started, and it was when Fifty Shades of Grey was released, because it was the very last film I wanted to ever see – still haven’t and I won’t. At the time the film I wanted to see was Jupiter Ascending, because it was something different.

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However, my local multiplex has 12 screens, and 10 of them, yes TEN of the screens were booked up fully for nearly two weeks showing just Fifty Shades of Grey and nothing else.

The cramped small screen I went to see Jupiter Ascending in was packed to the rafters of other like-minded people who didn’t go and see Fifty Shades. It was on for just two screenings that day, because they used that screen for other films that weren’t Fifty Shades as well.

And they wonder why Jupiter Ascending didn’t make box office bucks if that was the options available to people. It wasn’t just because of the film itself (which honestly isn’t bad but had been a bit over-hyped), it was because it just didn’t stand a chance if in my cinema only thirty or so people could go and see it at a time, with only ten slots a week available, and not at the best of times.

And the connection I make with Jupiter Ascending and Zootopia has nothing to do with buying them on blu-ray at the same time. It is because for 2015 Jupiter Ascending was the film that needed to be backed by audiences in the same way that Zootopia is important for 2016.

They are both films that are original screenplays; no franchise; they aren’t sequels; they aren’t adaptations of books or comics; they aren’t  even ‘based on a true story’ or ‘based on historical events’.

Jupiter Ascending and Zootopia have in common their claim of being ORIGINAL storytelling, with world-building, new ideas in plots and concepts. And it was a massive blow to original storytelling, especially for films of the science fiction and fantasy genre, that Jupiter Ascending was a flop.

Zootopia thank goodness can be credited with doing even better than Frozen did in its opening weekend. And I went to see Zootopia in the multiplex, at a time that was convenient to me, and I had no idea what I was getting myself into, because Zootopia was not as hyped up as Jupiter Ascending had been in comparison.

 

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I wanted to see Zootopia mainly because I’d read some really great reviews of it (by A Sky of Books and MoviesGeekritiqueLazy Sunday Movies and Cinetatic) and it is one of the few times via blogging comments that people have really persuaded me that I needed to see this film.

So I made the time and I was blown away, to the point that I knew I wasn’t going to be able to review the film out of the cinema viewing alone, which is why I’ve only recently considered reviewing it. The complexity of the film meant it was going to have to be a one I saw again and again before I could voice my opinion.

Last week, I watched the film two nights in a row and a third night later in the week, and to be honest if I hadn’t of wanted to watch some of the Velodrome cycling at the Rio Olympics, I would have probably watched it again. It is rare I find a film like that; a one I want to watch on loop and experience like new again and again.

In fact it has been rare for me my entire life to want to watch something like that; there were some Ewok cartoons as a kid that I was obsessed with, and The Fellowship of the Ring got that treatment because I was taken by my Dad to see it again and again at the cinema. The Force Awakens  was the same, but these were from established fandoms.

 

Zootopia is a standalone (for now) original film that isn’t connected to an established fandom, and what it manages to do as a standalone is just as good, if not better than what Lord of the Rings and recent Star Wars films have managed to achieve. I’ll clarify.

The Lord of the Rings, as a live action film, might have been new to the silver screen, but the books had the rich world-building, characters and plot there ready to be used for the adaptations, all crafted lovingly by Tolkien. The Force Awakens had the well established and much loved Star Wars Universe there ready to be explored further as well.

The world, the characters, the plot – everything about Zootopia is completely original, new and utterly ground-breaking. I know that everyone loves this film because of how the film directly addresses racism and feminism, and packages it into a kid’s film. And I’m not saying that isn’t a brilliant thing – it really is a brilliant thing and it is one of the things that makes me love this film a lot.

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However, for me as a writer and as a film lover, it is the originality of the film that gets me excited. I love franchises and I have appreciated franchises from a very young age (my first fandom after all was the Back to the Future trilogy) and you can read my pages on Star Wars, Tolkien, Marvel vs DC etc. that show that I am as much a part of the audience as anyone else.

But my reaction to Zootopia and how excited I am because everyone loves it too is deeply, deeply important. This was the reaction I wanted from Jupiter Ascending and didn’t get.

Why? Because the thoughts that have started to haunt me for over a year now are awful:

I have been feeling this for a while that the silver screen is starting to die a very slow death; it is being slowly and steadily killed off by franchises and the money they make.

I know that the film business is just that, it is a business. No matter how much I would love that a creative industry wouldn’t be as concerned with money as it would be with promoting originality, I know that it always will be.

However, I do feel as if the idea of being brave and making a daring creative decisions is needed for the film industry to survive as a creative force and as a money-making operation.

Zootopia is the most important film of 2016, because it is both original and successful. I don’t need a sequel, but want I really want is for the film industry to take note.

Original films can be successful too, not just franchises and multiple sequels; they can be loved by audiences; you can be daring and brave and step away from the safety net of an established franchise, and create other stories that are as wonderful and as diverse as the city of Zootropolis, which is just wondrous to watch.

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In fact I’m pleading that the film industry pays attention for another very good reason.

I’m BORED!!!! I am actually bored of franchises. So bored I actually have a bullet pointed list of why I’ve been bored. As a film lover I should have a list of what I’m excited about. NOPE.

  • I wasn’t as excited about the Hobbit films as I was about LOTR. While I think the films are great, I fully understand that people think it was milked for all it was worth by having three films.
  • While I loved Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I’m a hell of a lot more curious about Rogue One, which is more of an original story line and a spin off not a sequel. This is because as much as I loved it, I knew Force Awakens, was just going to be a trip down memory lane as they referenced back to the original trilogy. While Rogue One is a but like Titanic, in that we know they must be successful by the end, we don’t know at what cost to the characters in the film.
  • I’m more excited about the prospect of Star Trek coming back to the small screen, than I am about the news that Star Trek 4 has already been commissioned. Star Trek Beyond is definitely better than Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, but again like Force Awakens it was nostalgic rather than brand new.

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  • I am getting increasingly tired of YA books that are trilogies suddenly being made into four films. They made eight rather than seven Harry Potter films because they didn’t want to compromise the storytelling in the last book. And also they wanted to make a bit more money, but no offence to Twilight (well a little bit of offence to Twilight), Hunger Games and Divergent, but those books are NOT Harry Potter, you shouldn’t have gotten away with it because HP was (and still is) something special. Your last books should have been one film, not two.
  • I am bored of sequels. I started to get wary of sequels around about the time Toy Story 3 came out. Now I’m eyeing up the likes of Finding Dory, rumours of a new Toy Story film, the long-awaited Incredibles Sequel (which fine I sort of understand but it isn’t absolutely necessary), and the likes of any film that has a number after the original title (Hangover 2 etc. comes to mind). I can see the appeal for audiences going back and revisiting much loved characters (or in the case of Fantastic Beasts a much loved story world), but not at the expense of being able to discover new characters and new story worlds that don’t get a chance. The recent example of Jason Bourne is a great film, especially after the Bourne Legacy, but I didn’t need a new Jason Bourne film if I’m honest.

 

And then there are comic book superheroes. The one film I am desperate to have a sequel for, Dredd, will never happen. So it is Marvel vs DC, and they are dominating the cinema. UGH!

  • Marvel – I landed in the Marvel fandom just after The Winter Soldier came out, which meant I had quite a bit of catching up to do, but by the time Age of Ultron was out I very much knew I was going to the cinema just because it was an established habit. There was literally one film in between Winter Solder and Age of Ultron, and as brilliant as Guardians of the Galaxy was, it wasn’t enough to stop me getting bored quickly of the MCU.  After Civil War, my excitement for the films has diminished a great deal. As much as I love they are adapting lesser known comics, which are turning out to be better than the main characters, the thing I am most excited about is the Marvel Cinematic Universe ending. I want the conclusion, and instead I’m hearing how they are going to do more films (but not Black Widow???), which makes my heart sink.
  • And then there is DC, which I had hoped would spark my interest in cinema again. I had been interested right up until I was in the cinema and Lois Lane was sat naked in a bathtub. Any trace of the three dimensional character of Man of Steel has been left as little more than a distance memory, and a decent female character was reduced to being a sexualised object that needs to be constantly rescued (fine I know this is her purpose in the comics, but this is the 21st Century and women are not objects). The backwards steps in women’s progress aside, Batman versus Superman was just s**t for many other reasons as well, and to be honest Suicide Squad was not that much better. Seriously DC, when editing your films, make sure there is at least a coherent storyline. You’re the franchise that is meant to be getting people excited again – buck up, because at the minute all you are representing is the beginning of the end.

Basically, as you can surmise from my list, I’m bored and getting very frustrated. I’m not as keen on going and spending lots of money at the cinema anymore, which the film business uses as a measure of success.

I’m a repeater – I will go to the cinema more than once to see a film if I like it. The film industry makes money from people like me – admittedly it took nearly fifteen years for me to break my record of 9 visits for Fellowship of the Ring, to ten visits for The Force Awakens, but I used to regularly go to the cinema a few times for films I really loved.

Now I don’t because I’m not excited anymore. Now admittedly, I do get bored easily and a lot quicker than most people, but generally I’m not too far ahead of the trend.

If I’m bored now that’s fine; that’s no big loss in terms of money. When everyone else gets bored though… goodbye film industry build up and dependent on the success of franchises; when that collapses (not if, when) it will take years to recover, unless investment away from franchises happens soon.

So this for me is why the film industry and everyone else should be paying attention to Zootopia: because it is original, and successful. Jupiter Ascending was also original, and the imagination that went into that film can’t be doubted, but it was a flop in 2015. Its failure makes Zootopia’s success in all the more important.

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If more films get released that are as original and as creative as Zootopia, people will not get bored, because they will turn up to the cinema again and again, and they will not know what to expect of the new films coming out.

It is excitement about films that make money. Feeding people the same stuff over and over again, will backfire on the film industry eventually. It is especially true as word of mouth is a lot quicker these days. Batman v Superman is the prime example – the cinemas were full for a week before word via the internet told everyone that it wasn’t worth the money or time. As I said above, I made the time to see Zootopia at the cinema because that same word of mouth was practically screaming at me that I really needed to because of it being awesome.

Zootopia is the most important film of 2016 (in the way I had hoped for Jupiter Ascending in 2015) because it is proof that you do not need a franchise to make money.

Simple. And film industry if you’re listening, I beg of you to take note.

Film Review – It’s Complicated

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I’m not sure whether I enjoyed ‘It’s Complicated’ or not. I will give it this, I have been thinking about it since, so it is certainly not a forgettable film. I think the reason I wasn’t sure as I was watching the film is because I really deeply dislike Alec Baldwin’ character Jake.

He’s just an awful partner and a very selfish man, and I think Meryl Streep’s character Jane is making a massive mistake getting back together with him. However, that is what makes the film good, because in real life people do make romantic mistakes, and they do make them while good things are happening in their lives.

I’m not a massive fan of Steve Martin normally but I really love his character Adam in this film. He’s a really nice guy, who isn’t afraid of having a good laugh but also stand up for himself; he tells Jane he doesn’t want to be hurt again, and the moment he says it you just know that he’s going to be.

I also really liked the film because it was about older people dealing with the complications of romance. If you just base your opinion about romance on the majority of chick flicks you would think that it could only be between young, and physically attractive people in their twenties and early thirties. This film is a big shout out that love in the films can be ageless, and just as must of a mine field to navigate no matter what your age.

There could be an argument made that these characters are more complex and more rounded because they are meant to be older characters, and they don’t have the physical attractiveness of youth to explain the chemistry. Except I don’t want to make that argument. The characters in this film are a lot more complex than in normal chick flicks, and to be honest I’m ashamed of that fact.

They are obviously more complex because them having personality ‘makes up’ for them not being young any more, and I hate that. Everyone in the film was a beautiful person, and in all chick flicks all characters should be as complex as they were in ‘It’s Complicated’. There shouldn’t have  to be an over compensation of personality just because the characters are meant to be older and therefore perceived as not attractive enough to explain the romance, but equally in chick flicks about younger people the characters shouldn’t be left as simplistic just because the ‘attractive’ actors can sell the romance purely on looks and chemistry.

You see, I did tell you I’ve been thinking a lot about this film. I really liked the film, and the concept, but it has made me think quite a bit that the complexity of the characters in this film could be a genre standard, not the exception and certainly not because the characters in question are older. That’s ageism, and it drives me nuts.

 

Film Review – Wreck-It Ralph

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I will admit that this film completely passed me by; I don’t remember there being much hype about it and I don’t remember it being in the cinema. Hopefully others caught on though, because this is a brilliant film, and it took me completely by surprise.

I really loved it from the moment that I saw the world-building, and the interactions that the various arcade games were able to have with each other. I also loved the mix of effects that came from the various digital renderings of the different games; with those of the newer games having a better quality. In terms of the visual the film is amazing.

The characters though are even better. I very much love that this film’s protagonist is actually the antagonist in the game he’s involved in, and the emotional impact that people under go because they are being excluded. This film is all about the impact on people who are excluded from society for various non-reasons.

As a victim of bullying myself, both when I lived in America because I was the English girl, and ironically when I came back home because I was the ‘American’ girl, if my bullies had seen the impact they had on me emotionally I think they would have stopped and thought about their actions. The entire reason the film happens is because Ralph wants to be accepted by his fellow game mates.

He sets off a chain of events, and he ends up uncovering corruption in another game, where those in power are also practising exclusion on a massive scale in order to maintain the status quo. If that isn’t a warning to kids about how society can become corrupt and complacent when the status quo suits them (shout out to all the men out there who are feminists too – you guys are awesome) then I don’t know another analogy to compare it to.

This film is about teaching kids that exclusion whether personal or deemed socially acceptable is never right. Wreck-It Ralph is a fabulous film, and a bit under-rated I think. It’s message that shows that bullying has its effects is a great message for kids, and I highly recommend it.

Film Review: Jack the Giant Slayer

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I will admit the acting in this fairy tale adventure can be a bit questionable at times, but honestly, this film is fun to watch.

Jack and the Beanstalk is one of my favourite fairy tales, and the basic premise of the fairy-tale is explored extensively in Jack the Giant Slayer, with a few little nuggets added in for fans of the story to catch onto. Nicholas Hoult does a great turn as Jack, who is tricked into finding himself in the possession of the magic beans, which of course ends up sprouting as a beanstalk.

The film also has a very believable romantic element. Jack introduces himself to Princess Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson) by showing her respect not as a princess but as a woman, by trying to stop her from being harassed by other men. There is a little bit of an unlikely coincidence that results in her being at his farm when the bean stalk takes her up far into the sky in need of being rescued, but their relationship feels genuine.

He respects her as a person first, and a princess second, and is well aware of his own place in comparison. Given she lives in a world where she has respect because of her title and what that title can offer to others, and what it means to others, I buy that she would find Jack’s approach refreshing.

It is only really Elmont, one of her guards, that she has another strong connection to and he obviously cares for her as a friend, but that is it. Again I love it, because men and women can just be friends in real life. He protects her as the princess and is her friend in the process. That an Ewan Mcgregor’s sarcastic tone that he uses for portraying humour works just as well when he’s wrapped in raw pastry as it does when he’s delivering the classic ‘I have a bad feeling about this’ line.

Overall the film is great, because Stanley Tucci does a great turn as the antagonist that gets his just desserts, and Jack proves himself to be more than just a farm boy; he proves himself to be a person worthy of being loved by Isabelle. The fact he becomes a giant slayer sort of falls by the way side; it doesn’t define him and it doesn’t change him.

The only problem I have is that the ending; the final scene is a bit contrived. It wasn’t needed and doesn’t fit with the rest of the tone of the film. Twenty seconds of weirdness though doesn’t detract from the rest though. Well worth a watch.

Review – Frozen

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I’ve seen Frozen more than once now, and I have to admit my response each time has been ‘Was that it?’. Considering the amount of hype surrounding the film and the amount of merchandising I am surprised each time I watch the film. Admittedly some could say the same with The Force Awakens in terms of the hype surrounding that film, but with Frozen I really don’t get it.

Maybe I’m missing something because I’m not really a member of the target audience, i.e. under the age of eight, but while I will say it is a good film, I don’t think it is as good as some of the classic films I grew up watching that had a strong message for kids to learn. Films like Ferngully still capture my imagination; I doubt if Frozen had been part of my childhood it would continue to have it’s magical affect on me as an adult.

The strong message of love for ones family and accepting yourself as a person is great, and I applaud Disney for doing it, but I do have a massive problem with the writing of the film. I can tell that Elsa was supposed to be the antagonist, not just because I know the actual story of the Ice Queen, but because Disney never really found a better replacement. The twist of Hans’ character is great, but it isn’t as powerful as the potential Elsa had being the villain.

Also the Rock Trolls and Olaf are story lines that are included as padding. Olaf is a great character, but you could easily remove him from the story and the story wouldn’t change; you’d just need Sven to rescue Anna from Hans’ trap. Olaf and the Rock Trolls are included to add extra dimensions to a story in order to make the film longer. If Elsa had been the villian the story would have been complex enough without them, which would have saved me from having to sit through a few torturous songs about if you change someone and fix them up they’ll do. UGH!!!!

I think the greatest shame is that the creators thought that a song as good as ‘Let it go’ couldn’t be a villain’s song, because they changed the rest of the film to fit that song, and I think that is where they went wrong for me. But then again I’m not a kid, so the film isn’t really meant for me anyway, and it is a good film.