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Aladdin, 2019 edition, movie review

Not sure why Disney keeps wanting to remake all the animated classics, but I, like most, was too curious to stay away. I was a kid who watched the animated Aladdin on repeat for an entire summer, and delicately watched the tv-spin off show.

So I was a bit bias going in and fully expected it to be horrible. I’ll say this, I was expecting it to be a -20 on a 1-10 scale… it came in at -15.

They did scenes that were exact replicas of the animated version. And those scenes seemed stiff. Like watching a high school play. But there were new side stories added and those scenes were amazing, even the acting improved.

The amount of auto tuning on the songs was also crazy. Will Smith is a rapper not a singer. He sang sometimes as normal him, which was horribly out of tune, then the auto tune would turn on, along with the instrumentals and he would be amazing. Same for the other actors doing their songs. There was only one new song which was split into two scenes, and it was obvious the writer of that song was not as talented as the ones who wrote the originals. The other songs are all copied from the animated version, but if you listen carefully a few lyrics here or there are tweaked.

The budget seemed small. The scenes all seemed fake. Like high school production scenes. Nothing was shot outside and it showed. I felt like I was in the studio watching them film on the sound stage. All the animals are CGI and done poorly in my opinion. The animals didn’t fit in the movie and it seemed like the directer didn’t want them in the movie but was forced to include them, so he rushed every scene or moment the camera was on them.

The genie had good and bad part parts. They added gold arm tattoos and gave him a glitter/sparkle touch, which was nice. But then they CGI’ed Will Smith’s blue genie version too much, making him look buff and such. He looked like a guy wearing a foam muscle suit.

**Spoiler alert**

Genie gets his own love story this time. And Jasmine wants to be Sultan. Its very heavy on the women empowerment thing. She gets to become Sultan at the end of the movie and then she can change the rules to marry whoever she wants. So poor Aladdin goes from being street rat to trophy husband. Cute man de-powerment moment.

Overall the movie seemed bipolar, going from exactly copying the original movie in some scenes, to abruptly branching off in its own direction in other scenes. It would have been better if it’d done one or the other, and since the acting seemed better in the new material, I believe that would have been the better direction to go. A female based movie about Jasmine.


Finding Dori, Movie Review

This movie had me a bit worried. I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t exist if Ellen DeGeneres hadn’t done some nudging. So with the fact it’s a sequel combined with it possibly being created around Ellen’s desire to simply have there be a movie about Dori. I was concerned about the quality and actual plot it might contain.

As it is, I was pleasantly surprised. They used the decade between movie releases as time well spent in flushing out a sequel that stands up well to the original.

I know I say this a lot, if you liked the original, you’ll like the second. But it really is true for this situation. And as a note to all of you who are like me, and find themselves crying at nearly all animated Disney movies, you can take heart in knowing this one did not make me cry. It stays a bit more light hearted, although yes, there are some emotional moments.


Inside Out, movie review

Another good Pixar-Disney movie. Yes, most of the jokes that will leave you in stitches are in the trailers you’ve likely already seen. But the plot is most certainly going to touch you in ways you won’t expect. This is a movie that is much more emotional than it’s being advertised as.

Ever wonder why we have mood swings? This movie takes an original and imaginative route toward explaining it. And makes us understand that it’s okay to not always be happy. Those other emotions are part of what make us human and help us grow up.

I’m not so sure I’d take my super young kids to see this, but anyone eight on up, should enjoy it. The younger crowd just won’t get what’s going on and there isn’t enough easy humor to keep them entertained. But I could be wrong, the kids in the theater did seem okay. Although a few were… not so happy after the movie ended. Cause the ending, ain’t that cheerful. Remember Big Hero 6? This movie is kinda like that.


Tomorrowland, movie review

This movie had it’s cute moments. It was a cool idea to have a ride at Disney World turn into a portal to tomorrowland. And the idea that the smart minds of the world were living in another place, making inventions, all very cool.

But this movie was all about the lead up. You keep watching because you want to find out what the deal is. What is the counting down timer? What is tomorrowland? An hour and half into the movie, I checked my watch to see how much time had passed because the movie was still in “lead up” mode and had yet to tell me what was going on. I was starting to wonder if this was a three hour movie.

It’s not. You just don’t get to understand what’s going on until the last fifteen minutes. And even then, it really doesn’t make much sense. A bunch of scientific jargon is thrown at you, which I doubt makes any sense, even to those who wrote the script, and it all comes down to one fundamental statement.

If someone tells you the exact day you are going to die. Do your actions then create that outcome? In other words, if you believe something is going to happen, do you then make it happen?

An entire movie based on that, results in tomorrowland. I think it would have been cooler if this had been more of a wizard of oz story. And less of a—there’s something weird going on but we aren’t going to explain it—story.

Should you see it? Meh, I would say no. There really wasn’t anything worthwhile in this movie. It’s kid friendly, but kids are likely to be bored. Yes, there is plot, but it is very weak.


McFarland USA, movie review

I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for an underdog or Cinderella story. Right from the start, the movie has you rooting for Coach White, when he demeans the egotistical quarterback on his football team. He’s trying to teach the kids respect and they aren’t having any of it. So of course, when he goes to a primarily Mexican town, he settles in nicely. The youth of Mexico can be quite respectful toward their elders and Coach White is a fan of hard workers.

The movie, based on a true story, shows you how two cultures can meld and how people with completely different cultural backgrounds can come together and find a way to heal each other’s wounds.

If you are looking for an uplifting, inspirational movie, this is definitely a movie to see.

A note to parents, it very G, only a few cuss words, and moderate blood. But the plot is slow and kids are likely to be bored.