Tangled Directed by: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard Written by: Dan Fogelman (screenplay), Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (fairy tale) Starring: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, and Ron Perlman
You’ve seen this place before. The polished forests, trickling streams, song birds chirping in a synchronized melody- you’re in Hell, only this time it looks more polished.
That may be a bit hyperbolic to describe Tangled, the latest Disney princess delusion to sweep children up on waves of fantasy and take them to a perfect world that will never exist. The images are distinctly old school, reminiscent of Sleeping Beauty or Snow White. These days, though, Pixar is the bulk of Disney animation, and their technical and story wizards work behind the scenes (the company’s John Lasseter serves as producer) to salvage this movie from destroying itself. It’s not a bad pairing at times, with beautiful images and story-telling subversion that are well above this movie’s call.
Finding Neverland Directed by: Marc Forster Written by: David Magee (screenplay) Allen Knee (play) Starring: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Dustin Hoffman, Julie Christie, Freddie Highmore
Finding Neverland isthe Jonny Depp film Tim Burton has attempted to make time over and time over, and has failed to create despite all his creative savvy.
It is the fairy re-tale of the classic Peter Pan story. What makes Neverland so brilliant is that it doesn’t attempt to retell and spit out the same story with a teeny-tiny twist or different color palette like Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Instead the film looks at the story with a whole new scope, depreciating no magic or thematic value, and instead enhancing it and recreating it into a marvelous, heartwarming story worth remembering like the original. Continue reading →