Movie Review: Isle of Dogs

We’ll find him. Where ever he is, if he’s alive, we’ll find your dog.

Isle of Dogs is directed by Wes Anderson, it stars an ensemble cast featuring Koyu Rankin as Atari, Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson and more.

When all the dogs from the city of Megasaki has been moved to a nearby island. A young boy, Atari, is determined to find his pet dog Spots at all cost.


The Good

Much like Wes Anderson’s previous stop-motion movie, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Isle of Dogs looks incredible. The voice acting of the cast is of typical Wes Anderson movie, speaking softly with very little emotions but it works very well. To it’s credit it gave the dogs personalities and makes them endearing.

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Your five lead dogs are easily the best part of the movie, Bryan Cranston plays Chief, Edward Norton plays Rex, Bill Murray is Boss, Jeff Goldblum is Duke and Bob Balaban as King. Their interactions with each other and with Atari are great. There’s a lot of charm in their scenes and you can easily find yourself caring for these dogs.


The Bad

Unfortunately the second half of the movie is not as strong as the first half. Where the first half is all about Atari, his interaction with the five dogs and their journey within the island. The second half becomes less adventurous and more political.

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Greta Gerwig plays Tracy Walker who’s fighting for the dog’s and unfortunately she’s the weakest part of the movie, her arc comes of as uninteresting and dull. Sad to say she occupies certain parts of the second half of the movie and it drags the movie down a bit.


Rating

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Overall Isle of Dogs is still a fun movie, it has all the elements that you get from a Wes Anderson film, the quirky take on the characters, the cinematography and the voice acting it’s all there. Depending on the viewer if you’re a Wes Anderson fan you’ll definitely love this. Though it’s still good it’s not as good as Fantastic Mr Fox but still very enjoyable.

Good Bad 3.5/5
    • The Dogs
    • Overall Look
    • Weak Second Half
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Movie Review: Coco

I have to sing. It’s not just *in* me… It *is* Me.

Coco is the latest animated film from Pixar and it’s directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina. It stars newcomer Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt and Gael Garcia Bernal.

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Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.


The Good

Coco is easily this year’s best animated movie. The beautiful design of the Land of the Dead is one of the many highlights of this film. The colourful environment the neon colours of the animals and the look of the dead, it’s a marvel to look at.

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Another highlight of this film is how they incorporated the Mexican culture. With the theme of Dio De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) you can tell Pixar did their homework to make sure they got it right and they did. Especially with a strong focus on family it’s fascinating to watch and it sucks you right into the movie.

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The strongest aspect of this movie however is the story. Though it starts of as your typical Pixar movie with a character going from point A to B. There are moments in this film where they completely turns the story around and to a point where you don’t know where it’s headed. The story is incredibly enthralling and it’s beautiful as well as powerful.


The Bad

The only complaint I have for this movie, and it’s very minor is the humour, some of the laughs and gags are something you’ve seen before with skeletons pulling themselves apart and putting them back together. It’s very basic, but it does not hinder the overall quality of the movie.


Rating

9

As mentioned above Coco is easily one of the best movies to have come out this year. With a strong and powerful story and gorgeous animation. Coco will have you sad crying and happy crying. It’s a beautiful film accompanied by beautiful music and great voice acting from everybody involved. This film is highly recommended for everyone.

Good Bad 5/5
    • Beautiful Design and Animation
    • Strong Story
    • Lovely Music

 

Movie Review: Sausage Party

Once you see that s***, it’ll f*** you up for life. Good luck! Have fun!

Sausage Party is an R-Rated animated movie directed by Greg Tiernan & Conrad Vernon. It stars Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill and more.

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The groceries in the Shopwell’s Grocery comes to life as plenty of them believe that once they leave the store the gods (humans) will provide them a better life to which they can do anything they want.


The Good

Sausage Party is easily one of this year’s most memorable movies. With it’s ridiculous set up and crude humour it stands out from all the other animated movies that came out this year.

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Speaking of the humour, this movie is undeniably funny, it’s rude at times and it makes use of people’s stereotypes and it does it blatantly and as bad as it sounds it’s incredibly hilarious. Seth Rogen and Kristen Wiig were great at their parts however the supporting cast also get’s a mention as everyone did great voicing their characters.


The Bad

As mentioned, the humour here is crude and that can be a bad thing as it is borderline offensive. This movie caters to a specific type of crowd and for many this won’t be their cup of tea.


Rating

Overall, if you’re someone who’s not easily offended or easily disturbed and who doesn’t mind extreme crude humour every now and then. You will most likely enjoy Sausage Party. There are plenty of jokes filled with sexual innuendos, racial stereotypes and even takes shot at religious ideologies. To the movie’s credit majority of it works and are funny.

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However there are scenes which are incredibly disturbing if not revolting. This movie will not be for everyone to enjoy but for the crowd that this movie caters to, with an unforgettable ending, this movie is a treat.

Good Bad 3.8/5
  • Hilarious Jokes

Movie Review: Kubo and the Two Strings

Review May Contain Spoilers

If you must blink, do it now

Kubo and the Two Strings is a stop-motion animated movie produced by Laika (ParaNorman, Coraline)starring Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey and Charlize Theron.

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Hunted by his Grandfather his daughters, Kubo must find three items to protect him from The Moon King. Accompanied by a monkey and a samurai beetle Kubo goes into a life changing journey that deals with death and acceptance.


The Good

Like previous Laika projects, Kubo looks incredible. The stop-motion animation is amazing as usual and it’s easily the most visually impressive film they’ve produced. Along with the stunning visuals, the voice acting is also great. Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey were great in their roles and numerous times, they’re humorous.

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This movie lives up to it’s genre as this is also a great action adventure film. The action scenes are incredible and the movie has also a lot of heart and emotions in it. This is a very maturely written film and for an animation that is amazing.


The Bad

There’s not a lot of complaints about the movie other than the fact that it follows the same beats a quest story would have and it does make the movie monotonous at times.


Rating

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Overall Kubo and the Two Strings is easily one of the best animated film in 2016. The amount of work put into making the stop-motion is staggering and makes the film a lot more impressive than it already is. The story has heart the action sequences are thrilling and the characters are likable. The movie is a lot of fun in general and at times of emotions it’s effective. Highly recommended for all ages.

Good Bad 4.8/5
  • Stop-Motion Animation
  • Trio of Kubo, Monkey and Beetle
  • Great Mythology

Movie Review: The Little Prince

It is only with heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

The Little Prince is based on the French novella written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The movie stars an ensemble cast featuring Jeff Bridges, Benecio Del Toro, James Franco, Paul Rudd, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Mackenzie Foy as The Little Girl and Riley Osborne as The Little Prince.

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Based on the novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince. At the heart of it all is The Little Girl, who’s being prepared by her mother for the very grown-up world in which they live – only to be interrupted by her eccentric, kind-hearted neighbor, The Aviator.


The Good

This is possibly the best animated movie of the year so far. The animation isn’t as great as Disney’s nor Pixar’s however the stop-motion animation is impressive nonetheless.

The cast consists of several known actors and actresses and they all played their parts perfectly. The subtlety on their voice acting compliments the movie’s tone extremely well and Mackenzie Foy, Riley Osborne and Jeff Bridges did an incredible job portraying their characters.

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The story is beautiful as it tells a lot about kids growing up but in a very positive light. Simply put the movie encourages kids to be kids and enjoy the happiness of being a kid brings.


The Bad

The movie is divided into two styles of animation, one is stop motion and the other is computer generated. Unfortunately the computer generated animation didn’t work as well as the stop motion did and in some scenes it looks cheap.


Rating

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Overall Netflix has got another hit in their hands as The Little Prince tells a beautiful tale, though it is aimed for kids there’s an incredibly mature story behind it. From the amazing voice acting, to the creative imagery and the gorgeous stop-motion animation and lovely French soundtrack. With very little flaws, The Little Prince is a near perfect animated movie.

Good Bad 4.8/5
  • Amazing Stop Motion Animation
  • Beautiful Story
  • Great Voice Acting
  • Lovely Soundtrack
  • Computer Generated Animation

Movie Review: Zootopia

Life’s a little bit messy. We all make mistakes. No matter what type of animal you are, change starts with you.

Zootopia is Disney’s latest animated feature film and it’s a lot smarter, bolder and funnier than expected.

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Officer Judy Hopps is a newly recruited police officer stationed in the sprawling city of Zootopia. Unfortunately being as the first bunny rabbit in police workforce is not an easy task as she is often stereotyped. However when an opportunity presented itself in a form of a missing animal case. Officer Judy Hopps volunteered to take the case in hopes to prove her doubters wrong as well as establish herself as a real cop.


The Good

Whenever Disney Animation brings out a new film, it’s guaranteed the animation would be top-notch and that’s exactly what we have here. The art and animation is beautiful and it’s gorgeous to look at. The city of Zootopia itself was lively and the way the city was set up to accompany the different ecosystems was done extremely well.

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The two leads, played by Ginnifer Goodwin as Judy Hopps and Jason Bateman as Nick Wilde, were likable. They played their parts perfectly and both had great moments through out the film. The unlikely partnership of a fox and rabbit was a treat to watch on screen.

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The biggest surprise however, was the underlying message within this movie. From racism, sexism, xenophobia to stereotyping one species after another, it tackled these issues extremely well. It was a mixture of subtle and clever approach to which kids may not notice it but adults will exactly know what the movie was talking about.

The jokes were funny, there was a lot of great laugh out loud moments and even jokes that would only appeal to adults and as pointed out, was cleverly done.


The Bad

The movie can be a little predictable at some point however this is such a minor issue. It’s not worth talking about.


Rating

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Zootopia is easily one of the best movies this year. Disney did an amazing job from the animation, characters, to the cleverly addressed social commentary, they did everything right. The jokes were hilarious from the sloth scene shown in the trailer to an incredible Godfather parody. It’s definitely worth checking out and it’s highly recommended to all families humans and animals alike.

Good Bad 4.8/5
  • City of Zootopia
  • Likable leads
  • Laugh Out Loud Moments
  • Beautiful Art and Animation

Movie Review: Kung Fu Panda 3

I’m not trying to turn you into me, I’m trying to turn you into you

-Shifu

Dreamworks is back with one of their strongest animated franchise with Kung Fu Panda 3. With now having a trilogy, does the third film live up to it’s predecessors in delivering a solid film to form a solid trilogy?

Po has been training under Shifu’s tutelage for quite some time now. However Shifu feels that he’s got no more to teach the Dragon Warrior therefore the student has to become the teacher. While he also tries to reconnect with his biological father, Li (Bryan Cranston) and also face a dangerous threat the Spiritual Warrior, Kai (J.K. Simmons).


The Good

It goes without saying that Kung Fu Panda is one of the most beautifully animated franchise that’s ever made. And in Kung Fu Panda 3 it carries this same accolade, as this film was beautifully done. It’s gorgeous to look at and the animation of the characters felt genuine. The fight choreography between the animals themselves is still top notch.

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The movie itself is humorous, it’s very charming the interactions between Po’s adoptive father and his biological father is adorable and very fun to watch. Speaking of Li, Bryan Cranston is great in the movie, he sounds like he’s having a lot of fun and in return forms this great chemistry with Jack Black’s character.

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The Bad

Now along with Po the rest of the crew is back, The furious five are still voiced by the same actors/actresses who voiced them on the first film. Now that’s great but they don’t have much to do apart from Tigress who plays a small role in the film.

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The villain is probably my least favorite Kung Fu Panda villain. As he’s not given a decent backstory and though the film shows that he’s an incredibly strong opponent you just don’t care for him all that much. He doesn’t feel threatening and he makes jokes several times which makes it hard to take him seriously. That said he’s got a pretty sweet theme song.


Rating

Despite it’s flaws Kung Fu Panda 3 is still a solid film. The story itself isn’t great but it’s not bad either, there’s a lot of positive message to be taken from the movie, a lot of it is motivating one’s self and for a kid’s movie it’s a solid film. Probably the lesser out of all the three film however, it makes then Kung Fu Panda as a whole, a great trilogy.

Good Bad 3.6/5
  • Gorgeous Animation
  • Po, Li and Mr. Ping Relationship
  • Final Fight Scene
  • Lame Villain
  • Underused cast