Maleficent is a triumphant story of rape survival and recovery. It’s a movie that strides boldly away from expectations, at the expense of depth in the supporting cast.
A recent piece of news stated that not only will Harrison Ford be returning to the Star Wars franchise, but that Han Solo will be having a “major role” in the new films. This, along with this particular cast photo:
…are some of the first inklings we’ve been given about existing characters returning in the J.J. Abrams directed sequels. This scarcity of information led some fans to theorize that the new movies would draw upon the plentiful material from the Star Wars Expanded Universe (SWEU). Many of the books in the expanded universe contain characters and storylines that rival Han, Luke, and Keia in terms of the devotion of their fanbase. Continue reading
“Why Hulk get no love?” I know for me, and for many whom I’ve spoken to, one of the most pleasant surprises of Marvel’s The Avengers was Mark Ruffalo’s turn as Bruce Banner/The Hulk. After much beloved actor Ed Norton was unceremoniously removed from the role, many questioned whether Ruffalo would have the chops to pull off the nuances of Banner’s inner struggle with the beast that has so entrenched itself as a part of his identity. In my opinion, Ruffalo pulled off the role with grace and aplomb, and the decision to model the Hulk using motion capture effects similar to those used with Andy Serkis in his performance as Gollum succeeded where I felt previous iterations failed: making Hulk feel like an organic extension of Banner’s character.
Ever since John Lasseter ascended to nigh-godhood as the overlord of all things Disney Animation, his former fiefdom, Pixar, has been in somewhat of a slump. While not making horrible films, offerings such as Brave, Cars 2, and Planes have fallen far from the standard set by the likes of The Incredibles and Toy Story. The opposite side of this coin is that it seems the films made by Disney animation proper have been likewise improving, as indicated by Tangled, as well as the colourful and imaginative Wreck-It Ralph. Disney’s latest, Frozen, continues this positive trend, offering a fun-filled ride with breathtaking musical numbers, hilarious writing, and a surprisingly (in a good way) feminist message for the young lasses in the audience.
Despite having a relatively impoverished upbringing insofar as video games are concerned (especially considering that I grew up in the 90s, I have plenty of love in my heart for many of the characters and games referenced throughout Disney’s latest cinematic endeavour. A lot of love was put into the call-outs which are placed within the film, but what most impressed me is how Wreck-It Ralph manages to develop beyond the flash and showmanship of nostalgia, weaving a heartfelt story about accepting your own identity, and the human desire to be accepted and loved.