MOVIE REVIEW: TOMORROWLAND (Brad Bird, 2015)

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Tomorrowland felt like an extremely long ad for Disneyland. It might have worked better as a Pixar movie (and 30 minutes shorter).

Sure it looked beautiful but what was that all about? The only time I had fun was when Hugh Laurie’s legs got smashed (a wink at House perhaps?).

Kids and adults will agree that this is just one big snoozefest. And I’m already being positive about it.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

(Originally published June 2, 2015.)

 

MOVIE REVIEW: BRAVE (Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, 2012)

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Merida may just be the first “lesbian” lead character in a Disney/Pixar cartoon and it was reason enough for me to love this movie.

Its story of a young girl trying to break free from the norm was pure fun and the animation was just gorgeous. I loved the three little brothers and I hope they get their own movie.

Emma Thompson was regal as usual voicing the Queen straight out of Battle Hymn of the Scottish Mom.

Rating: ★★★★☆

(Originally published August 24, 2012.)

MOVIE REVIEW: COCO (Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina, 2017)

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After years of hearing the words Remember Me and immediately thinking/singing “kapag nag-iisa, kapag ika’y nalulungkot, huwag kang mag-alala…”, I was so happy that it had finally been replaced by the lovely theme song of this equally lovely animated film from Disney/Pixar. No more odd memories of Renz Verano, just me sobbing uncontrollably while Miguel crooned to his great-grandmother.

Truth be told, as soon as I saw old great-grandma Coco on her wheelchair, I was already tearing up. I really thought yung bata si Coco talaga. I was not prepared for a lola story because this would always hit close to home. When she started singing along with him, I had to close my eyes or my hagulgol would have probably scared the young kids playing along the aisle.

I obviously enjoyed this heartwarming tale of a young Mexican kid that had to choose between his family and his passion for music. Very much like The Book of Life which was also set during the Day of the Dead, everything onscreen was just bright and festive and completely interesting. And those glorious songs! Note to self: memorize the lyrics of Un Poco Loco.

This was really the kind of film that you need to watch with your entire family. Just not with a baon of chorizo.

(And why was everyone hating on that long Frozen short? I actually liked it. Olaf deserved his own spin-off movie.)

Rating: ★★★★☆