movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Sun Mar 06 2016, 08:41pm | 8 comments
Just a reminder: I’m under embargo with Zootropolis (aka Zootopia) because it doesn’t open in the U.K. till the end of the month, but I can say that it is fantastic and you should see it if you can.
Oh good, another misleading trailer (which made it look to me very much like “generic buddy cop story, only they’re all animals”).
Just saw this, and wow. Yes. Works both as social allegory and on its own story terms, which is pretty impressive to pull off. “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Frozen,” “Big Hero 6,” and now this? If they’re on a roll putting out great stories, I can’t wait for “Moana.”
The trailers never seem to do the films justice. Remember how the “Frozen” trailers were all about the goofy snowman?
The awesomeness of this movie cannot be represented in soundbites or brief clips. It needs context.
It’s weird, but it DOES feel like I’ve seen this movie before in hindsight; the plot beats feel very familiar for some reason.
Then again, I said the same thing about the plot in Bolt, which I also loved. This movie does everything Bolt did right with characters, with added depth and incredible animation.
I agree. It’s like watching a baby take its first steps – I mean this is a movie ostensibly marketed to kids made by Disney that tackles gender and race with more nuance than many “adult” live action movies?!! It’s so leisurely and confident too – I kept waiting for the stupid pandering fart jokes and slapstick that thankfully never came. Even some of the throwaway jokes had a satirical edge (lemming bankers hah). It’s as though Pixar and Disney have reversed roles – Pixar’s dropping more and more lazy sequels, while this film’s examination of the delicate balance between natural differences in ability and politically correct ideals picks up where The Incredibles left off. Shockingly substantial.
It’s fascinating to read about how the film got made, and all the crucial story changes that were made almost at the last minute.
Looking forward to your review.
It finally opens here next week, so I’ll have a review soonest…
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