***Please note: this is NOT a spoiler-free review!***
Last Tuesday saw the release of the Oscar Winner for Best Animated Feature – Big Hero 6. I was thrilled that it won, as I whole heartily agree that it was the best animated film of the year, and maybe even the decade. There are so many things I loved about this movie – its brilliant graphics, the beautiful themes of loss, love and friendship and of course the incredible Baymax!
If you haven’t seen the film, here’s a detailed and spoilery synopsis. 🙂 Continue reading Movie Review: Big Hero 6 →
This classic animated tale of boy meets giant robot from outer space is one of my all-time favorites. Director Brad Bird masterfully weaves together humor, suspense, tragedy, and most importantly a sense of heartfelt love.
The film revolves around Hogarth, a smart but lonely boy, and his friendship with giant metal robot who has crashed to earth. The military catches on to the existence of this extraterrestrial and Hogarth and his Beatnik friend Dean, must try to protect The Iron Giant and save him from destruction. Its setting in Maine, during the height of the Cold War, adds to the drama of the story by showing the extreme paranoia of the people and the government at the time.
It came out in 1999, a time when most animated films were starting to go a more computer animated route. But I think the classic animation style makes it even more endearing. Regardless of the style, it’s a visually stunning work of art that survives the test of time.
The voice talent in the movie is also amazing. Harry Connick Jr. makes you wish you were a Beatnik, Jennifer Anniston does a lovely job as Hogarth’s mom, and Eli Marienthal perfectly conveys the sense of wonder as nine-year-old Hogarth. And let’s not forget Vin Diesel. He manages to bring life, love and tenderness to a 50 foot tall metal robot. Not an easy feat by any means!
This movie’s themes of love, sacrifice, making good choices will make you laugh, cry, and everything in between. I think this is one of the most perfect movies ever made and I give it a rating of 9.5 out of 10. Don’t miss this modern classic!
George Lucas is a man I have long admired and adored. He created the universe that has brought me untold joy and happiness and for that I’m eternally grateful. I know that some of George’s choices haven’t always been popular, but I have stood by him with his Special Edition changes, interesting choices for the Prequels, and even Jar Jar Binks himself.
But recently I read an article that rubbed me the wrong way. It wasn’t the part about him slamming the Hollywood elitists and criticizing the movie industry itself. His unique perspective gives him a platform to say some things that needed to be said and hopefully can be a catalyst for change. If he would’ve just stopped there it would have been fine. Continue reading George Lucas – You’ve Crossed The Line →