So I saw Dark Phoenix yesterday and I was not impressed. To me it was just a crappier X-Men the Last Stand. The X-Men and the other mutants that appear are really the only mutants in the entire movie. Now I don’t think it’s the worst X-Men film though(that title belongs to X-Men Apocalypse). Other than that I think this brings a pretty shameful ending to the Fox era but thanks to Disney/Marvel there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
Recently TPR was given the chance to see a preview screening of Toy Story 4. I always thought that Toy Story 3 had wrapped up the entire series pretty perfectly so in a way it was sort of odd to see a 4th film released but it's Toy Story, easily the most successful Pixar franchise so I was eager to check it out. I'm really happy to say Pixar definitely hit another homerun here! This movies picks up not too long after the last Toy Story with Bonnie's family taking a road trip before she starts kindergarten. In her orientation she glues some pipe cleaner to a spork and creates a new toy called "Forky." Forky quicky becomes Bonnie's new favorite toy and on the road trip Forky gets lost and it becomes Woody's job to bring him back.
First off, I really do think this is one of the best looking animated movies I've ever seen! The detail on the characters is amazing and the scenes and locations they visit look beautiful! A large portion of the movie takes place in an antique store and we were told in the press junket we attended that there is in an Easter Egg from every single Pixar movie in there! The characters in the Toy Story series have always been memorable and in this one the new characters really steal the show. Especially loved Forky and Duke Caboom! (voiced by Keenu Reeves) As we saw in the trailer Key and Peele voice two carnival plush toys and they are absolutely hilarious. It definitely seems like this movie has the most comedy out of the entire series. It has it's heartfelt moments as well, but to me they weren't as "emotional" as some of others in the series have been, particularly Toy Story 3.
In the end, I absolutely loved Toy Story 4!! it's one of my favorite movies of the year so far. Great story, heartfelt moments and fantastic animation! It's pure fun from start to finish, really an excellent addition to the series! The way this one finishes up it kinda feels like the last one. But given the success I'm sure we'll see another one in another 9 or so years.
Toy Story 4 is out June 21st! Definitely go see it!
Last edited by robbalvey on Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:57 am.
Was shopping today at a toy store with my son and they had a pile of Marvel Endgame jigsaws on display. Seems weird they can use every actor's likeness but their biggest star. At least it's one who wears a robot suit. A google search shows it happened to most of them.
Saw Spider-man: Far From Home last night and thought it was SO much fun! Tom Holland absolutely knocks this character out of the park, and he’s only getting better as the movies progress.
Also saw Ma recently and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys campy horror. It was hilarious and thrilling in all the right places. I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to watch Octavia Spencer the same way again.
WOW! If The Lion King doesn't become the #1 highest grossing animated film of all time, I'll be shocked! Now *THIS* is how Disney should be doing all those re-makes. A perfect retelling of the original animated movie using current technology animation! While I haven't minded those "live action" films, I have to say that I haven't walked away from any of them feeling the need to see them again. But The Lion King? This is *PERFECTION!*
And yes, I said "animated." I personally do not consider this film to be "live action" as there isn't anything "real" about it. Even director Jon Favreau himself is quoted saying: "There’s no real animals and there’s no real cameras and there’s not even any performance that’s being captured that’s underlying data that’s real. Everything is coming through the hands of artists."
The film is most certainly "photo realistic" but it is not, in my opinion, "live action." And this is not a bad thing, either! In fact, I prefer it! I had always thought that instead of these live action re-makes, I would have rather Disney just take the original animated film, like Aladdin for example, and do a shot-for-shot remake using today's technology in animation. Imagine what the "Whole New World" sequence would look like if it was animated using the technology from Moana, for example. And that's kind of what Lion King exactly did!
I appreciated that the new film, while not exactly a shot-for-shot remake, was close enough to the original movie that you knew every beat point, every song, every moment. So no spoilers here, if you saw the original animated movie, you know everything in this new film. And that's fine. The Lion King is a timeless classic on its own. There was was no need to add any new music or additional scenes to it. They didn't NEED to "improve" any of the storytelling in Lion King, but it was sure nice to see it be "updated."
It is almost like what they are doing with retro video games coming out on updated consoles. A game like Final Fantasy VII doesn't NEED anything new added to it, but you'd love to play it on an updated console with current technology and art styles.
Initially I had even though "why not just take the original voice acting and audio and re-make the animation based on that?" but the new cast works perfectly well, and of course having James Earl Jones as Mufasa was a very good choice. If you're going to keep one original actor from the first film, that's the keeper! (I probably would have liked to have seen Jeremy Irons return as well, but I was fine with the new voice acting for Scar.)
I also was wondering if the "photo realistic" look of the movie would be a distraction, but it really wasn't at all. The fact that they didn't use "real animals" and lay voice overs on top of them worked so well. In the first five minutes of the film with that opening sequence that EVERYONE knows, you're drawn in and everything "just works."
I'm really hoping this re-make blows all the rest of them out of the water at the box office and makes Disney realize "huh...maybe we don't need to be 're-making' these films as live action or telling a different version of the story, but instead just updating our already beloved classics to today's technology."
It is almost like Jon Favreau and his team took Mufasa's advice... "Remember who you are... remember."
The Lion King opens in theaters on July 19th and we strongly recommend you go see it!
Last edited by robbalvey on Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:34 am.
I loved the "updated" versions of the songs from "Jungle Book" (and the way they were worked into that film), but haven't seen any musical number clips from Lion King, so wondering if the classic songs make an appearance.
Hearing John Oliver do "Morning Report" is something I would really enjoy.
Last edited by bert425 on Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:33 am.
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