There are now two definitive versions of Pinocchio on film, and they each earned two Oscar nominations
Gorgeous mixed-medium animation. Nice music pairings and score. But my attention span for this sort of thing is just limited to short-length outings. Also not really sure I understand the appeal of Shaun the Sheep? Maybe that’s all on me. Still, I’ll stick with ET.
Watched this with my two nephews (ages 5 and 3) and niece (age 1.5). It was the inaugural viewing for all three, on the cusp of their first-ish visit to Walt Disney World the next morning. They were so wide-eyed, so captivated, so attentive, and so intimidated by Ursula.
I vividly remember responding to it the same way in theaters in 1989... and frankly, I still responded the same way on my couch here in 2019. A masterpiece.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Officially the first time I’ve seen toxic masculinity linked to showtunes.
My friends and I stood outside the theater for an hour, unpacking what we saw:
• The ambiguous setting of both time and place
• How so much of what we witness is unreliable, as we don’t know what’s in Joker’s imagination vs. reality
• The movie’s provocative engagement with our current discourse over mental health, white rage, toxic masculinity, mass violence, civil war, growing class divide, access…