I'll start this off by saying that I believe this is Disney's masterpiece. Snow White kicked it off in terms of feature-length films and Pinocchio refined the consistency of character, plot, and artistry throughout a narrative, but Fantasia truly is the best of the three. The film is daring, experimental, beautiful, scary, moving, and above all, it is a work of art. This, in my opinion, is the apex of Walt Disney's career in producing animation. He had other highs…
What can be said about this film that hasn't been already? In my opinion, this is about as close to perfect as filmmaking can get, from the screenplay, in which there are so many "payoffs" from the first half to the second, to the fabulous score by Alan Silvestri, to the great performances across the board. Michael J Fox was never more fun, watchable, and charismatic. Crispin Glover was put to great use in this film and was sadly never…
Kenneth Branagh’s most personal film is also his best film since Hamlet. A fantastic, emotional snapshot of a family encountering tumultuous times. Filmed in beautiful black and white, with fantastic cinematography by Haris Zambarloukos, the narrative as seen through the eyes of a child is predictable, yet no-less-moving than if it hadn’t been easy to see the film’s trajectory, as the inevitability of the plot makes the film feel even more life-like.
The ensemble all provide impressive performances, with each…
When I was a kid, this was one of the first movies in which I realized the brilliance of the filmmaking, from writing to directing, in a film that on the surface seems like a standard studio comedy from the early 90s. I absolutely adore this film and am always glad that it finally gets the recognition it deserves from audiences of all kinds.
Watch it. Watch it again. Watch it again. Watch it again.
Pete Docter has always been my second favorite of the Pixar directors, after Brad Bird, and he did not disappoint here.
In many of the studio’s films, the humor of the supporting characters undermines the profundity of the cinematic poetry that the filmmaker had been trying to create in establishing the world, the story, and the themes. This was, for me, what prevented Inside Out and Up, just to name two of Docter’s other films, from being truly great.