The Consequences of Not “Letting It Go”

tumblr_mxtw7gu1OV1r53i9eo1_1387077964_coverSo by this point in life everyone in the U.S. has probably heard of “Frozen” enough times to want to rip their ears off. Even Idina Menzel has been known to say that every parent of a young child probably hates her. As if that wasn’t enough, Disney is already getting us pumped up for “Frozen 2” even though we haven’t been given an approximate date for its release. Not that I have anything against “Frozen.” I will gladly admit that I saw it in theaters and sang the songs for weeks and months afterwards until I was able to purchase the movie. However, that movie came out in 2013… 2013, and we’re STILL stuck on it! I’ve yet to live a day since its release where “Frozen” isn’t in my life in some way. To be fair, I work in retail… where there’s everything from Frozen toilet wipes to three foot tall Ana and Elsa dolls, but still. That movie exploded, and the point I’m trying to make with all of this is that this explosion may have cast some smoke over a movie that could have exploded much larger than it did if “Frozen” fans had just decided to… giphy What is it that I’m so bent out of shape over? “Big Hero Six,” which was released almost a year after “Frozen.” I truly believe this movie was intended to blow up pretty big, maybe not as big as “Frozen” (as princess movies are known historically to bring in the most profit for Disney), but still relatively large. “Big Hero 6” just did not get the attention it needed to successfully launch as a huge hit. I’ll skip going into the statistics of how much “Big Hero 6” made compared with “Frozen,” but let’s just say, with a superhero line-up, “Big Hero 6” had the potential to make some serious money off of relative merchandise and it just didn’t seem to hit the mark. Of course, “Frozen” limiting the capabilities of “Big Hero 6” is just a theory I have. Maybe the movie just didn’t do too well all on its own. Either way, the movie is spectacular. If you like Disney, or comics, or superheroes, or downright lovable characters, you should most definitely check it out. This movie obviously came about after Disney acquired Marvel. “BiSunfire_&_Big_Hero_6_No.1g Hero 6″ was actually a marvel comic before it hit the big screen. Had that been played up more, the movie may have attracted a larger audience, but I’ll refrain from commenting too much on that. As with most Marvel movies, there were significant differences between the movie and the comics, so if you’re one of those people who’s easily offended by screenwriters veering off course, maybe you shouldn’t actually check this out… For those of you who didn’t leave with this last revelation, let me walk you through this movie… First off, I have to mention that brother’s Hiro and Tadashi Hamada, two of the main characters, live with their aunt. Another Dis66da6c05798412da322b26216738ecdfney movie where a parent or two are dead… classic. Fortunately we don’t have to hear the horrific backstory as to why they aren’t around. (SPOILER: Well, kind of… some of the trailers hinted at this.) Not so fortunately, we get good and attached to Tadashi, and BOOM! They kill him off. Thanks Disney… I waited the whole movie for him to come back, but no. He was really dead.

The jest of the movie is that Hiro, a young inventor, and his friends need to track down an evil man, who inexplicably stole an invention from Hiro and goes around destroying things and wreaking havoc with it. The movie has humor, tear jerk moments, killer music, and plot twists like you wouldn’t believe. Not to mention, an extremely lovable robot, Baymax. 200You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be on the edge of your seat… you’ll wonder why you hadn’t watched it sooner. It’s fun for the whole family, and the best part? It’s a nice break from the world of musicals where your kids sing the same songs over and over again for three years straight.

Into the Woods

Into the Woods is aInto-the-Woods-characters combination of multiple Brothers Grimm fairy tales including “Little Red Ridding Hood,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Cinderella,” and “Rapunzel.” The stories all overlap in the midst of a dark and mysterious woods where a humble baker and his wife search for items that will help break a curse put on their family by a witch. The film is an adaptation of a broadway musical by the same title.

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First of all, I have to take a moment to discuss the casting of this movie, because it was beautiful. Many famous actors and actresses were considered for the various roles, but I personally think it could not have gone better with any other actors. The always incredible Meryl Streep had me so lost in the witch character that I had to convince myself  it was her underneath all of that make-up. Emily Blunt spent the entire film pregnant while portraying a woman who couldn’t have children, Lilla Crawford as “Little Red Riding Hood” and Daniel Huttlestone blew me away with their voices and acting, and Chris Pine as a singing Prince? Stop my beating heart, I didn’t think he could get any mointo_the_woods_johnny_depp_h_2014re beautiful. Not to mention the ever intriguing Johnny Depp as the big bad wolf. How that man can take on so many freaky and weird characters and still be so lovable is completely beyond me. I personally wasn’t so sure I could take Anna Kendrick seriously as Cinderella, but she did justice to the role. James Corden played the cutest baker, Tracey Ullman was a lovely bedraggled mother for Jack, Mackenzie Mauzy was not on my radar prior to this film, but I loved her as Rapunzel, and of course, her prince Billy Magnussen another unfamiliar but pleasing face. The last cast member I’d like to tip my hat to would be Lucy Punch, because that girl is so good at being an evil stepsister, she had to do it twice.

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Since the script is based on the original Brothers Grimm tales… the whole thing was a little less than Disney.  Johnny Depp’s wolf song is extremely pedophiliac but the director thought that if they glazed over the creepy connotations children would miss the creepiness completely. Sounds to me like Disney is setting up to be accused some more of teaching inappropriate things to children. 

Although I did appreciate (SPOILER ALERT) that when Prince Charming was cheating on Cinderella he said, “I was taught to be charming, not sincere.” Proving again that marrying someone you just met might not be the greatest choice a person could make. After all the “Happily Ever After’s” were realized, things fell apart, which is sad… but much more realistic. Things ended up just how they were meant to, horrifically. That’s what Brothers Grimm stories are, and I personally am glad Disney finally stuck to that even though the whole thing was basically word for word exactly the same as the original play.

Overall it was a pretty great movie, I would definitely recommend it, especially if you’re someone who is into musical plays. I could see it all happening onstage even though it wasn’t which could be a pro or a con depending on your taste. The biggest complaint I’ve heard of this movie was from people who did not know of the play previously. They were disappointed in the film, simply for the aforementioned “unDisneyness” of it, but now you know and won’t have those kinds of expectations going in… Into the woods. 😉

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Teen Beach Movie

For those of you who aren’t tuned into Disney Channel anymore, I’m here to fill you in on the only Disney Channel original movie from 2013, “Teen Beach Movie.” Why? Well, because it’s on Netflix, but also because “Teen Beach Movie 2” will be coming out this summer (2015) and you might want to be all caught up.

Overview:

The short version? “Teen Beach Movie” is basically “West Side Story” meets “Beach Blanket Bingo,” “Grease,” and “Back to the Future,” but I’ll get into that more later…” The movie follows two lovestruck teens, Brady and Mack as they’re reaching the end of their summer together, and looking toward a future that seems a little bleak. Who would want to leave the beach, the surf, and their teenage love life for education? No one.

Desperate to capture the last bit of summer, and ride the best waves the beach has ever seen, our starlet Mack (McKenzie) goes out on some sketchy water and ends up eating it pretty hard. Brady bravely jumps on a jet ski and races out to save her, but suddenly the two find themselves surfacing on a calm, quiet beach. The pair discover that they have somehow ended up in the classic 1960’s film, “Wet Side Story,” and things just get kooky and musical from there.

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