The Parent Trap (1961) – JenEric Movie Review

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Hello Cinephiles,

Today we’re talking about the 1961 film The Parent Trap.

Story

The transitions between parts of the movie were a little choppy and uneven, but the story was solid. It had the right amount of twists and turns. I’m not sure if some of it is cliché or if it’s just had a huge influence on YA films afterwards. It’s definitely a product of it’s time with some casual racism and sexism.

Score: 0.5

Characters

I really enjoyed the side characters, the grandfather was awesome and so was the cook. I thought the mother and father were a little annoying, but hilarious. I was impressed with how Hayley Mills had different body language, mannerisms, and movements for each of her characters. It was always obvious which was which.

Score: 1

Dialogue

A lot of the slang in this is antiquated to the point that it took me some time to understand what it meant. It’s not unintelligible, but it was an adjustment.

The movie is quite witty and has a lot of fun lines.

Score: 0.5

Visuals and Music

The movie’s green screen is uncomfortable, but other than that, the movie is extremely well done. The split screen and body double work is impressive.

The music is good, especially the opening theme.

Score: 1

Fun

The 5yo didn’t want to watch it at first, but loved it pretty quickly. I had never seen it and it was a fun movie that made me smile. For my wife and mother-in-law it was a nostalgic return. We all had fun.

Score: 1

Overall

Mildly dated with some pacing issues, but overall a very fun and funny movie. The acting from Mills is excellent and the attention to detail is great. Definitely earns its place as a Disney classic.

Final Score: 4 Stars out of 5

One Hundred and One Dalmatians – JenEric Movie Review

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Hello Cinephiles,

Today we’re talking about the 1961 film One Hundred and One Dalmatians.

Story

This isn’t one of those movies I watched as a kid. I think I saw it as a teen and then again in my twenties. I’d forgotten most of the story and was pleasantly surprised. I’m not sure if this is the prototypical, “Pets return home” adventure movie, but it certainly has a lot of the tropes we’d see in later movies of the genre.

Very simple with a heartwarming community feel between the animals.

Score: 0.5

Characters

The puppies all have unique personalities even if I don’t know them. I’m sure with repeated watching, I’d be able to tell them appart.

Cruella seems mean and evil just for the fun of it. She’s beyond cartoony and I both like the simplicity and dislike the “single older woman is crazy/evil” trope.

I love the humans, they’re sweet and adorable pets.

I could have done without the fat jokes. “Fat kid’s always hungry” is a joke that needs to go away along with “fat kid can’t do anything effectively.” Arg.

Score: 0.5

Dialogue

Despite not having seen it a lot, I have often quoted the “my toes are froze” line. The midnight bark is iconic enough that I remember friends barking at each other from across fields. The movie is simple but very memorable in it’s dialogue.

Score: 1

Visuals and Music

This is one of those iconic animations that are just absolutely beautiful. Everything is clear and the animation is utterly beautiful. The backgrounds and snow especially.

The music is superb. It’s not a musical, but it will leave a song stuck in your head.

Score: 1

Fun

The movie is filled with pretty visuals and lots of cute puppies. The story moves extremely well for it’s time and the kids were glued to the screen. Fantastic to see that a sixty-year old movie can still have the same magic for kids as it did when it first came out.

I enjoyed it and wouldn’t be against watching it again.

2 year old’s review: “Me like it. Puppies in it.”

Score: 1

Overall

There are so many puppies in this movie that it’ll melt even a non-dog person’s heart. It’s exciting, adventurous, and despite some ableist language, it’s aged very well.

Fun, cute, and exciting.

Final Score: 4 Stars out of 5