Today we’re talking about the 2023 film Elemental.
The trailers made this look like a trope-y rom-com rip-off of Zootopia. What it is instead is a wonderful story of immigration and family. The elements together in a big city is used well and not as a gimmick but a metaphor.
The two main charactes are animated in very traditional proportions and that’s unfortunate and stereotypical.
Their personalities are much better however and don’t fall into stereotypes too much. It did feel a little odd that neither of them had friends.
The rest of the characters and cast are fun and fairly well fleshed out.
There are so many element puns that I can’t wait to rewatch and catch more.
The dialogue was very honest to their emotions and simplified. I liked the micro-aggressions from the well-meaning family, it gave the story some needed grounding.
Visuals and Music
The animation was amazing. Lighting, colour, detail, backgrounds, all beautiful. I loved the line art look of the fire people.
One of the fun parts of watching things with subtitles is seeing how they describe the music. Accorting to the subtitles, the music was “[Emotion] New Age music”. It was however extremely well done and worked perfectly with the tone and feel of the world.
This was fun in every concievable way. The 6yo said it was good but not great and the three year old concured.
The rest of the family loved it and I think it’s one of my top Pixar movies. Definitely going to want to rewatch this one.
The movie takes the story of an immigrant family and wraps it into a magical world of elements. The emotions are authentic and story compelling. It’s colourful, fun, and easy to watch.
Final Score: 4.5 Stars out of 5