Another mashup costume of both Aurora and Maleficent. The detailing on the dragon is amazing.
Today we’re talking about the 2021 film Free Guy.
The story was deceptively simple but had lots of layers. It had a surprisingly upbeat message considering how the majority of humans are truly awful in the movie. I like the melding of a classic hero’s narrative with shades of fairy tales, otherworld stories, and a shade of 80’s techno thriller.
It would have been much too simple to make the characters stereotypes. The movie avoids that with everyone except the main villain who is geniusly played.
The dialogue is witty and wonderfully steeped in video game and online culture without being so dense as to be unintelligible to people who don’t play.
It has some ridiculously silly lines that wouldn’t work without the expert delivery of the actors.
Visuals and Music
The movie has so much going on in the background that it is impossible to catch everything in one viewing. I was impressed how this never distracted from the plot or the character development. It was also stunningly done with a beautiful mix of traditional and modern special effects. Special shoutout to them filming the real world and the game world with different camera lenses. Combined with the extra saturation in the game, it added a nice touch of separation.
If you’re a music nerd and a Disney fan, you’ll maybe have noticed that Guy’s theme is the same as the protagonist’s from the short film Paperman. The short’s music was written by the same composer and the short premiered before Wreck-It Ralph, another videogame movie.
My two year old sat through most of it, but got bored near the end. He spent the next day saying, “Free Guy Awesome.” My five year old spent the entire movie glued to the screen. My father-in-law was a little confused by some things since he’s never been into video games.
I had a lot of fun with this and found myself completely engrossed. It’s a rare movie that has me so sucked in that I feel disoriented when I get out of it.
This movie is exciting, heartwarming, and lots of fun. The blending of meta narrative with action adventure, Truman Show, and a little Sleeping Beauty makes for a fascinating story. All of which would be terrible without the amazing performances of the actors.
I highly recommend this one.
Final Score: 5 stars out of 5*
*A 5 star review doesn’t mean the movie was perfect nor that it is perfect for everyone but it is a movie I believe is as close to perfect as possible.
Hello Movie Lovers,
This year I seem to have watched, and reviewed, 73 films. Wow. Below is a list of them in decending star order. Within each catergory they are in alphabetical order.
5 Stars out of 5
4.5 Stars out of 5
4 Stars out of 5
- A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting
- Bill & Ted Face the Music
- Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
- Ever After
- Lemonade Mouth
- Meet the Robinsons
- Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe
- Spies in Disguise
- Spy Kids
- The Christmas Setup
- The Road to El Dorado
3.5 Stars out of 5
- A Christmas Movie Christmas
- A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby
- Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
- Happy Death Day
- High School Musical
- Hocus Pocus
- Monsters vs. Aliens
- Muppet Treasure Island
- Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
- Romancing the Stone
- Teen Beach Movie
3 Stars out of 5
- A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
- Arthur Christmas
- Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey
- Feel the Beat
- It Came from Outer Space
- Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
- Journey to the Center of the Earth
- Legally Blonde
- Mr. Peabody & Sherman
- Night at the Museum
- Over the Moon
- Sleeping Beauty
- Spy Kids 4-D: All the Time in the World
- The Christmas House
2.5 Stars out of 5
- Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam
- George of the Jungle
- Josie and the Pussycats
- Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
- Ocean’s Eleven
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
- The Ghosts of Buxley Hall
- The Spy Next Door
2 Stars out of 5
- A Christmas Prince
- A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding
- Jack the Giant Slayer
- Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
- Secret Society of Second-Born Royals
- Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams
- Teen Beach 2
1.5 Stars out of 5
1 Stars out of 5
0.5 Stars out of 5
What do you think? Do you disagree on any films?
Today we’re talking about the 1959 film Sleeping Beauty.
This is a classic. It’s now 61 years old and the 16th animated feature by Disney.
The story is pretty standard fairy tale with a little less death, rape, and horror in it than Grimm liked. A lot of the hour and seventeen minutes is spent of the set up to the big song number in the woods.
Other than some cringe-inducing grabbyness on Phillip’s side and some alcohol jokes that haven’t aged well, it held up pretty well.
The major difference with it and the more modern films is how simple the story is. Something that can be said about a lot of 1950 movies, not just the animated ones.
Poor Aurora had little to no choices in the movie. She was literally tossed around by the forces of fate and faerie.
Phillip was a nice strong hero but also felt young and less 1400 more 1950’s, which I suppose was the point.
The fathers, as is usual, were useless; and Aurora’s mother had almost no part.
Maleficent was a lonely, angry witch who could have used more motivation.
On average, the dialogue was simple, easy to understand and very forgettable. Maleficent didn’t need to call herself the Mistress of Evil for us to know she was the baddie, but she did.
The narration at the beginning felt over exposition-y and could have been done in dialogue or visually instead.
Visuals and Music
This was an absolutely gorgeous movie. Colourful, clean lines, no choppiness in animation. There are plenty of movies that don’t look half as good that came out in the past 10 years. The change in colour with the change in light source was beautiful, if a little over done.
The music was fantastic and catchy. If you don’t get Once Upon a Dream stuck in your head I’ll be surprised… and a little jealous.
This movie didn’t drag and if I found myself annoyed at the characters, there was always something visually stunning to look at. I had fun the entire time and wasn’t even tempted to look at my phone.
Overall, the movie was fun and beautiful. Some of the jokes fall flat after 60+ years but I didn’t need to pause and talk to my kids about what terrible thing was going on.
Final Score: 3 Stars
The Three Queens completely blew our minds! Stunning costumes, and super great cosplayers.