Thoughts: I really do love this movie but 2012 was an amazing year for animated features and this one was definitely my least favorite and should not have won the Oscar (in my opinion, ParaNorman deserved it, or the film I’ll talk about next). It is a beautiful film but the story is a bit uneven. I have a complicated relationship with my mom so it guts me in that way but it meanders a bit and you can tell there may have been too many people working on it. I like that Pixar tried to make a princess movie and actually, I realized that since Tangled, all of the princess movies have not totally been about finding a prince or having a handsome male help them out. Progress! I’m so glad they used Scottish actors for the voices. I remember when Reese Witherspoon was attached and man, that would have been a very different movie. All in all, I do enjoy the movie: the humor, the main story, the characters, the lush Scottish scenery, Patrick Doyle’s score, but wish it had been just a little more.
Best Character: Merida! Most relatable princess! I wish I was better at archery, but as a Sagittarius, always respect it. I love that she rails against society and her mother. She never loses herself even when she understands where her mother is coming from. Definitely one of my favorite princesses.
Villain: Here’s where it gets a little weird. Mor’du I guess is the villain? But he really only comes for Fergus. The whole Mor’du plotline really needed to be fleshed out more. So, the witch can be the villain? I mean, who goes turning people into bears all the time?! That does not seem like a good way to fix anyone’s problems.
My Rating: 4 stars
Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
Thoughts: I absolutely adore this movie. I love video games but I am terrible at them. I need cheats and everything. What works about this movie is that the universe created is amazing and makes sense. It’s also a great subversion of the hero story as Ralph is the “villain” of his game. It’s so bright and colorful and all the characters are fantastic as is the voice cast. Everyone is solid and brings so much more to the role than you would think. I’m so burned out that I’m having trouble verbalizing what I love about this one but it really makes me happy and that’s all we really need.
Favorite Song: Not a typical Disney film with songs but I really just need to say how much I love the song that plays over the end credits “When Can I See You Again” by Owl City. It got a bit of a second life because it plays in the best Disney Parks parade, Paint the Night, which I miss terribly. Also, “Sugar Rush” is super catchy.
Best Character: Vanellope! Expertly voiced by Sarah Silverman, she only wants to race and be respected by everyone. She is considered a glitch and everyone shuns her for it but she doesn’t care. She is surprisingly optimistic for all the bullying and the fact that unlike everyone else in the arcade, she can’t leave to visit anyone else. She can be a bit annoying but she’s awesome and the twist is incredible.
Villain: Ralph is the villain of his game but he wants to be a hero. Most of the inhabitants of Fix-It Felix Jr. are mean to him but I don’t think they’re really villains either. The inhabitants of Sugar Rush are definitely villainous to Vanellope and to an extent, Ralph, as he tries to help her. The biggest one is King Candy who is revealed to be someone else and it is crazy. Knowing the twist, I tried to see if there were any real hints throughout the film and no, it is so solid, it’s insane.
My Rating: 5 stars