Coco (2017) – Review

Review Coco

For a long time Pixar was the animation studio that was the best in the field of computer animation and was known for its originality. The only film that initially got (two very good) sequels was Toy Story, but after the release of the very disappointing Cars it was no longer a given that every Pixar film was a must see. Although Inside Out reminded me of the “old” Pixar, other sequels like Monsters University, Finding Dory and Cars 3 did entertain, but didn’t manage to wow as much. The Good Dinosaur was a bit disappointing. In comparison, Disney has been able to score hit after hit in recent years with Big Hero 6, Frozen, Moana and Zootopia. So Pixar has something to prove and show that they still got it. Do they prove that with their latest film, Coco? Continue reading

Tom and Jerry: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2017) – Review

Review Tom and Jerry Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

When you do a quick Google search on this movie you quickly realize how many people think this is one of the worst ideas ever, which is also realized badly. Why would you add Tom and Jerry to a movie classic? Before watching it I was completely unaware of the controversy. The 1971 original has been a personal favorite of mine which I still enjoy watching. I watched a lot of Tom and Jerry as a child and as my daughter is also a fan of them (and hadn’t seen Willy Wonka yet), I decided to check it out, on a DVD which also contains 60 minutes of other Tom and Jerry shorts. Continue reading

Despicable Me 3 (2017) – Review

Recensie Despicable Me 3 Verscrikkelijke Ikke 3

The return of the yellow creatures was looked forward by many, this time together with their boss Gru again who is working for the Anti-Villain League (AVL). He has to fight Balthazar Bratt, a bad guy who seems to still think he lives in the eighties, when he was successful as a child actor. Gru’s mission doesn’t entirely goes as planned and together with his wife he’s fired. No longer making money he has to wonder what he is going to do now, but when he hears he has a twin brother, Dru, he decides to see him, together with his family. Continue reading

Sing (2016) – Review

Review Sing

Ever since debuting their first movie Despicable Me in 2010, Illumination Entertainment has managed to release a financially successful string of movies, including The Lorax, Despicable Me 2, Minions and The Secret Life of Pets. The reviews weren’t as positive though, because after their first movie the Metactric score has never been above 62 points for any of their films, usually because the movie might have fun moments, but lack an emotional depth. The studio isn’t able to measure up to the greats like Pixar and Disney yet. Sing is their latest film and the question is whether this is any good. Continue reading

Moana (2016) – Review

Review Moana

As a fan of animation 2016 was a pretty good year when it came to Disney movies. At the beginning of the year the excellent Zootopia was release, which introduced a new world you wanted to spend more time in and at the end of the year they released their second animated movie, Moana. Is it just as good as Zootopia? Continue reading

The Red Turtle (2016) – Review

Review The Red Turtle

Silence in a film can be very powerful. It is an important tool in the filmmaker’s toolbox . Moments where not much happens can raise tension, but are also able to express emotion. Just think of Wall E, where the most powerful and emotional part was where there wasn’t any dialog. The same was the case for Up. Both movies were made by Pixar and together with Studio Ghibli (en Disney) belong to the best in animation. They are studios which not only manage to touch the hearts of children, but also have something deeper which appeal to older viewers. Unfortunately the future of Ghibli is uncertain. Both founding members have retired (although one temporarily returns) and there is no way of telling if the studio will release something in the future. So I was happy when I heard they would be releasing The Red Turtle. The fact that this movie wasn’t made in Japan, makes it a very special one. Continue reading