Monday, July 19, 2010

Movie Reviews

In the last two weeks, I've seen two animated movies: How to Train Your Dragon and Toy Story 3. They were both really good! Here are my reviews!

How to Train Your Dragon
I didn't know much about this movie going into it, so I had zero expectations. The plot was simple, but entirely different; it reminded me of Shrek, actually, because the story is about how things that are perceived as scary are not actually scary at all. So kudos to DreamWorks for subverting notions of normal/not normal.

There were only two things I didn't like about this movie: the dragon at the end was just too darn big—even for a fantasy animation—and the Viking youth didn't have Scottish accents, while the adults did (Really, what was that about?).

Toy Story 3
I had low expectations for this movie, too—mostly because I was trying to not get my hopes up that Pixar could create another great sequel. But they did! It was such a funny movie! I especially liked the Ken and Barbie scenes. Michael Keaton was the voice behind Ken, and he really took the cake. The general plot was fairly predictable, but Toy Story's familiar how-are-we-going-to-escape-the-villain-and-get-back-home theme wasn't boring because there were so many humorous scenes sprinkled throughout. Pixar really knows how to make a girl cry, too—I got a little watery-eyed at the end. (There were no actual teardrops, though.) :)

The one caution I will give for this movie, though, is: Don't let your small children watch it. I think some scenes could be a little scary for 4- or 5-year-olds. Just to be safe, I'd probably wait until my kids were 7 or 8.

Thing I'm thankful for: a car that works.


Blogger bh said...

I noticed the same thing about the accents in Dragon - Hollywood is so annoying sometimes

5:57 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

I had a hard time with Toy Story because I was hoping for a light-hearted, animated romp. Instead, I was bombarded with the idea of being forced to give up one's childhood.

And the part where they all grabbed hands and waited to die? Good Lord!

I think I need to see Despicable Me so I can turn my brain off.

6:55 AM  
Blogger Em T said...

We decided that getting a scottish accent must be a part of puberty.... Yeah, that threw off my groove a little. And the thing that gets me about how big the dragon at the end is that he wouldn't have been able to move- at all- in that mountain. Hello muscle atrophy!

David just loves it when I can't get over things like that. You should have heard me during king kong...

HOWEVER, I did really like both movies.

And, I was inspired to dejunk my house by toy story. Does that make me weird?

9:13 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Hahaha! Oh, Emily -- I know! Atrophy is right! I decided to not get into that, though. :)

9:24 AM  

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