Moana

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I’m so happy that Disney’s been on top of the world this decade. It feels like the 90s all over again, when the studio would release success after success. While I  don’t think any of their recent “Revival Era” films have quite reached the heights of classics like “The Lion King”  or “Aladdin”, they’ve still proven to be fantastic and highly entertaining films that are worthy of the Disney name, and Moana is no different.

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Moana treads familiar ground during its first act. As the film is from the same creative team behind “The Little Mermaid”, parallels can be easily made between the two films. A feisty teenager longs to explore the world beyond her home and venture out into the open seas, but her stern father initially says “Nuh.” Eventually Discoveries are made, an adventure begins and memorable characters are introduced. There’s a bit more to it than that, but If you think that sounds straightforward, that’s because it kinda is. Moana doesn’t break new ground in terms of storytelling, but it does get a lot of mileage out of its terrific main characters characters. Where do I begin? First thing’s first; The demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson) pleasantly surprised me. The trailers made the character look like little more than the comic relief, but there’s more to him then that. His backstory is interesting, he’s irresistibly charming throughout, and his back-and-fourth Dialogue with Moana results in some of the funniest comedy that Disney’s written.

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Speaking of Moana, she’s a solid lead. Her drive for wanting to explore the world beyond her island doesn’t come across as selfish or rash, but instead feels rather genuine and even heartfelt. (Teehee, those of you who’ve seen the movie will hopefully get it.) Even the Ocean is a character! There are several points in the film where the ocean assists Moana and Maui on their adventure, and while it’s mostly played up for comedy, it does carry a significant weight to the story that pays off nicely towards the end. There’s some fun comic relief to be had in the form of a dopey wall-eyed chicken that tags along for the ride, as well as a monstrous Crab who sings a catchy “flight of the Conchords” style song, but the real standouts are Maui and Moana, particularly when they share screentime. The animation is, of course, crisp and beautiful. Disney’s stepped it up yet again with endless shimmering oceans and  luscious green islands that make you wish you could leap into the screen to take it all in. There’s even some nice little bits of Traditional animation to be found, most notably mini-Maui (Maui’s living tattoo that serves as his conscience throughout the film, and also helps provide some of the biggest laughs.)

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Moana’s really good, but is it great? It doesn’t quite make it there, but almost. The biggest problem I had with with the film was it’s tendency to rush some of the character development. There’s A LOT that happens in the film, and because of this, some of the character development feels a tad light. I won’t spoil them here, but there’s a few turnarounds near the end of the film that feel a bit too quick and easy, causing them to feel less impactful. While the film is a lot of fun to watch, it doesn’t truly come alive until Moana and Maui meet eachother. The first act is fine, but it plays out a little too closely to your typical Disney Princess story, which was especially noticeable after films like Tangled and Frozen have really shaken up the genre. There’s also a reveal of the film’s antagonist a little too early on, leaving it’s grand entrance during the climax feeling a tad underwhelming. On a more positive note, the music in the film is very well done, with songs like “You’re welcome” and “Shiny” still stuck in my head as I write this review. The soundtrack itself is culturally unique and fresh, helping this film stand out amongst other Disney animated musicals.

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Moana may not be as surprising or inventive as Disney’s earlier 2016 film “Zootopia”, but it’s still a fun and enjoyable ride that easily fits in nice and snuggly with the rest of the “Revival Era” films. It’s actually nice to have two vastly Disney films in one year, with Zootopia being the more “out there and unique” one, and Moana being a very comforting classical Disney story. 2016, for the most part, has been a really weak year for film, but Moana will be fondly remembered as one of the good ones.

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The Good Dinosaur

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For the first time in the studio’s history, Pixar has decided to release two feature films in one year. The first of which being last June’s Inside Out, and the second of which being  November’s The Good Dinosaur. While Inside Out was met with universal acclaim, the reaction to The Good Dinosaur seems to be more mixed, and so far the film has not met Disney’s expectations on the Box Office front. I had been keeping an eye on this for years, and followed it through all it’s production troubles, director changes, and I started to worry that the film would never end up being made. Now that the film has finally been released, I can safely say that The Good Dinosaur is a good, if simple, movie.

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While Pixar is often praised for it’s original takes on stories we’ve heard before, The Good Dinosaur chooses to instead make things more simplistic when it comes to it’s story. The story of the Good Dinosaur is nothing new; Arlo, A young Apatosaurus, gets separated from his family and has to find a way back home. Along the way he meets a human caveboy named Spot, and the two of them encounter several other colourful characters and dangerous obstacles on their adventure. Now although there is more to the story then I’m giving away here, the film overall feels much more simplistic then your average Pixar film, but what makes the film work is it’s characters and it’s setting. The Good Dinosaur is one of Pixar’s most visually beautiful films to date, and a lot of that has to do with the surroundings that the main characters find themselves in. The photo-realistic environments may clash with the cartoony character designs at times, but for the most part contrast works to the film’s advantage. I actually grew to like the character designs, because while it is goofy and cartoony, it’s also incredibly expressive,which helps make all the major characters memorable, even if some don’t get as much screen time as others.

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The film sort of plays out like Alice In Wonderland, where our two main characters, Arlo and Spot, come across lots of these characters on their journey, but only for brief moments. The pacing can at times feel a little clunky and awkwardly chopped together,and that’s most likely due to all the production troubles, but as I said earlier in the review, the film’s story isn’t the highlight here, it’s the characters themselves (plus, the pacing improves as the film goes on.) My favourite characters, As I hinted above, were the T-Rex family. What’s neat about them is that they’re more or less cowboys. Even the way they run is animated in such a way that it looks like they’re horseback riding (it makes sense when you see it in the film) Their presence in the film gives it a real Western feel and tone, which is certainly not a bad thing. (especially since the two other animated westerns I can think of, Fievel Goes West and Rango, have been stellar.) The movie also has a lot of heart, and this shines through during the more tender scenes, such as the ones that involve Arlo and his father interacting, and the ones that showcase Arlo and Spot’s companionship. Pixar has been known for creating characters and worlds that you enjoy and want to re-visit, and the Good Dinosaur is no exception.

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The Good Dinosaur never quite reaches the heights of some of Pixar’s more complex and innovative efforts, but it’s still a good family film and one of the better animated films to be released in 2015. When comparing it to Inside Out…. it’s a little complicated. From a technical standpoint, Inside out is the superior film, hands down, but from a personal stand-point, The Good Dinosaur is my favourite of the two. (this film certainly has the better soundtrack though. The main theme of the movie is great.)   I just found myself enjoying this one a bit more. Maybe I found it a bit more relatable, or maybe it’s just because I’m  such a big fan of Dinosaurs. Either way, The Good Dinosaur is an enjoyable film, and worth checking out in theatres if you’re an avid animation/Pixar fan or a Dino lover.

Tomorrowland

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Tomorrowland is a film that I struggle with. I highly enjoy quite a few of the things that it offers, such as It’s likeable cast, fun setting, great buildup and potent message and moral. However, I’d be lying if I said that I thought the execution wasn’t clunky, and as someone who’s a huge Brad Bird fan, that’s a little disappointing. But don’t go crazy on me yet, I didn’t say that the movie was bad, Nor is the movie great, It’s just kind of….goodish.

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For a film based on a theme Park ride that I knew little to nothing about before going in, I was impressed with how the film made it’s selling point, the futuristic setting of Tomorrowland, so captivatingly cool. The city doesn’t look all that different from something you’d see in Star Wars or Blade Runner, but what makes it cool is it’s vibe and purpose. Tomorrowland’s culture is built on positivity and creativity, the kind of world that I think we all ultimately strive for to some degree. Because of this Tomorrowland feels inviting as well as exciting I’d go as far to say that the special effects that bring the world itself to life are worth the price of admission alone, since the spectacle clearly demands to be witnessed on the big screen to get the full effect. Sadly, while the film’s biggest strength is it’s titular setting, we don’t really get to see Tomorrowland in it’s prime as much as I would’ve liked. We get glimpses of it here and there, and the more we see of it the more we want to go and visit the place, but the film’s primary focus seems to not be on the place itself, but the buildup. We spend a good chunk of the movie in an average present-day town rather than the future, and while the buildup is effective, it sadly lacks payoff, as the film’s third act is ultimately rushed and kind of a let down. There’s a twist revealed towards the film’s climax and while it presents some really cool ideas and even some thought provoking arguments, they unfortunately try to explain too much too quickly, not allowing much of it to effectively sink in with the viewer.

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The cast does a good job with what they’re given l and I can’t say that there’s a truly ‘bad’ performance to be found, but some of the dialogue feels hokey. Not all of it mind you, in fact the majority of the film’s script feels smart and even witty at times, which is to be expected from a Brad Bird story, (however I should mention that Brad Bird himself didn’t write the script. That credit goes to Damon Lindelof) but there are times where the story either feels a little too basic or a little too crowded with ideas and concepts. Alot of these issues don’t appear until closer to the third act though, and the first half of the film, for the most part, is enjoyable. The three main characters, Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) Frank Walker (George Clooney) and Athena (Raffey Cassidy) are good, with Frank Walker’s character arc being the most interesting of the bunch, but while none of them are bad, they aren’t exactly the most memorable cast either. If I’m being totally honest, my favourite part of the film was the action scene where Casey enters the vintage toy store to learn more about the pin that showed her glimpses of Tommorowland in the first place. The entire sequence is funny, action packed and filled with references to many of Brad Bird’s films (Such as The Iron Giant and The Incredibles) and even some other sci-fi related memorabilia hidden in the background. (Did anyone else catch that Godzilla toy on the shelf?) There’s a moment where the characters in the store even use Star Wars toys as weapons. I just found it so bizarre that I couldn’t help but immensely enjoy myself through the entire scene.

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Tomorrowland is a definite mixed bag that could’ve been so much more with a tighter script, but as it is, it’s a somewhat underwhelming entry in 2015’s summer movie lineup thus far. The ideas that the film presents are wonderful, and I think the message that it tries to convey is worth discussing and pondering after you leave the theatre, but because of the clunky story and lack of payoff, the film suffers from being unmemorable. Overall, not a bad movie and not a great movie. Just somewhere in the middle.

Cinderella

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I love Disney. In case that wasn’t clear already (almost all of my reviews for Disney films on this site have been extremely positive). Having said that, Cinderella was never one of my favourites from the studio’s catalogue. I simply just never found interesting and would often find myself bored when watching it as a kid. It’s got good elements to be sure, such as fun side characters and spectacular animation, but overall it’s a film that I’m not the biggest fan of. When I heard that Disney was going to release a live action remake, my interest was nonexistent. Having said that, my interest sparked ever so slightly when I began hearing nothing but good things about the film from critics, as well as the news that there would be a Frozen short film at the beginning. So I ended up seeing the film to see if it could either live up to the praise, or bore me to tears. So which one was it? Well, in some ways it was both.

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The characters come off as pretty static, but the truth is that’s how they were in the original too, so I was somewhat expecting it. Cinderella herself (played by Lily James) is certainly not that interesting, however her kindness and hopeful nature does make her a bit endearing, So can’t go far enough to say I hated the character. the prince is pretty silly though. I guess you could say this is technically an improvement over how he was portrayed in the original (If I remember correctly, The Prince (Richard Madden) only has one line of dialogue in the animated film, and that line is “Wait!”) But he’s still only about as interesting as my socks. Him and Cinderella do share more time together onscreen than they did in the original, but it’s still the typical formulaic “love at first site”deal. The Fairy Godmother is pretty well handled, but she’s not on screen enough to really analyze her character. Cinderella’s nasty Stepsisters are pretty one dimensional as well, serving as bullies for Cinderella and little else. The evil Stepmother (Cate Blanchett) fares better, providing us with the same despicable character that we all know, but with a bit more depth concerning her backstory. Truthfully, I think that the villains in the original animated film packed a bit more of a punch when it came to their actions (The dress tearing scene was nowhere near as heartbreaking in this film as it was in the original) but it was still nice to see some development in their characters (specifically the Stepmother) for this adaptation.

cinderella_2015_shoes What we have here is an adaptation that’s technically done very well, but what’s really going to make or break this film is you’re opinion on Cinderella story in general. Personally, I put this movie about on pretty much the same level as the original film. There’s elements of both that I like, but the story itself isn’t particularly my cup of tea. Having said that, I still thought the movie was undeniably sweet and good hearted, much like Cinderella herself. It’s a decent film that I think does the best with what it had, and that’s enough to gain a positive review out of me.

 

(P.S The Frozen short film, “Frozen Fever” Was cute. But I would’ve preferred if it was a little longer.)

 

Guardians of the Galaxy

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is quickly becoming one of my favourite film franchises. For those who don’t know, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (we’ll call it MCU from here on out) consist of superhero films that share the same universe and continuity.It began in May 2008 with the release of Iron Man, and has since sen followed up with the likes of The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America and of course, The Avengers. It’s an innovative and ambitious idea that has surprisingly payed off. This year, Marvel has released two game changer films for the MCU. The first film being “Captain America: The Winter soldier”, which shook up the status quo for earth’s heroes and sets up some events that will take place in next years “Avengers 2: Age of Ultron”, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Which takes us beyond earth, Asgard and even this galaxy, and introduces us to some of the most memorable characters the MCU has to offer.

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Guardians of the Galaxy is one of Marvel’s more obscure properties, so many people will go in knowing next to nothing about these characters prior to seeing the film, and In this case, It works in the movie’s favour, because the majority of the film is spent learning about and getting to know each one of the guardians themselves. Peter Quill, A.K.A StarLord (Chris Pratt) is the somewhat the leader of the group. His character is like a cross between Han Solo and Tony Stark, and I mean that in the best possible way. Both Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax (Dave Bautista) have very intriguing backgrounds and motivations. Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) steals every scene he’s in thanks to his wit and relationship to his buddy Groot (Vin Diesel). Speaking of Groot, he provides the film with a lot of heart, and his character reminded me a lot of The Iron Giant. (Another awesome Vin Diesel role) Each of the main characters are interesting and utterly hilarious. The film is basically one big galactic road trip with the five of them,and as the film went on, I grew more and more attached to each of them Even if you go in not knowing who the Guardians of the Galaxy are, you’ll walk out wanting to see more of them.

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One thing that I found interesting about this film is that despite the fact that it’s a Marvel film that’s meant to fit in with the rest of the MCU, I really couldn’t compare it to the previous entries because this is an entirely different genre. It’s doesn’t come off as a superhero movie as much as a good old fashioned space opera adventure (a la Star Wars) with some self a ware writing thrown in. Because of this, this MCU entry feels very fresh and different, which is always nice. The locations and different planets the characters visit range from dark and bizarre to just plain beautiful to look at. The same can be said for most of the alien designs (although some of the background ones look like they just walked off a Star Trek set). The villains may seem familiar to something like Star Wars, but it’s clear that the film is focusing more on the characters and their relationships with each other then the villains. Having said that, what the main villain Ronan (Lee Pace) lacks in character development he somewhat makes up for in presence. He comes off as very threatening and his alliance with Thanos (A major Marvel baddie from the comics and  is sure to be the biggest threat in the MCU) and the Other (A mysterious character with a shared loyalty to Thanos) makes him feel more compelling then he would if he was working alone.

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Alright fanboys. If your like me, you were excited to see Thanos,one of the biggest Marvel villains ever, fully realized on the big screen after his short cameo in the Avengers. Although his name gets dropped alot, he doesn’t get very much screen time (I counted maybe two scenes you actually see him in). What makes this work though is by this point, we know that marvel is just putting the pieces together and setting up for something MUCH bigger in the future, so it makes is lack of screen time feel more like a slow build up that will pay off sometime soon.The film’s action is brilliantly choreographed and executed and each character gets their moment to shine. Something else I’d like to talk about is the soundtrack. Which is mostly comprised of 70’s and 80’s songs, and it really works well in the context of the film. Mainly because the film itself has a very strong 80’s vibe.

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Trying to explain to people who The Guardians of the Galaxy are is no easy task. The concept may sound ridicules, but Marvel has gone above and beyond to insure that this film makes them household names. Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the funniest, refreshing, and creative Marvel films to date. It’s an instant classic that has something for everyone. And in this fan’s opinion, It’s the best summer blockbuster of the year.

Maleficent

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Funny thing about Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, I’ve only seen it twice. The reason I bring this up is because while I do consider myself a big fan of Disney films I don’t find myself thinking very fondly of Sleeping Beauty in comparison to their other classics. Don’t get me wrong, there ARE things to love about it, and I can see why it’s a highly regarded film. But to me most of the characters were a little boring, the story itself didn’t interest me very much, and even the villain underwhelmed me. For a character that’s regarded as one of the great Disney baddies I never found her that memorable. The reason I bring all this up is to clarify that going into “Maleficent”, I had no real attachment to the source material like so many other people have. Having said that, I was still excited for the film thanks to the promising marketing and the mostly positive feedback it seemed to be getting. Some were even declaring it “Better then Frozen!” I was intrigued to say the least. So what did I ultimately think of the movie? Read on to find out.

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Let’s get the negatives out of the way. Where the film falls flat is sadly in an important as far as Disney goes, and that’s the characters. Many of the supporting cast and even some of the leads just come off as a little bland and not very fleshed out. (This seems to be the same problem with one of last month’s films, Godzilla.) I’m usually a fan of Elle Fanning, but here when she plays Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) she is simply not given much to do other then smile and be kid of..well..perfect. The same can be said for Prince Phillip (I even had to look up the cast list to remember this character’s name…that’s a bad sign.) He’s supposed to be Aurora’s love interest somehow he manages to come off as even more bland and boring then she does! it’s not a problem with the acting, the problem lies with the writing. The three little fairies are okay. Basically just dumbed down versions of the characters from the original and not much beyond that. Overall, most of the characters in Maleficent are just kind of forgettable.

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That being said, the movie truly shines when it comes to pretty much everyone else. Maleficent herself (portrayed wonderfully by Angeline Jolie) Hs gone from being a stereotypical villain to a fascinating character. I applaud this movie for not making her a “hero” or a “Villain” but just very human and relatable. She still manages to be intimidating though. Her character has a great balance of tragedy, humor and chills when she’s onscreen, and this makes her a very interesting character to watch. If you see the movie, see it for Maleficent herself. Another character that i found appealing was Diaval, a shapeshifter sidekick to Maleficent. In some ways, he serves as Maleficent’s conscience. He often pushes her to do the right thing and is very loyal to her, while still being a distinct character in his own right. The King, who serves as the film’s villain, is also interesting, although it’s a little disappointing that the film needed a villain at all, as I think it could’ve been much stronger if it was just about these characters and their struggles. but as it stands, these three characters are still the highlight of this film.

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Aside from the characters, another thing that this movie does well is the magical world it creates. One of my favorite things about this movie is the variety in All of the creatures. Most of them have a very Tolkienesque look and feel to them, but still look different enough to be their own unique creatures. I would have to say my favorite ones are the tree army. The film’s creativity really shines during the opening battle between the army and the Kings men. Maleficent’s home is introduced in a beautiful dream-like state, but soon turns nightmarish and threatening, yet still very beautiful when she corrupts it with her magic. I was worried that the film’s visual style would borrow too much from other Disney works such as “Alice in Wonderland” or “Oz the Great and Powerful” but I was pleasantly surprised. Saying anything about this film’s story is probably not a good idea, as there are quite a few twists in the movie (especially near the end, which you may or may not see coming. Depending if you saw “Frozen”) i will say that the pacing is fairly good, and the film has a nice dark tone to it without going overboard. I think this would be a perfect summer family film.

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Maleficent impressed me in some areas, and disappointed me in others. Overall though, it was an enjoyable ride that had a really cool world an a fascinating lead. I didn’t enjoy it as much as Disney’s previous live-action fairy tale,Oz the Great and Powerful, and I don’t think it’s as good as Frozen. But as it stands, Maleficent, while not without it’s flaws, has enough good in it to make it worth seeing on the big screen. Recommended.

The Pirate Fairy

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One of my all time favourite stories is Peter Pan. Speaking as someone who would very much like to stay a kid forever, the tale holds a special place in my heart. That being said, I wasn’t all that thrilled when I heard that Disney was going to make a franchise out of Pan’s fairy, TinkerBell. It just didn’t sound all that appealing to me, and the generic-looking animation style didn’t help either. After watching the first film, I had no interest to see any others (save for the third one, “The great Fairy Rescue”, Which for what it was, was actually fairly decent.) However, a few things made me interested in “The Pirate Fairy”. For one, they seemed to finally have a premise that delved into some Peter Pan lore by reintroducing some familiar (and younger) characters and locations into the story. In addition, The casting of Tom Hiddleston ( You may remember him as Loki) as Captain Hook was a stroke of genius on the creators part. Because of this, I was actually rather excited too see this one. Is this the Peter Pan spinoff I’ve been waiting for? Umm…well….

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Let me start off with some positives. First off, the animation has been vastly improved since it’s predecessors. I mentioned that I’m not a fan of the visual style this franchise is going for and..yeah I still really REALLY dislike the character designs. They all just look tooBarbie dollish and baby faced. It’s not an eyesore, but it could use alot work. Everything else though? Gorgeous. Right from the opening shot, we are treated to some truly breathtaking landscape shots that feel very theatrical in their presentation. It’s not Pixar or Dreamworks quality,but for a direct to video film,it’s pretty damn impressive. But it doesn’t stop there. Everything from the lighting, to the attention to detail in the fairies home-world, to even the water is all consistently beautiful and a feast for the eyes. Even the character animation has improved. Now granted you still have to get past the less impressive designs, but as far as the way the characters are animated,it’s probably the best the series has ever seen.

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The characters are a mixed bag. Tinker Bell herself is surprisingly not given as much focus here as before. I’m still not sure why they’ve given her a inventor-like personality. I get that she has the word “Tinker” in her name, but did she ever “Tinker” with anything before this in any other adaptation? Not that I can recall. I guess they want to give her some more personality before she turns into the..to put it kindly..rude and snarky fairy that we all know and love from the original Disney films. Her and the other fairies seem all too reduced to a supporting cast when compared to the new characters, and are simply not given any development beyond the fact that they all get their powers switched. Ultimately, the best character in the film is the Pirate Fairy herself, Zarina. What makes her interesting is in some ways she’s the complete opposite of what Tinker-Bell was in the first movie,yet eerily similar. She’s curious, but not stupid. Just ambitious. When things fall apart around her, she’s quick to leave her home only to come back a year later to steal something that her family holds dear, all to please her newfound Pirate crew. Without giving too much away, there does come a point in the film where she becomes less interesting, and it does feel sudden and yes, it does bring the film down quite a bit.

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The humans fair much better. A great character is James Hook, voiced by Tom Hiddleston. Tom NAILS it as the young and naive soon-to-be arch nemesis of Peter Pan. This is a very different Hook then what we are used to. like the other characters he does suffer from having a rather mediocre design, but aside from that, this Hook comes off as an incredibly unique and fresh take on the character. We are truly witness the birth of one of the most iconic disney villains ever, and seeing him put on the classic Captain Hook outfit is just as satisfying as you hope it would be. The rest of the pirates are also fun, and have distinct personalities that, while they are new characters, are very reminiscent of the classic crew that Hook sails with in the Disney classic. There are a few other classic characters that make appearances, and they are all adorable and fit into the film nicely, even if a few of the characters only show up for brief cameos. (Hint: Stay through the credits).

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The story itself is nothing to write home about. For the risk of spoilers I won’t give it away, but I personally found many of the “Twists” rather predictable. Not too much character development is given to anyone save for Hook and Zarina. there is one musical number in the film that feels out of place. not because it’s bad per-say, but because there are no other songs in the movie. It just comes off as sort of awkward and unnecessary. That being said, it was great to hear Captain hook sing, and like I stated before, it’s not a bad song, just an oddly placed one. The rest of the score is surprisingly very good. The music in the last few Tinker Bell movies that i’ve seen have never really impressed me, but I can actually recall a few good melodies and memorable tunes from this one. It’s not the greatest score i’ve heard, but it gets the job done in a fashionable way.

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The Pirate Fairy gets some things right. It gives us a few interesting side characters and some incredible visuals. But overall, the film falls flat thanks to a fairly uninteresting story and some equally uninteresting main characters. The stuff that it does well it does very well, but It didn’t quite win me over like I was hoping it would. If you have kids that already love this franchise, then it’s harmless enough, and they will probably love it. Otherwise, it’s a fairly weak entry in the series. Not a complete waste, but not the best the series has to offer.