The Princess and the Frog (2009) Dir. Ron Clements
This is a stunningly beautiful, wonderfully written film that encapsulates everything that classic Disney movies are all about, then outdoes them all. It’s charming, funny, an absolute joy to watch and doesn’t treat it’s audience like idiots.
Though I haven’t seen ‘UP’ yet, this is th
e best animated film I’ve seen in years. Call me a softie, but there’s something just incredibly nice and good-hearted about ‘The Princess and the Frog’ that connected with me. The New Orleans setting has a great ambience, with warm colours bursting off the screen, and the jazz-themed musical numbers are the kind I think everyone can enjoy, toe-tapping and upbeat. This isn’t boring, schmaltzy Disney, this is intelligent, witty, Pixar-influenced Disney. Overall, this flick is a triumph of animation AND film making, that deserves a damn site more recognition.


The Wolfman (2010) Dir. Joe Johnston
The first 40 minutes of this are actually very cool. The macabre atmosphere and refreshingly brutal tone all work really well, and Anthony Hopkins is fantastic (the dude hams it up big time, making his character the best part of the film). It’s a shame then, that when we finally see Del Toro fully transformed it all goes down hill, rapidly. I think the problem is that the whole ‘wolfman / werewolf’ thing has been done so many times it can’t help but border on self-parody, and here they play it totally straight. Whenever Talbot howls it’s more ‘Teen Wolf’ than ‘Wolfman’. It’s just gets pretty naff to be honest, and by the end I just didn’t care anymore.

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