Monday, March 21, 2016

Movie Watching 2016

I missed a couple of films that came out earlier this year, including Deadpool. Interstingly enough, the first two movies I saw in 2016 are animated films that feature anthropomorphic animals.


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This Disney movie is easily one of my favorite films in recent history. With its detective thriller storyline that features the ever-popular you-can-be-whatever-you-want-to-be motto, Zootopia sets itself apart from most other animated films with its themes of prejudice and discrimination. As if that wasn't enough, it shows how anyone can easily make judgments about others, even when they don't mean to and even if they have been victims of discrimination themselves. I'm not alone in my admiration of this film. It currently carries a 99% fresh rating in Rotten Tomatoes and many critics have called it one of Disney's best films. It is incredibly smart and well-written, the characters are very well-developed, the animation is top-notch and the imagery is stunning. Oh and its theme song Try Everything by Shakira is also really catchy. :) Zootopia is now one of my favorite animated films of all time and I can't wait to get my hands on the DVD when it gets released.

Kung Fu Panda 3

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Of all three Kung Fu Panda films, this is the one I enjoyed the least. SPOILER ALERT: stop reading here if you don't know to know more about the movie. The animation is still incredibly vibrant (there is that one scene where you can see each individual hairs on Po's and his dad's bodies and I was just thinking, wow, that must have been very complicated to animate). Watching it, I felt a bit underwhelmed. I thought the storytelling of Kung Fu Panda 3 could have been done a bit better. I mean, it wasn't clear how Po figured out how to master chi when in fact it was the rest of the panda community plus Po's adoptive dad and Tigress who actually discovered how to use chi save Po's life. Furthermore, whatever little storytelling the movie had felt a bit rushed. It's still entertaining to watch as it is visually stunning and it has a lot of laughs and fun moments but I do think that this movie is mainly for young kids.

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