Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about the films I watched in January and February, of which there weren’t many, very likely because I spent a LOT of time binging Gilmore Girls. Onto the post!
Ferdinand– this is an animation about a bull who want to escape his fate of bullfighting. Sadly, though this is an interesting premise, the film was a bit of a let down overall. First of all, I know this isn’t supposed to be a serious film, but I think if you choose to make a film about bullfighting (and have several scenes with It!!) Then you need to make it a bit clearer that it’s a horrendous practise. This film didn’t really do that and it made me feel pretty uncomfortable to be honest, especially since a lot of children will watch that. Other than that moral issue, I think this also has some pretty big problems as a film. There are plot holes, the pacing is pretty weird and the vast majority of side characters couldn’t feel more like rip offs of classic animation characters if you’d actually set out to make them that way (the blatant Dory attempt that was the goat particularly enraged me, because it was nowhere near as wonderful as Dory…) However, I did like a few things about it, namely the way it challenges gender stereotypes and some scenes (mostly the flower ones) were BEAUTIFUL- the colours were so vibrant.
Crazy Rich Asians– this is a rom-com about a couple returning to the man’s home in China for a wedding, and his girlfriend having to meet his very rich and very eccentric family. It wasn’t quite as funny for me as I’d hoped it would be, but I did still enjoy it quite a bit. I really liked the main couple as individuals and together, I found the concept super interesting as you don’t often see romcoms about already established couples navigating something within their relationship and the setting was so beautiful. The wedding scene made me cry too, mostly because it featured one of My favourite songs. My only other slight criticism was that the plot felt quite disjointed in places- it didn’t feel linear somehow.
Toy Story– this was a Disney buddy watch with Louise, and seeing it again only made me love it more. I’m pretty sure everyone knows what it’s about, but if you don’t it’s the story of Woody and Buzz- rival toys- as they are separated from their owner Andy and need to find their way home. It’s every inch a classic. The characters are so well drawn and interesting, the concept is as genius as everything Pixar puts out and I laughed and cried in equal measure as I watched it again. The theme tune is just beautiful and sums the film up perfectly as well.
What films have you watched in 2019 so far, and would you recommend them? What are your thoughts on the ones I’ve mentioned? I’d love to hear in the comments!