I'll start this off by saying that I believe this is Disney's masterpiece. Snow White kicked it off in terms of feature-length films and Pinocchio refined the consistency of character, plot, and artistry throughout a narrative, but Fantasia truly is the best of the three. The film is daring, experimental, beautiful, scary, moving, and above all, it is a work of art. This, in my opinion, is the apex of Walt Disney's career in producing animation. He had other highs…
What can be said about this film that hasn't been already? In my opinion, this is about as close to perfect as filmmaking can get, from the screenplay, in which there are so many "payoffs" from the first half to the second, to the fabulous score by Alan Silvestri, to the great performances across the board. Michael J Fox was never more fun, watchable, and charismatic. Crispin Glover was put to great use in this film and was sadly never…
Exhilarating race cinematography and compelling performances by Daniel Bruhl and Chris Hemsworth elevate a patchy screenplay in desperate need of stronger characterization and removal of standard biopic/sports drama cliches. The subpar and uninteresting score by Hans Zimmer is a disappointment, as a stronger musical presence could have aided the film’s tone, while also giving it more dramatic weight.
Still Ron Howard’s best film since A Beautiful Mind.
A superb exercise in anxiety and the excitement of playing the game, whether it be gambling, basketball, love, or jewelry sales. The ending of the film was inevitable and predictable, but didn’t feel lazy or inappropriate to the story the filmmakers had created so far.
An obvious and non-controversial observation, but this is certainly the best performance of Adam Sandler’s career.
When I was a kid, this was one of the first movies in which I realized the brilliance of the filmmaking, from writing to directing, in a film that on the surface seems like a standard studio comedy from the early 90s. I absolutely adore this film and am always glad that it finally gets the recognition it deserves from audiences of all kinds.
Watch it. Watch it again. Watch it again. Watch it again.
Pete Docter has always been my second favorite of the Pixar directors, after Brad Bird, and he did not disappoint here.
In many of the studio’s films, the humor of the supporting characters undermines the profundity of the cinematic poetry that the filmmaker had been trying to create in establishing the world, the story, and the themes. This was, for me, what prevented Inside Out and Up, just to name two of Docter’s other films, from being truly great.