The LEGO Movie could have easily been a hundred minute commercial but, instead, becomes an ode to imagination and creativity. It manages to be a film, that has incredible substance, but also has the ability to get audiences to buy LEGO products. At times, frantic fun and, at other times, a heartfelt love letter to the LEGO brand itself. Part Toy Story and part South Park, The LEGO Movie perfectly encapsulates the spirit and fun of LEGO and why so many adults and children, alike, are in love with the brand.
The retelling of classic fairytales is what Disney does best. There was a period where they attempted to do away with that formula and create wholly original films such as Dinosaur, Treasure Planet, Home on the Range, Chicken Little, just to name a few. The problems with those films was that everything was dumbed down. Stories were forgetful, sense of heart and adventure was lost and most of all, no songs or the songs were forgetful.
Back in 09 Disney jumped back into the fairytale pool with The Princess and the Frog. Then moved onto Tangled, which was loosely based on the story of Rapunzel. Now they’re back with another loosely based retelling of Christian Anderson’s The Ice Queen with Frozen.
Let’s all be honest Tim Burton hasn’t made a great film in years. Somewhere along the way he forgot what made his classic films, like The Nightmare before Christmas and Edward Scissorhands, so great. That all changes with Frankenweenie. A film that will remind you, why you loved all those old Tim Burton films. He was always able to combine the weird with genuine heart. Films like Frankenweenie are rare these days, with Hollywood more concerned about shoving 3D, explosions and visual effects down our throats. Frankenweenie may use 3D but it has more than enough heart to make up for that mistake. Lets face it what movie doesn’t come in 3D now days.