The Garden Filled With Weeds

Movie Reviews, ACG and Cosplay Discussion, or just any rambling topics that come to my mind.

[Movie Review] Frozen December 26, 2013


IMDB – 8.1

Rotten Tomatoes – 89% [Certified Fresh]

Metacritic – 43%

My Rating – 7/10

I’m gonna be honest with you guys… I didn’t love it.

I liked it, it’s a fun Christmas/Thanksgiving/winter season movie, but I gotta say, I expected a lot more than what they had given me.

You see, sometimes expectations play a big role in how much you end up actually liking a movie.

I walked into the theatre with the expectation of Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph, two of Disney’s latest successful 3D animated movie.

However the movie lacked the depth I was looking for, and thus I couldn’t bring myself to love it.

But I’m still gonna be fair and look at it as a movie itself, rather than as a Disney package.

First of all, the animation is gorgeous.

They knew they had the potential to make this movie visually stunning, and they made full use of it.

I particularly liked the design of Elsa’s ice castle, and how the color scheme inside the castle changed along with her mood, it’s subtle, but I appreciate the effort.

The characters in this movie… I’ll be frank, I didn’t like Anna during the first one third of this movie, I found her really annoying.

I’m thinking it might be done on purpose, that they wanted to portray her as the annoying younger sister who you both love and hate, if that’s the case, it’s actually done well.

On the other hand, Elsa was presented as the mature older sister, who is always given the responsibility to take care of the younger sibling, becoming selfless.

This aspect is actually pretty clever, I don’t have a sibling, but I feel that people with siblings, and have this silent rivalry or role positioning casted by their parents, would relate really well to the two sisters in the movie.

But my favorite has to be Olaf, I don’t care how people kept thinking he’s an annoying comic relief character, I love him, I really do.

He is the best comic relief character I’ve seen for a really long time, he has all the best lines in this movie, he is caring, you can kick him around and he won’t get angry.

I actually felt the most protective of him because I was worried they’d let him melt away, because of what they did to the comic relief character in Princess and the Frog.

As for the two male characters, they’re pretty lacking in terms of depth, however it’s pretty understandable considering that the focus of this movie is still mainly on the two sisters.

But they definitely could’ve been given more characteristics that make them more memorable, the evidence of that is the fact that I can’t even remember their names at this point of time.

The musical aspect of it felt amateur, I only remember half of the songs, and only 2-3 of them really clicked with me.

One being the opening sequence, the song that perfectly set the mood and background.

Another is ‘Let It Go’, but I’d give credits to Idina Menzel, she’s one of the main reason why I was so eager to step into the theatre to see this movie.

The other one is Olaf’s song, it wasn’t particularly memorable, but I just really liked it, it’s one of the few songs in this movie I didn’t cringe at the awkward timing or childish lyrics.

I have heard people mentioning that the sound track includes several other songs that were cut from the movie, and actually presents more depth, like Elsa and Anna confronting each other having conflict because Anna ask Elsa to put back the gloves, and Anna singing about feeling like she’s less important because her sister is the queen.

I haven’t heard them, but I’d definitely hear it one day, because those two scene might have actually made me love this movie.

The pacing of this movie feels a little bit rushed, that this huge conflict between the sisters that had existed and grew for more than 10 years, is suddenly resolved in just one day.

Part of me really wanted to see Elsa being wild with her powers for a longer time, the misunderstanding towards her would have been more serious and harder to deal with, she would have to do something even more epic to redeem herself.

In conclusion, this movie had the potential to be a classic, but they chose the family-friendly route instead.

It is a pretty decent film for the entire family to enjoy, but not exactly something I’d die to make my kids watch in the future.

For those of you who really loved the film, don’t get angry at me, you know what, I’m envious of you.

I was really really excited to see this movie, you have no idea how much I was looking forward to it.

It’s not fun to not love a movie you’ve been this excited to see, I really wish I did love it, I wish I saw the magic you see in it, I really really want to love it.

But there’s just something that is missing, something I was hoping it’s there, but it’s not, and I’m disappointed, and so I start to see the flaw in it.

I actually do hope they make a sequel, and introduce new threats to this world they had build, maybe a villain with fire power?

 

[Movie Review] Arthur Christmas – Do you believe in Santa? December 23, 2011


So my friend just randomly invited me to watch this movie with her, and it was quite a while ago, so I can’t remember everything as clearly.

But here is a review, I think this movie is actually worth a review, recommended for everyone in the family.

Fun fact, before the movie start they showed a video of Justin Bieber singing “Santa Claus is coming to town”, I almost went out of the theatre when that happened.

Ratings –
IMDB – 7.2/10
Rotten Tomato-92% fresh
My own rating that’s a little too high at times-8

Trailer – 

Gwen, who is sending a letter to Santa

Do you believe in Santa?

I once did, then my mom asked me a pretty innocent question, “You still believe in Santa?”

Then my dream died.

However in this movie, they’re giving out a message to everyone, perhaps all the kids who still believe in the magic, to not lose faith in this obese man dressed in red climbing down your chimney.

So the story follows the same old routine, an ordinary guy, who is probably labelled as ‘useless’, having a little special thing in him that no one discovered.

Yep that's him

He is Arthur, the son of the current Santa Claus, and his job is just to read and reply all the mails sent in by children for Santa.

Perhaps that’s what made that special part inside him alive, reading all the innocent letters sent in by the children around the world made him believe in what’s right about being Santa.

All those wonderful elves that seems more like secret agent than elves.

The movie displayed a very different perspective of Santa, such as the high-tech spaceship that travels at extremely fast speed(can’t remember the specific speed), and deliver presents to all the children in the world with the help of elves that should probably work as secret agents instead of giving presents.

The present that was left out

Then a child was left out due to a mistake, the part of this movie that brought up the question – does one single child really matters?

The answer the movie gave is, yes, of course it matters.

The reality side of this movie is perhaps Arthur’s exceptionally capable brother, who made the entire delivery process during christmas high-tech, and determined to become the next Santa Claus, also, Santa Claus himself, who lost his passion for being Santa, and fell asleep without any problem despite knowing a child was left out, then the father of Santa, who was also the former Santa, who only wanted to show his grandson that he is still capable of being Santa.

It showed the ugly side of people who only want to become something for that certain title, like someone who wants to be a doctor but doesn’t have the determination to heal and cure people from their illness.

The movie is filled with passion, at a good pace, the climax of the movie had a lot of action packed, with Arthur, his grandfather, a gift wrapping elf, and a few reindeer pulling a sleigh named Eve across the sky with the help of magic dust.

Just to deliver that one present to Gwen, the child that shouldn’t be left out by Santa,

At the end of the movie, like all animation for everyone in the family, Santa himself, his father and Arthur’s brother Steve saw that bright smile on Arthur’s face when Gwen opened her present, and agreed that Arthur is the person who should become Santa, in order to bring joy to every child in the world.

Why is this movie worth watching?

It’s one of those movie that keeps your dream, your hope for humanity and the world alive.

It tells a story about a useless guy who has a wonderful good intention becoming a respectable figure who bring happiness to everyone.

Despite being slightly predictable and cliché, unlike most Disney movies filled with unique surprises and deeper messages, it’s worth watching simply for the fact it’s a movie that NEEDS to be watched during the festive season to get the atmosphere alive.

You might say those who still believes in Santa are naïve, but admit it, you wish you’re still naïve, and someone makes that effort to keep your dream alive.

‘Cause admit it, having a dream really does feel magical.

Now for my random rant about movies LOL

The next movie I want to watch is We Bought A Zoo, I can’t seem to resist movies based on true stories, like The Blind Side, and I love animals, I really do, so I suppose I’m going to like a story about a group of people trying to keep a zoo alive in order to save the animals.

I’m not sure is New Year’s Eve worth watching, it seems like one of those movie they invite a long list of celebrities just to make sure there are people who actually watch it. Which reminds me, Valentine’s Day kinda sucked.

Oh well that’s all, I’m sorry I haven’t been updating, I’ll try to update more often~ Next post should either be The Muppets review, or EOY review, or maybe, just maybe, a year review.

Yep, both reviews, have a good day. 8D

 

 
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