Concept art and final frame - Kristoff and Sven.
Men I Wish Existed Fave Concept Art:Kristoff
I guess every lonely girl would hope she’s a princess.
Men I Wish Existed Fave Moments: Dimitri
The cold never bothered me anyway
Men I Wish Existed Crossover (that I totally ship) of the Day: Jack Frost and Elsa
Trailers and tv spots exist to get an audience excited about movies. Sometime (maybe even often), trailers and promos are better than the movies they promote. Frozen had the opposite problem: I wanted to see it because it’s a Disney animated feature but I wasn’t excited about it at all. It looked cheesy, the plot looked thin, and that snowman, ugh, that snowman! Honestly if my friend hadn’t invited me to a showing last night I would have been content waiting for a rental.
I could get into a whole long thing about why it’s disappointing Disney promoted this movie the way they did (don’t show that there are musical numbers, or that the two main characters are girls, that’ll alienate boys! or whatever) but I’d rather just focus why it’s a good movie. *I’ll do my best to keep the comment general but still, possible spoilers ahead*
*The movie is about sisters: despite what the tv spots show, this movie is centered around Elsa and Anna and the struggles their relationship faces.
*Elsa: actually a main character and actually has a very powerful story arc. You barely see Elsa in the promos and when you do she comes across as “the bad guy” but her story is all about learning to accept yourself and I’m getting a bit emotional just writing about it, gah!
*Anna: Anna is very cute and genuinely funny. I’ll admit personality wise she similar to Rapunzel (though a bit less naive about the world) but I do enjoy how she grows and matures during the movie.
*Turning tropes on their head: I mean, they don’t go completely outside the Disney Princess box but there are a couple surprises. Like Anna and Hans’ story arc, and the “act of true love” parts get set up like typical tropes but then work out a bit different than expected.
*Gorgeous Animation: Elsa’s ice palace is amazing, and the snowy landscapes are impressive.
*Music: It’s not quite to the level of the 90s Disney Movies*, but the songs are sweet and fun and catchy. The opening number is pretty awesome. “Do you wanna build a snowman” sneaks up and smacks you right in the feels. “Let it Go” is also great. (sidenote: have you ever stopped to think about how good the music is in 90s Disney movies, holy crap, they’re all amazing)
*Trolls!: Did you know there are trolls in this movie? And they’re adorable? And there’s this whole thing about family and belonging that involves the trolls?
*Olaf: Hey, trust me, I was on the Olaf-hate-train with everyone else, and I almost groaned when he appears in the movie, but there is actually significance to his character and although his lines are annoying when said one right after the other, in the context of the film it’s funny and I found myself kinda liking him by the end. At the very least he’s not in the movie so much that he impedes it.
*The Guys: This is “Men I Wish Existed” so I gotta talk about the boys. Hans is obviously a babe and very charming, and Kristoff is the cutest and definitely fast-tracked to become an official “Man I Wish Existed”.
*Sven the reindeer: also the cutest, and the way he and Kristoff interact is so great.
So there you go, don’t trust the promos: Frozen is a beautifully animated flick and about family and sisterhood and the wonderful things that can happen when you learn to accept yourself. Go see it!
Frozen: lame ad campaign, good movie.
(as you can see, the guys are cute too)
Saw Catching Fire yesterday and I really enjoyed it. It’s grittier than the first movie and a very good adaption of the book. If you were not a huge fan of the 1st movie, give the second one a chance as it improves on the first in pretty much every area. Some thoughts I had:
(spoilers for Catching Fire and very minor spoilers for Mockingjay)
*Catching Fire definitely captures the dystopia of the books better than the Hunger Games: it’s dirtier, more bleak, more violent. The world of Panam feels much bigger than the first (a budget twice the size certainly doesn’t hurt)
*I’m so happy about the Buttercup recast, it’s the details sometimes.
*Jennifer Lawrence’s acting is nothing short of witchcraft. The last shot of the movie is perfect.
*I thought the scene at the beginning when Katniss is hunting turkeys, shoots the bow, and then imagines Marvel (Rue’s killer who Katniss in turn shot in the first games) and has a breakdown was a good addition. In the books we’re often “told” about Katniss’ PTSD but not really “shown” it (since we are limited by the 1st person POV) so I thought this was a good way to show how Katniss and really all the victors are affected by their time in the arena.
*I wanted Gale to look a little more tired and weathered, he’s supposedly working 12hr shifts in the coal mines 6 days a week but his hair is still perfectly coifed in every scene. And I know time is limited but I still wish we could meet his mother and siblings even for a minute so the movie audience can get an idea why Gale is in favor of an uprising, because he’s watched his family practically starve for years under the capitol’s regime. Maybe with a little more of Gale’s back story he would feel less like the 3rd angle of a love triangle (which is kinda how he’s coming across now).
*All the “older” characters are stellar, but I want to give extra kudos to Elizabeth Banks for playing Effie, the epitome of the excess and shallowness of Capitol Culture, with such great depth. The look she gives Katniss at the reaping, ugh, right in the feels.
*Not to get too caught up in the “Team Peeta vs Team Gale” bs, but I will say, when reading the books I was all about Gale and kind of indifferent to Peeta but in the movies I love Peeta. The scene on the train when Katniss asks Peeta to stay with her and he whispers “Always”, gah!
*The quarter quell tributes were pretty much perfect. Johanna’s first scene in the elevator was great and provide some unexpected laughs. Mags, Beetee, Wiress, all so great.
*Sam Claflin I’M SORRY I EVER DOUBTED YOU. His characters in Snow White and POTC 4 may have been duds but his Finnick is excellent. He’s cocky with a smirky smile that you can’t quite trust, but underneath is certain vulnerability. In the interview with Caesar, while Finnick says a poetic, if not borderline cheesy, goodbye to his unspecified love, his face lose the smarmy grin and softens into a look of genuine sadness. MOCKINGJAY IS GONNA BE ROUGH Y’ALL.
*Probably the biggest improvement over the first film is the Arena. Again, the larger budget clearly helps as the special effects are far superior, the tributes get dirtier (and bloodier), and there’s no shaky cam giving you borderline motion sickness.
*Overall, a great installment, it changes the tone of the series and sets it up nicely for Mockingjay, which I am eagerly anticipating with equal parts excitement and dread, cuz like I said IT GONNA BE ROUGH AND IM NOT GONNA BE PREPARED.