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…
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…
This has a more cohesive and interesting plot, as well as far more comedic moments, than its predecessor. The Clay Calloway storyline was handled with Pixar-level grace and taste.
Overall, the only element I really didn’t care for when compared to the first film was the song selection.
Buster Moon is one of the greatest animated characters. His positive energy and wonderfully old-fashioned showmanship is delightful.
This had a great opening, with clever narration and many fun ideas, but then I found the rest of this to be pretty dull. Judy Holliday was more annoying than cute ad, though I respect his tremendous vocal talent, Dean Martin’s film performances have never impressed me.
The film is redeemed slightly by its other qualities, such as the widescreen cinematography and a few of the musical numbers.
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.
Despite trying to cover far too much of Elvis’ life and its completely out-of-place inclusion of occasional hip-hop music (a neat idea in The Great Gatsby, but completely wrong here in a movie about music), this is a compelling portrait of one of the most iconic figures of 20th century pop culture. The first 75% of the film is so uncritical of Elvis that it borders on hagiography, but then suddenly shifts, a bit clumsily, in the third act to make us…