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Friday, September 4, 2015

Big Hero 6 by Chris Williams and Don Hall, 2015 (PG)

with Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, Maya Rudolph, Stan Lee

In this animated adventure, genius robotics engineer Hiro Hamada finds himself enmeshed in a nefarious scheme to wipe out the city of San Fransokyo. Accompanied by his robot best friend, Hero joins a ragtag team intent on saving the City by the Bay.

What to watch in a plane... Big Hero 6? I recommend. Specially if you have a 3 years old sitting next to you, and then followed by "Sound of Music" because it has to be PG. So, here we go, this is another of these lovely story where there is a cute little character completely unreal getting into your heart, just like Nemo (talking fish), Buzz Lightyear (talking toy, many of them actually), Mater (taking car), Wall-e (Talking or not Garbage compacter), Eva (Not even talking egg), talking rats, talking ants, talking monsters, and a couple of normal talking people like Brave or the Incredibles. In other words, I really like absurd sense of logic and way of telling story in a far more straightforward way that Disney used to do. Of course, the story of Big Hero 6 doesn't go very far, and everything is happy ever after, but in an era where robotic can lead us in very unexpected directions, the Stargate aside (WTF?!?), it definitely pin-points the tendencies of technology, somewhere between the absolute entertainment, and perhaps the betterness of our lives. Something that children might need a story about, more than the Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella.

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The Sound of Music by Robert Wise, 1965 (G)

with Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood, Charmian Carr, Nicholas Hammond, Heather Menzies-Urich, Duane Chase, Angela Cartwright, Debbie Turner, Kym Karath

A tuneful, heartwarming story, it is based on the real life story of the Von Trapp Family singers, one of the world's best-known concert groups in the era immediately preceding World War II. Julie Andrews plays the role of Maria, the tomboyish postulant at an Austrian abbey who becomes a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain with seven children, and brings a new love of life and music into the home.

Oh what a delight... And finally, after 32 years (yes...), I finally saw it. And "Edelweiss" finally was put into place (so many reference throughout the years I have missed :).
And I don't even mention "These are a few of my favorite things" line that somehow the next day, a friend was posting on facebook in regards to, well, some of her favorite things.
The story is of course very cute and naive (read right after the discrepancies that the movie has with the real life of the Von Trapp), and the love dynamics between the Captain and Maria are well, not really a very feminist view, but the songs and Julie Andrews are so pretty, and lovely, and refreshing.
The parallels between Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music are quite interesting, which quite explains why it has been hard to see Julie Andrews as anything else but a beautiful and perfect young nanny. But who cares, this movie is a fresh breathe in this movie making factory of Hollywood that these days fails to care about good stories and still make us laugh. So much drama, or in the comedy genre, so much stupidity. No wonder why it is still to this day the most watched movie in history.

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