The Incredibles: an immensely fun film. It all starts with the great story by director Brad Bird, which has recognizable elements but is also very fresh; it’s also rather layered. The sense of humor is low-key; it’s present in the dialogue, character design and in the frame, and much of it comes from references about culture in general, superheroes, Pixar itself. It’s extremely well-done, drawn in a clean, retro style that fits the story being told; the character design is […]
Brave: nice little story, with a meaningful theme. Visually, it’s a beauty to behold, both in character design and in world design. If there is a weakness in the storytelling, it’s in the humorous moments; not because they are bad, but because they don’t fit the whole as well.
Cars 2: once more, Pixar is dazzling with the visual creativity, with an expansion of the world seen in the original. As far as story goes, this is certainly more to the light side for their recent standards; also, thematically, it doesn’t feel right at home with what they did in Cars. That would be the main weakness in a very fun movie. (But still, incidentally, one lap ahead of both DWA and BlueSky).
Cars: there are many great qualities to this film, not the least of them the heartfelt earnestness of the story (which is sorely missing from many of the recent films from DWA and BlueSky). The visual creativity is also sky high, particularly in the care for the background. And, of course, the genius casting of Paul Newman. (The discussion if this is the worst Pixar to date is immaterial. But I’m a assumed fan.)
Toy Story 3: whatever I said before stands. Still the best movie of 2010, upon a review. It hits the same notes, packs the same emotional punch and the characters remain as rich as they felt the first time. I don’t think there is bigger compliment than saying I was breaking down all over again at the end. See what I wrote before: Toy Story 3
Toy Story & Toy Story 2: seeing them together for the first time in many years. They remain great fun, and still resonate with me, thematically. And indeed, the way the arch is completed in Toy Story 3 makes me believe that this is one of the greatest trilogies of all time.