Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Film Forensics

I was thinking of doing reviews of DVD's I've watched recently. I don't know which one out of : "Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper", "Rugrats go Wild", One of the "Great Valley" series of ten videos of dinosaur adventures, "Justice league" animated series, "Lion King" I, II, and III, "Buzz Lightyear", "Rugrats in Paris". I'm thinking the Barbie one, it is a great musical, and have changed the original fairytale enough and not make it too soppy - It also has an excellent Karaoke feature with all the songs (a great "Villain's song" included). One can also watch it dubbed in German or Dutch (the kids actually watched the whole movie like that!)

any takers??

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would be delighted if you were to write film forensics reviews! Of course, I'd prefer reviews of films that are as popular as possible, as the fim forensics readers are a subset of a subset at best (those who have seen the movie, and like reading about movies that they have seen). So my vote would be for The Lion King. But if your muse inspires you to write about Barbie, I would be pleased to receive your review.

Andrew.

Marco said...

I Kind of was joking about doing a full film review, more that the only movies I watch tend to be the kids ones! However I will do a quick rundown on my thoughts of Lion King.

Lion King 1

Although I view this movie to be a typical Disney kids animated movie, and not really a "serious" movie, its sheer general popularity make it a movie that people house-sitting for you would want to watch it, if you only hadn't taken it in the car with you for the kids. Of course the completely unbelievable combination of a warthog and a meerkat, make for the humerous, relaxed interlude of "no worries" which the kids tend to gloss over as boring - in between the Violent plot to take over a throne, and the just as violent return of the rightful king to reclaim it and save the kingdom. Of course this wouldn't be a kids movie if the hero's father didn't have an agonising death sequence early on in the movie. Felicia (5) would certainly pick "the one where Mufasa dies" as her favourite of the three Lion King Movies. The obvious educational aspect would be of the circle of life, and that good leadership counts for a lot both in a family and for a country. I kind of think that the "good vs evil" is a bit over done in films, and I would have loved to see the hint of Scar having a good side to him. Not only does he disregard life in his plans for power. He extends to not having a single good intention shown in the whole movie. Even for the Hyena's. All in all, its got some nice violent bits for the kids, and some great comedy for the adults - therefore making it one of the only DVD's we have which visitors lust for. "Hakuna Matata" - "Its our Motto" - What's 'a motto - why nothing, what's 'a matto with you??