While My Father’s Dragon might not be up to par with some of Cartoon Saloon’s other films such as Breadwinner, Song Of The Sea or Wolfwalkers. There is still the imagination and charm here that was present in the other movies. Despite being based on the 1948 children’s book of the same name, there is still tons of imagination here mostly through the animation that really gives a lot of scenes a chance to pop out to the viewer. Jacob Tremblay and Gaten Matarazzo are both very solid here and give plenty of strong moments that really make the film stand, the friendship between Elmer (Tremblay) and Boris The Dragon (Matarazzo) is genuinely sweet even when they fully like each other at first. The main criticism mostly stems from the other characters and the third act, the other characters don’t really get a whole lot to do unfortunately. There was some interesting parts with the mother that I thought the movie was going to elaborate on but unfortunately never got around doing that. The rest of the characters are just kind of there for the purpose to move the story forward, the third act goes exactly how you would expect it to and really doesn’t offer anything that hasn’t been done many times before. But luckily the charm is still there and as I said before the imagination is still creative, there’s plenty of cute moments that kids will definitely love.
Batman and Superman: Battle Of The Super Sons is the sixth installment of the Tomorrowverse, this one is pretty straightforward, it focuses on the sons of Batman and Superman Johnathan Kent and Damian Wayne. As far as characters go this one does a fine enough job, the father and son bond of Clark and Johnathan is genuinely really sweet and makes for some corny yet genuinely funny humor. So at the very least the movie has heart, where it lacks is mostly an interesting villain and story wise. The villain is Starro the conqueror which I do like the concept of but it’s just another “people are brainwashed” type scenario. The voice cast are quite great as well, Laura Bailey and Jack Dylan Grazer being the standouts who add quite a lot to their characters. Story wise this is again very straightforward which isn’t necessarily bad it just does a lot what you expect it to, it plays out like how a Saturday morning action cartoon show would. However the team up of Damien and Johnathan is genuinely charming and a lot of fun, which by far makes this movie worth a watch.
Batman and Superman: Battle Of The Super Sons releases on VOD Platforms October 18th
If there’s a best time to be a Dragon Ball fan it’s right now because they truly knocked it out of the park once again. I’ve said before how Dragon Ball is one of the main franchises I grew up and still love it to this day and the franchise has continued to grow over the years. Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero focuses on Gohan and Piccolo two characters that definitely needed a lot more spotlight after Dragon Ball Super and this movie just reminds me of why they are such great characters, they get a ton more development as well and with Piccolo’s development there’s some very interesting callbacks to the series that the franchise itself hasn’t really touched. Those said callbacks work truly well here and are put into the story in very creative ways, in fact there’s a whole lot here that is reintroduced to new audiences that works well, Goku and Vegeta take the backseat for this movie which is perfectly fine and for the scenes they are given they are quite great. Of course Beerus and Whis offer some great comedy as usual even if they aren’t in the film for very long, they are still some of the best characters in the franchise. The villains and new characters are pretty actually pretty solid, yes the whole Red Ribbon Army plot is used again the movie manages to make it fresh and quite interesting. Magenta is pretty fun although he might just be Commander Red with a different name he’s definitely not a bad villain at all, Dr. Hedo, Gamma #1 and Gamma #2 are some of the best parts of the film, they are truly entertaining characters with a solid backstory and have a couple genuinely powerful scenes. The animation does take a bit of time to get used to as it is a completely different style from the last movie, the animation is at it’s best during the fight scenes where there are some truly excellent moments (won’t spoil any), the main criticism mostly comes from Cell Max while I understand what they were trying to go for Cell Max just doesn’t have any character to him at all, it’s mostly a giant beast who roars and that’s about it. However that does not take away from the beautiful fight scenes and fantastic moments during the battle (again won’t spoil those here) lastly there’s the overall entertainment factor combined with the nostalgia feel to the film. The Dragon Ball Franchise has come a very long way and it truly shows here, it really reminds you of what makes this franchise so incredible in the first place. It captures everything the action, the humor, the flashbacks, the range of characters. Absolutely everything and it’s all worth it!!
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is playing in theaters.
Charlotte definitely has the right ingredients to b a really strong movie, there’s just many parts about it that hold it back from doing so. The voice acting is quite great particularly Keira Knightly who really tries the best she can with the script she’s given, the story itself is interesting and tells the true story of German-Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon during World War II. The film itself is quite dark particularly the ending which is very sad and is very effective, there’s footage at the end of a small interview of Salomon’s parents it’s incredibly touching and quite powerful as well. The problems with the movie are the script being way too weak and the animation, the animation isn’t something I would call terrible. But it really doesn’t capture the life of Charlotte Salomon and what she was going through very well, the script lacked powerful moments which is something a film like this needs. There’s the ending yes but a lot of the movie’s script was very undercooked and was very rushed as well. Charlotte isn’t a bad movie just one that could have went a lot deeper than it did.
Luck is one of those unfortunate cases where the movie has a really interesting premise going on it’s just the presentation and writing that completely holds it back. The movie has a lot of Pixar inspirations (mainly due to John Lasseter being one of the producers) what the movie does get right is the voice cast and some of the animation is charming as well. It might not be anything extra special but there are some charming bits about it, keyword being some because the animation at times felt like it needed a bit of extra time to complete which is a bit baffling to see. The writing starts to fall apart quite quickly a lot of the movie is spent on a very uninteresting fetch quest that every once and awhile has a few nice moments between the main characters Sam (Eva Noblezada) and Bob (Simon Pegg) the rest of the movie attempts to try some world building completely forgets to make it compelling or interesting. The Land Of Luck comes off as just another world with a few beautiful and charming shots of animation to it, the writing unfortunately doesn’t go much deeper than “this is the land of luck where bad luck can’t enter otherwise it will be ruined” it’s a shame because there’s potential for really great idea’s here but it’s very clear this movie needed a rewrite as it felt very incomplete.
This is one of these scenarios where the production history of a movie is far more interesting than the movie itself. Because when you get down to it Paws Of Fury: The Legend Of Hank is basically Blazing Saddles for kids and with cats and dogs, to sum up the history of this movie it was originally supposed to release all the way back in April 14th 2017. The major reason why it was delayed so many times was changes in the distributors, Nickelodeon Movies was eventually the one who released it and here we are today. The movie itself as I said before is basically Blazing Saddles, the only thing that makes this movie at least tolerable is the cast Samuel L. Jackson is decent despite some really bad jokes he’s given, Ricky Gervais as the villain is actually not terrible, Michelle Yeoh is also fine enough (although she doesn’t get a whole lot to do) and Mel Brooks is always nice to see as well. Everything else falls under the “typical bad animated movie” category, very outdated jokes (there’s a Gangnam Style joke in here) and animation that really gives the vibe of $5 Walmart bin. There’s also some fourth wall breaking jokes that are just not funny there’s even one where one character talks about the running time, overall Paws Of Fury: The Legend Of Hank is terrible and just does not have a whole lot to it.
Paws Of Fury: The Legend Of Hank is available on all VOD Platforms.
If you are going to bring back certain characters such as Beavis and Butt-Head into the modern setting this is absolutely the way to do it. Beavis and Butt-Head Do The Universe is exactly what you would expect and in a good way, the humor, style and feel of the series is still here in all of it’s glory. The movie focuses on certain types of humor such as some Sci-Fi humor and politic humor however it doesn’t take away from the humor we all expect from Beavis and Butt-Head. It’s such a creative and strong balance one doesn’t feel like it’s being completely shoved aside, the film also understands what made the series so great and in fact makes that known in the film, with tons of clever humor while making sure the characters just as enjoyable as they were In the series. Beavis and Butt-Head do the universe is such a treat and an absolute blast, definitely check this one out!!
Beavis And Butt-Head Do The Universe is available on Paramount+
Belle is simply put one of the most beautiful films I’ve seen this year both visually and metaphorically, It’s a wonderful coming of age story that takes some Beauty and The Beast elements and executes them in a unique way, the voice acting is truly fantastic especially when combined with the engaging writing that really highlights how masterfully written the characters are. Suzy in particular feels incredibly relatable her journey in the film not only tries to discover who the “beast” is but who she is as a person, the film is also a wonderful piece showing how beautiful the internet can be when ignoring the bad parts about it. This is mostly shown from Suzy’s story and the animation speaking of which the animation is absolute perfection, it helps tell the story both visually and metaphorically. The music is truly wonderful as well that captures a range of emotions that compliments the whole film wonderfully. Belle as a film also understands how beautiful and actually necessary the internet and social media is, how we can help others (which is shown by Belle wanting to help “the beast”) and help heal us as well. Overall Belle is truly a meaningful film that really makes you cry tears of joy, this is a film that has so much charm and love put into it that you just can’t help but smile and cheer. This is a film I absolutely recommend checking out!
Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Childhood is a prime example of investing and beautiful storytelling, the film is about a man narrating stories of his life when he was 10 years old living in 1969 Houston and talks about how nostalgic he was and his journey to land on the moon. Right off the bat the animation is quite beautiful it has this style to it that strangely feels nostalgic which is a huge theme of the film, so it matches quite perfectly here. The film is a coming of age story that’s also a look at the daily lives of the people living in Houston during the time, this is a type of element that I absolutely love when films do and this is no exception. The film gives the characters a very grounded feel that’s probably due to the film actually being loosely based on the childhood of Richard Linklater (the film’s director, writer and producer.) which I found just absolutely fascinating, what of the strongest parts about the film is Jack Black’s narration especially combined with the nostalgia feel, I was not expecting to feel so relaxed by this film but the narration did just that. It’s the type of narration where you could sit and listen to it for hours on end and never get sick of it, the narration feels like you are actually having a conversation with adult Stanley and he’s sharing his experiences with you. Lastly there’s Richard Linklater’s direction and writing which is the cherry on top, it’s truly some of the most grounded and beautifully done writing so far this year, it really blends all of the film’s elements together to create something absolutely spectacular. It captures the feel of the time of the moon landing and it captures time passing in general, it’s truly well done film from beginning to end!
Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood is available on Netflix!
What can I possibly say here? The Ice Age series should have ended after the third movie, after that the movies started getting worse and worse. Adventures Of Buck Wild feels like an extended TV episode of a Saturday morning cartoon, there’s some good moments in this movie the problem is a majority of them are at the beginning which afterwards the movie takes a complete nosedive. Out of all the characters to give a spin-off film why on earth did they pick the two most annoying and uninteresting characters Eddie and Crash? At least Buck was somewhat interesting and I actually liked him quite a lot in Dawn Of The Dinosaurs, so I didn’t mind him here. It’s just a shame he has to share the movie with Eddie and Crash, this movie is truly the definition of lazy. The only reason why Disney continued the Ice Age series was because of money and that completely shows here, say what you will about the last two sequels at least there were some sort of effort put into them. They just happened to be terrible movies, with this movie it feels like it’s only purpose is to make money. Overall Ice Age: Adventures Of Buck Wild is horrible, it’s a pointless and horribly dull entree into an already tired series that did not need to continue.
The Ice Age: Adventures Of Buck Wild is available on Disney+