Zootopia Movie Review

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Zootopia Movie Review – Released 2016

  • IMDB – 8.3 | Rotten Tomatoes – 98%
  • Rated PG
  • 108 minutes
  • Released – March 4th, 2016
  • Directed By: Byron Howard

Our Thoughts

Disney’s newest and amazing animated animal film is nothing short of a masterpiece. Zootopia begins with main characters Judy Hopps, a small town bunny with a dream to be a big city cop, and Nick Wilde, a clever con artist fox, as they become entangled in a missing animals case which Judy has only 48 hours to solve or she will be forced to resign and return her well-earned police badge.

There is much in Zootopia to talk about from the flawless plot to the amount of effort put into making the movie. As I watched the film I was completely entranced by the realness of the characters and their ability to have the audience forget they are even watching a movie.

As a crime fiction fan I’ve become rather immune to the usual twists and turns stories usually take but with Zootopia, the answer to the Judy’s case eluded me till the end.

Whats more impressive about the plot is the time it took for Zootopia to come to its full glory. The idea for another Disney animal movie began after Tangled was released in theaters in 2010. Disney spent two years alone studying animals to perfect the “anthropomorphic” movement of normally four legged creatures. If you don’t know what anthropomorphic means, be sure to check out the first trailer of Zootopia.

Disney has made leaps and bounds in animation quality since their last animated hit Frozen. They developed their own wind system within the animation to keep a constant action in all the plants and fur to bring that extra feel of realism. No animal or plant is stagnant in the animation compared to Frozen whose background characters and plant-life can be seen unmoving.
Plus their Hyperion light rendering systems, fancy words for the animations lighting effects, and new tools for fur development completely fixes Disney’s trouble with hair and fur animation. Elsa, in Frozen, had about 400,000 strands of hair. Judy stomps on that record with an amazing 2.5 billion hairs, each needing to be animated and behave exactly like real rabbit fur to create this fantastic bunny-cop.

Zootopia also has this incredible ability to show members of all audiences the goods and bads of our own society. Though Zootopia is suppose to represent a haven for all animals, Nick Wilde demonstrates how the animals, just like humans, are known to stereotype each other based on their DNA. Example: The fox stereotype in Zootopia is that all foxes are slick, cunning, and cruel. These traits that Nick Wilde lives up to because society has pushed him down when he tried otherwise, opposite of Judy who breaks through her bunny stereotyping.

Disney wasn’t afraid to tell the world that racism, violence, and even drugs are problems that we as people deal with and I applaud them for that. Because not only do they say the problems but they also show how easy the solutions can be by simply putting aside our differences and handling problems as a whole community.

In conclusion, I believe Zootopia to be a new movie classic that all children and adults can enjoy and learn from. I plan to own this film and eagerly await the sequel Disney has been whispering about.

Zootopia Movie Trailer

The Hateful Eight Movie Review

The Hateful Eight movie review and information

The Hateful Eight Movie Review – Released 2015

  • IMDB – 7.9 | Rotten Tomatoes – 75%
  • Rated R
  • 187 minutes
  • Released – December 30th, 2015
  • Directed By: Quentin Tarantino

In this Hateful Eight movie review we will discuss the story line, good features and some of its downsides. 

Quentin Tarantino went much wider in scale compared to some of his past movies, in his earlier movies. Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained reflected the period of time their stories had been set in an effectively sweeping fashion. One got a feeling of the scale of lewdness that Nazis and slave owners in these films were imposing on people through the scope which every plot possessed. Right now, Tarantino goes more compact, much smaller with his latest film, The Hateful Eight. This film stays to just one location for most of the runtime and also centers itself on 8 morally suspicious individuals existing a couple of years after the Civil War. And not one of these 8 fellows can be trustworthy. 

Why are they all stuck with each other in this singular setting? Well, a blizzard has compelled all of them into Minnie’s Haberdashery, a location where they can all remain till the storm blows over. These 8 inhabitants happen to be Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, and his future sheriff Chris Walton Goggins, runner from the Haberdashery Bob (Damian Bichir), Jennifer Jerrica Leigh, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, and Bruce Dern. Emotions are certain to appear whenever you toss all these fellows into a single confined region for a prolonged time period. 

The script created by Tarantino has tempted a murderer’s row of fantastic actors to play the different dubious souls in this motion picture, and fortunately, not one of these drop the ball inside the acting dept. This is a relief considering just how dependent the whole feature is on the sundry of clashes which emerge from the 8 individuals bouncing off one another. Top marks should go to Jennifer Jason Leigh, who receives some of the film’s most unforgettable moments. 

Impounded right into a solo domain for a better portion of the feature provides cinematographer Robert Richardson and Tarantino enough opportunity to display true creativeness. They esthetically depict the inside of the Haberdashery without the movie’s style climbing down into repetition. Tarantino naturally wishes to pay respect to the movies of the past that he savors but he does not want this to come at the expense of developing a brand new movie that upcoming generations may similarly enjoy. 

Having almost every figure who waltzes into the film to be a character of loathsome personality could have come across as mind-boggling in some other filmmaker’s hand, and for certain viewers, it might be too much. Indeed, every individual in the movie is of significant immortality; however, there is never an effort to play one of the figures in the movie as “misinterpreted loners”. Tarantino provides an unflinching look into the human incarnations of corruption and asks us to observe them turn on one another as tensions within the small area mount. There’s no decent guy audience POV personality we can consider preventing our eyes from the constant vileness of this film’s cast, no, he wishes all of us to gaze upon the cunningness and also comprehend the very genuine locations their reprobate nature comes from. 

That is an additional beneficial part of The Hateful Eight, the truth that it’s promoting grander styles in the character dynamics of these wicked figures, particularly the relationships between Mannix, Smithers, and Warren. As a matter of fact, you will require smelling salts prior to the 20-minute tag in case you felt that Tarantino telling cops not to kill harmless disarmed African-Americans was also politically charged. For us, we all can take pleasure in the 70mm malicious magnificence of The Hateful Eight.

The Hateful Eight Movie Trailer