"Tonight, I saw how wonderful a reboot can be!" Spielberg's 'West Side Story' both stays true to the original but also updates it into the 21st century. I like how it feels classical and modern at the same. If you've seen the 1961 version, you know the story, the songs, the characters, ... But the characters get just a little more depth, the cinematography is stunning. The female characters steal the screen: Rachel Zegler's debut performance, Rita Moreno's reboot appearance…
Luca isn't your typical Disney-Pixar film: there is no big journey and the stakes aren't really high. Just two young boys who want to get a Vespa.
But its simplicity is its strength: the straight-forward story is enriched by the very likable characters, the beautiful animation, little funny moments and the Italian holiday atmosphere. I liked how, despite their differences, Luca and Alberto help each other grow.
It didn't work out complex concepts like the ingenious Inside Out or build a fabulous world like Coco, but it instantly tugged at my heartstrings. And sometimes that's the most important thing a good film has to do.
What a great movie to finally return the cinemas!
Cruella was a treat: great performances by the duo of Emma's, costumes to die for (they HAVE to get an Academy Award nomination for this) and the decision to set it in the 70s allows for a fabulous soundtrack.
Cruella also succeeds where Maleficent didn't deliver for me: in its origin story. Whereas Maleficent was turned into a tragic character, Cruella's wickedness is inherent to her. Sure, she is not completely…