Top Action Disney Movies
Posted 2017-10-11 17:28:12
The sets are luxuriant, the songs lilting, the scenario witty but impeccably sentimental, and the supporting cast only a pinfeather short of perfection. This is easily the best of Disney's experiments in combining animation and live action, and one of the studio's best-loved films. I find it irresistible. Plenty of other adults will feel the same way. And, needless to say, so will the kids. One of the great movie musicals and of that rare breed of deathless family entertainment that's guaranteed to transfix children, well beyond this, its fiftieth anniversary.
The result is a fresh, feel-good crowd-pleaser that pokes affectionate fun at fairytale conventions while remaining true to their spirit. Though the film is full of allusions to the Disney canon, they are generally unobtrusive echoes rather than eager satires. This is a children's movie at which adults are also welcome, not a cartoon for grownups. Like the Cinderella figure she plays in Disney's Enchanted, Amy Adams spreads a contagion of delight. The movie is great fun, but she's enchanting.
The Parent Trap
The light comedy is sweetly timed, the direction smart and assured, and the visuals bright, colourful, unobtrusive and faultless. New pic is slick, sentimental and exceptionally well cast, with enough cross-generational appeal to suggest strong commercial potential. Romance, comedy, adventure and charm come through loud and clear in this highly entertaining remake. The technology for twinning a single young actress is considerably more seamless than it was in 1961, and Lohan is a perky charmer.
Saving Mr. Banks
The sap doesn't run too thick, although it does run, and the movie certainly has a patented Disney upbeat feel much of the time. It's more a spoonful of sugar than medicine for aging baby boomer's souls. Although at times overly sweet and emotional, Saving Mr. Banks is for the most part warm, heartfelt and easy to like. It's hard not to appreciate the Disney magic once again on display here. With a few distorted facts, Saving Mr. Banks takes on a life of its own, and there's enough truth in it to make you swallow the rest with or without a spoonful of sugar.
The Jungle Book
Most of the real world challenges that Leo DiCaprio faced in The Revenant, 10-year-old Neel Sethi faces plenty persuasively in The Jungle Book's digitized world. By the time its evolution is complete, The Jungle Book has proven itself a minor Darwinian miracle, perhaps the oddest of all species: a movie nearly devoid of human beings, yet one bursting with humanity.
I'm not convinced remaking The Jungle Book was absolutely necessary, but Disney's latest navel-gazing foray into its own archives delivers everything it needs to.