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The other night The Fellow and I wanted to watch a movie, but we couldn’t find what we were looking for so we wound up watching Disney”s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. (I don’t know why I always end up watching Christmas movies in summer.) Afterward, The Fellow and I chatted about how we’re both so disappointed with most movies today.
Now, I don’t watch a ton of movies, but I love a good animated film. I used to like to watch kids’ movies because they would be full of magic, fantasy, and characters you love who are endearing as they learn, grow, overcome obstacles, and share values of good overcoming evil. Lately, however, I’ve been avoiding kids’ movies because they’re just disappointing. I’d add a caveat to this by saying that I don’t know that it’s ALL movies or ALL children’s movies, but, man, does it feel like it.
The best way I can describe it is that the few movies I’ve seen lately have left me feeling hollow instead of warm and fuzzy or at least entertained. There’s no depth to the story or the characters. I’m not even really concerned with the plot. (And the Nutcracker ended SO anticlimactically, I wish I had just watched the actual ballet.)
I don’t understand why movies are like this. I LOVE the original Disney movies. It makes no sense to me that the new live-action ones somehow don’t change much as far as story or characters, yet they somehow fall flat.
The Fellow thinks a lot of it is the heavy-handed use of CGI that Disney has been relying on lately. I agree. I’ve never been a fan. The first movie I remember watching being completely CGI was The Polar Express, and it just looked so odd. Now, it’s every kids’ movie! I don’t understand why they can’t just make a movie with some special effects and real people? The overwhelming CGI is unnerving. They can’t make it look completely realistic, and instead they make the people look strange.
There’s something wonderful about the older stuff. I can block out a few wires to believe the magic, and hand-drawn animation is pure magic. I’m just not down with this weird in-between world we’re in today. Add that to the lack of story development, and it’s not something I want to waste my time watching.
Am I missing something ? Maybe there’s a movie out there that has a phenomenal story that will change my mind? Let me know if you think of one! I’ll give it a try!