I really enjoy the Urban Fantasy trope — the idea of taking all those classic elements like elves, dragons, unicorns and more and putting them in a modern setting. The new film is Onward, about two elf brothers on a quest!
Looks neat to me! I think we’re past the age where Pixar movies are all wonderful works of art and are now just traditional animated films, but whatever. Should still be fun and well-made.
Man, Woody really has a hard time learning his lesson, doesn’t he? How many times is Woody going to be tempted into settling for a life beyond belonging to his chosen child? And how many times is he going to go back to that child?
At least once more, it seems. Here comes Toy Story 4!
I like the Toy Story films as much as the next person, but it’s OK to let a good thing come to an end at the appropriate time. What’s the driving story this time? That Woody has to be tempted by life in a carnival? Instead of in a museum or in a daycare? What the heck would Woody even do in a carnival?
Not to mention all the weird existential questions that arise from the introduction of Forky. The Toy Story universe doesn’t need any more existential questions!
Incredibles 2 comes out on DVD…soon? Maybe earlier this week. I dunno. I haven’t bought a DVD in years. I’m full-on 21st century, people! Either way, all my favorite video parodies are doing Incredibles 2 this week, so how about the Honest Trailer?
Yeah, makes a ton of good points. I was not super impressed with Incredibles 2. But there’s no doubt we’re getting a third one at this point. Bring it on, I say! Who doesn’t like to spend time in this universe?
Incredibles 2 was so bland that I don’t actually remember how it ended, or how this video changes that ending. Honestly, based on this How It Should Have Ended for the movie, I’m rather shocked that this isn’t how the movie ended.
Did Incredibles 2 seriously do something other than Dash and Violet using their actual powers to save the day? What did they even do in the climax?!
I liked The Incredibles 2 well enough. It’s a fun and exciting movie, about as fun and exciting as we could have hoped. The characters are fun and the action is exciting. But it definitely feels like a movie whipped up 15 years after the fact. Writer/director Brad Bird never made a sequel to The Incredibles because he’d told the story he set out to tell. Now, 15 years and one failed Tomorrowland later, Bird has apparently relented and trotted out a new adventure.
And like almost every single Pixar or Disney movie in the past five or so years, it has a surprise villain. What the heck is going on with this trend?
Recent readers of this blog might recall the List of Six I wrote only last month that blew the lid off this trend! Since then, my film theory has gained zero traction across the rest of the Internet, so I guess it’s still up to just me to keep harping on this.
It’s weird, right? Am I alone in thinking its weird that nearly every single recent Disney and Pixar movie has a surprise villain?
That’s where the villain’s identity is kept a secret through most of the film, until one of the friendly supporting characters is suddenly revealed to have been secretly evil this whole time.
I won’t reveal the secret identity of the villain — the very anachronistic Screenslaver — because the movie is still too new. I’ve probably said too much in revealing that the villain’s identity is a surprise twist. But somebody has to stand up to this weird storytelling trope at Disney! Somebody has to stand up for the Syndromes of the world, who are villains right from the get go, and are therefore allowed to have character development across the entire film, not just crammed into the very end!