Still doesn’t quite grip me as much as its sequel but it’s actually better than I remembered
Between the melodrama and the majority of the characters having shitty views and/or shitty personalities, watching this (especially the first half) kinda felt like watching a version of Succession where the creators weren’t actually in on the joke.
But damn what a sumptuous production though! The performances, the costumes, the sets, the cinematography, the score, all of it screams iconic in a way few films ever have or ever will again. It’s the kind of epic that not only moves…
Every film bro will label this as a masterpiece based on the film’s technical merits alone (which are there), if only the film weren’t so badly written, thematically hollow, misguided or borderline irresponsible, or maybe if the movie was directed by somebody else who knows how to properly tackle this sort of character in a more effective way (eg. this film’s biggest influencer Martin Scorsese) then maybe it would actually deserve that title.
To echo what seemingly everyone else has…
Rented out an entire theater auditorium to watch this on the big screen tonight and it was a truly wonderful, even magical experience. Hans Zimmer’s score I’m certain was touched by the divine, the voice cast is magnificent, and the animation still looks amazing!!! I don’t understand how every other animated film that integrated 3D effects in the late 90s looks understandably dated but this one could’ve been released yesterday and I don’t think hardly anyone would bat an eye?!? Astounding!