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Why Coco (2017) Should Have Gotten a Best Picture Nomination at the Oscars


The 90th Academy Awards are almost upon us! Over the previous 89, only three animated films have received a nomination for the highest award, Best Picture. Those being Beauty and the Beast in 1991 (losing to Silence of the Lambs), Up in 2009 (The Hurt Locker) and Toy Story 3 in 2010 (The Kings Speech). How I wish I could say it was four movies that received such an honour…

Coco has the Best Animated Feature Oscar, no doubt. Some would say that’s enough, but in my humble opinion (and seeing as I’m writing about it, that automatically makes it the correct one), an animated masterpiece like this deserves more. It follows a pattern seen in many other Disney movies, in which the main character wants something (in this case, it’s young Miguel who has a real passion of music), parent/guardian forbids it (here, his whole family has banned it for generations), he gets said thing (he steals the guitar from his great grandfather) and the rest of the movie follows.

And what follows is a wonderful journey through the Land of the Dead, and one that I went to see twice in cinemas (an honour held only by this and La La Land), and on the second time, I spent the last five minutes in tears. Chances are you’ve heard how this movie has made millions cry, but what makes THAT scene truly beautiful is how I can’t explain what it makes me feel. It’s both sad and uplifting at the same time, and a single scene managing to convey so many emotions at once is a feat that not many live action movies can achieve.

But the ending also works as a satisfying payoff for all these great characters we’ve been watching for the last hour and forty minutes, in which there isn’t a dull moment, thanks to some stunning animation, wonderful music (another snub this movie received is no Best Original Score nod for Michael Giacchino), and the fascinating culture of Mexico presented throughout.

I watched the Oscar nominees revealed live (yes, I got to witness the pain that was Tiffany Hadish attempting to pronounce “Kaluuya”), and I remember thinking how great it would be if Coco got to join the ranks of those three previously mentioned animated movies. But it was not meant to be, though it deals with mature themes of family, death and leaving behind a legacy in a way that can be enjoyed by any one.

This film is a masterpiece (and that’s not a word I use lightly), and it absolutely should have received a nomination for Best Picture for all the reasons I’ve brought up, and so much more that I haven’t touched on. But nomination or no nomination, this is still a wonderful movie that, much like Miguel’s ancestors, will be remembered for a long time to come.


Big Hero 6 (2014) Film Review


Back when the Oscars started to hand out the award for Best Animated Feature, it went to films from Studio Ghibli, Dreamworks, even Aardman got into the mix. Nowadays, it’s typically either from Disney and Pixar, and in 2014, the fantastic Lego Movie didn’t even get a nomination! Instead, the winner was Big Hero 6, from, you guessed it, Disney.

Our hero is Hiro (the most on the nose protagonist name ever, I know) Hamada, a young lad who’s interest goes from illegal bot fighting to going to his brother, Tadashi’s university. His amazing invention gets him in, but soon after, the uni catches fire and Tadashi (rather stupidly) goes in to save the guy who invented bot fighting, and surprise surprise, a family member dies in a Disney movie. In other news, water is wet.

One of Tadashi’s creations is Baymax, a robot to help those in pain. Hiro finds him and soon after, discovers a mysterious man in a mask is using his invention from earlier for evil. Hiro, Baymax and some of Tadashi’s uni friends become superheroes to try and discover who lies under the mask.

Unlike a lot of other Disney films, they actually do develop some chemistry between Hiro and Tadashi before he gets killed off, which makes the pay off all the more effective. And even the most stone hearted couldn’t fall in love with Baymax, who never strays from his robotic roots, which makes for some very funny moments. When the movie is about these three characters, it truly shines.

When it gets to the actual superhero stuff, however, it comes off as a bit gimmicky. That’s not to say it’s bad, there’s a decent twist near the end, but after the great material with Tadashi’s death, it feels like “here’s the part where we have to sell toys!” On top of that, most of the side characters aren’t that interesting. They’re likeable, but they don’t leave a lasting impression like the brothers and Baymax do.

Despite the aforementioned issues, the pros definitely outweigh the cons here. If it was all about the superhero aspect, The Lego Movie would’ve been snubbed big time, but when I think back to the brother’s chemistry and the relationship between Hiro and Baymax, I can see why the Oscars went for this one. Indeed, I was satisfied with my care.

Mary Poppins (1964) Film Review


Mary Poppins isn’t really the type of movie I’d like to review, so I tried to come up with a word to describe it instead, but I can’t think of the appropriate word at the moment, so I might as well talk about the film while I try to think of one…

The story (for the three of you that don’t know it) is about a magic nanny called Mary Poppins who comes to look after the Banks children, and the rest of the movie is the three of them going on several capers with the “cockney” Bert. There isn’t much of an actual story, it’s mainly Mary and the children going on some short adventure and then the next one, but when the adventures are this charming, imaginative and fun filled, the two hour length flies by.

Those two hours hold up remarkably well after 53 years, with practical effects that still look convincing, and great performances from all the cast. Yeah, Dick Van Dyke’s accent might be considered the second worst in film history (just beat by Sean Connery in The Untouchables) according to Empire Magazine, but admit it, it wouldn’t be the same without him (or Julie Andrews, for that matter).

Do I even need to tell you how good the songs are? They’ve become household tunes, with Feed the Birds, Chim Chim Cher-ee, Let’s Go Fly a Kite… and that really long word one that I can’t remember the name of…it should back to me.

Put simply, Mary Poppins is still a delight after over 50 years for all ages, that’s tons of fun and at the end, rather poignant. Needless to say, you’ll come out of it feeling- YES! I know what word I can use to describe this movie, it’s the perfect word for Mary Poppins!

It’s great.