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This film, that reminds strongly of a Disney-film because of the style of drawing and the style of music, is really anything but a Disney-film. Despite the fact it even has two little helpers, just like Disney usually has.

The story is about Anastasia, who is born and raised in the rich aristocracy of Russia, where, during a party, Rasputin has invited himself, cursing all of the Romanov family. He wants them all to die. The family which Anastasia is part of. This happens shortly after Anastasia was given a small music box by her grandmother.

Because of the curse of Rasputin, the family is forced to flee the scene instantly, as Rasputin wants to kill everyone, setting the house on fire. During the flight, grandmother and Anastasia loose each other. Grandmother is on the train and loses grip on Anastasia’s hand, causing her to fall down.

Years later, it appears that Anja (her name by now) has no recollection of the life she led before her 8th birthday, the moment the party ¬†was. She is, by now, grown up, leaving the orphanage she’s been living in, to start her own life as a cleaning lady. At least, that’s what she’s supposed to do, according to the head mistress. But Anja has a will of her own. The road goes in two opposite directions. Which ones shall she take?

The film was made by Fox film corporation, and this is noticeable. There’s far more elements of it being a drawn musical at times than in Disney films. The drama is heavier, it’s far less suitable for small children with a strong imagination, who might get nightmares from such dark images. Especially Rasputin being depicted as being in a darker world, can be too much for a happy mind. You should watch along, or fast forward. Though it’s very possible that the fact there’s no blood visible, makes it funny for those who aren’t that weak in the stomach, or just care less.
There’s a scene, however, in Paris, where one of the statues (of a horse, with wings) becomes evil by the touch of magic. I wouldn’t call that very suitable for small children either.

Then again, the fact that in Disney films usually a prince or any male type person has to rescue the girl in her bloody expensive dress from any evil beings, is nicely compensated here. The girl does it all by herself, telling the bastard in his face he can go take a hike. Of course, she has help, but she’s the one who stands there with her dress being torn apart, kicking and giving a big mouth. Good stuff.

All in all, I’d say this is a nice film, but I wouldn’t recommend your kid watching it on her/his own that first time. At least hang in there for the music, it’s truly lovely.

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Posted by on June 25, 2017 in Films, Opinion


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Een olijke, vrolijke kinderfilm, die meteen pakt door de bij Disney gebruikelijke aantrekkelijke kinderlachjes en stuitermuziek.
De film verhaalt over twee koninklijke zusjes, Anna en Elsa, waarvan Elsa een gave heeft. Ze kan alles laten bevriezen. Hoewel het lijkt alsof ze dit onder controle heeft (ze weet tenslotte precies hoe ze het ‘starten’ moet), is dit toch niet zo. Zo komt het dat ze tijdens het spelen per ongeluk Anna verwond. Om de verwonding van Anna te verhelpen, vertrekken ze met z’n allen naar trollen. Anna verliest hierbij elke herinnering aan Elsa’s gave. Anna weet nog wel dat ze veel lol heeft gehad met Elsa, maar niet meer wat daar onderdeel van was.
Omdat Elsa’s gave beschermd moet worden, besluiten hun ouders het paleis waarin de meisjes opgroeien, voorgoed op slot te gooien. Dan overlijden de ouders tijdens een cruise en komen Anna en Elsa er alleen voor te staan.

De thematiek die er in ‘Brave’ voorbijkomt, namelijk familiebanden, zie je hier ook sterk terug. Zussen onderling, wat ze kunnen delen of juist niet. Hoe verschillend ze bovendien hun gezamenlijke jeugd beleven.

Iets wat ik verder geweldig vind aan deze film, nog los van de leuke muziek (behalve die sneeuwpop, waarom moet Olaf perse zingen??): een andere vorm van Happy Ending. Het is een kinderfilm en die hebben simpelweg zo’n einde nodig, maar Disney zou weleens de eerste filmindustrie voor kinderen kunnen zijn die zich waagt aan een ander einde. Niet ‘en ze leefden nog lang en gelukkig’, maar gewoon ‘en hoera, we hebben het overleefd!’
Dit zou ik toejuichen, al is het alleen maar om de variatie op het thema ‘good guy, bad guy, vechten graag’ wat uit te breiden.

Hoe dan ook, zalige en prima film!

A happily, merry childrens film, which instantly attracts because of Disneys2′ use of their commonly known use of bouncy music and charming laughter of children.
The film tells the story of two royal sisters, Elsa and Anna. Elsa is gifted. She can make it freeze instantly aswell as creating snow. Even though it seems like she can control this gift rather well (she can start it without any problems, for example) this isn’t actually true.
So it can happen that during playing with her sister Anna, she accidentally injures her. To heal the wound, they turn to the trolls. Here Anna loses every memory she ever had of Elsa’s gift. Anna does remember she used to have a lot of fun with Elsa, but not what was part of it.
Because Elsa’s gift needs protection, their parents decide to lock up their palace forever. Then the parents die during a cruise and the girls are on their own.

The theme that comes round in ‘Brave’ is also represented here. Familybonds. This comes back in this film in terms of love for siblings, the way they can both reflect on how they experiences childhood.

The other thing I completely love about this film, even aside the catchy music (though not all of it, Olaf, why did he have to have a song?? Anyway) is the fact that the Happy Ending is so different.
I don’t think Disney is that far behind on being the first in history in making a childrens’ film with some alternative happy endings. This would please me very much, as I don’t think people will mind ‘Happy Endings’ finally be given a bit more variety then the standardmix of ‘good guy, bad guy, fight please’. Of course, I could be wrong. Altogether, it’s a very enchanting film!

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Posted by on November 11, 2014 in Films, Opinion


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