Movie review and other matters

Posted at May 28, 2010 11:52 am

I’ve taken a bit of a break from blogging recently, mostly because I haven’t come across any book or movie that I’ve really loved or hated, and also because my life update would have read something like : "Still not many patients in the clinic, still waiting for book revision notes, still breathing."
I’ve been splattering my obsession with GLEE all over my facebook page– so I didn’t feel the need to wax rhapsodic about that, and after posting an enthusiastic "thumbs up" for Kathryn Stockett’s The Help in my status updates, I didn’t have anything further to say except read it

But I watched Disney’s The Princess and the Frog yesterday– or tried to watch it, rather, before finally giving up when my eyes began to bleed. What I want to know is: Who wrote those rave reviews on Imdb.com and what did they smoke before they went to see this thing? For the record, I was looking forward to this film.  Disney hasn’t put out a great animated classic since the 90s, (all the great stuff has been Dreamworks or Pixar) and I was very pleased to read about their (long-overdue) introduction of a black heroine.  

  So why… why did it have to suck so bad?   Why was the animation choppy and cheap– reminiscent of Saturday morning cartoons? Come on, Disney, we were just spellbound by the stunning beauty of Avatar and the creativity of Alice.  We know animators can do better.  Why were the songs irritating and repetitive?  Why did they introduce a new character every five minutes for the first forty five minutes of the film? (that was as far as I got) 
And why couldn’t they come up with a better villain than that voodoo guy–that recycled Jafar? 

I’m glad my seven year old saw it before me– or I would have forced to sit through the whole thing. 

In Leah news, I am thrilled to report that my sister Sarah has just been accepted to Technion Medical School (the American students program.) My sister Tammy is planning to come on aliyah this summer– so I will have two sisters in Israel with me! 
Two down, two to go.  🙂

Watch out, Dinah and Anna—

 

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