Film #25: Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
I’ve actually seen a couple of the Tinker Bell movies before, because they used to have them on the Sky Movies Disney channel and they’re quite short, sweet little flicks and WoM is Disney obsessed, which has reignited and fuelled my own love for all things Disney. What I find weird is that they’ve totally rewritten Tink’s character as in the original Peter Pan movie she’s quite an angry, petty pixie, whereas in these films she’s far nicer.
In this one we do get flashes of that temper, as her losing her rag is what causes all the trouble and means she has to set off to find a magic mirror and save Pixie Hollow. Why she’d later lose her control over her temper when she joins up with the Lost Boys remains a mystery, unless it’s just a case of “Hell hath no fury”.
It’s not the best of the Tinker Bell movies, and it’s extremely simple but it’s probably the thing little kids would love, and has just the right level of thrill to excite without scaring them. 5/10.
Film #35: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Jake Gyllenhaal gets his guns out for an outing as an action hero, based on a video game. He plays Dastan, an orphan who after a display of courage is adopted by the king of Persia, and along with his two adopted brothers becomes a noted warrior. Unfortunately, after a successful battle where they capture the city of Alamut, his father is poisoned and Dastan is framed for the murder.
Dastan flees, taking with him the Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton) and learning that the knife he picked up at the city actually has magical, time travelling powers. He and Tamina bicker and try to get the better of each other, as she is sworn to protect the knife. Can they stay ahead of their pursuers, work out who really killed the king and avenge his death?
Here’s the thing, the movie is a little bland, Gyllenhaal is game and charming enough in the lead but there’s very little chemistry between him and Arterton. Also, the reveal of who the actual villain will only surprise you if you’ve never seen a movie before, there’s a big name British actor in a supporting role? Yeah, he’s gonna be the bad guy.
It’s kinda forgettable, and the time travelling McGuffin means that when things do go a bit pear, you know it’ll be easy to remedy, robbing some of the dramatic tension. I found myself zoning out between action sequences and it’s rather bland. 5/10.
Film #94: The Brave Little Toaster
This is a film that totally passed me by as a kid, but was one of WoM’s childhood favourites. I thought I’d check it out, and it’s a bit of an oddity. It’s definitely a lesser animated movie, with a slightly cheapy feel to it.
Some of the crew on this would be the founders of Pixar, and it does have some similarities with their work. It tells the story of, well, a toaster and his appliance buddies, who live in a small cottage, pining for their “master” who hasn’t visited in years. When the cottage is put up for sale they set off to find him. It’s not without it’s charms, but the songs are forgettable and art is kinda basic. 5/10.
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