“The people we don’t want here are leaving! Force them to stay! ” – The Elder
Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Jan 2020)
Brief Synopsis – An explorer who wishes to join a prestigious exploration society takes on the quest of finding a Sasquatch.
My Take on it – This is a film that I have had no desire to see ever since it came out last year, but in my quest to try and watch all films nominated at the Globes and Oscars every year, I decided to check it out.
This is a rare film that is beautifully animated yet fails to have a very interesting or engaging plot.
The story moves along at a strange pace and fails to make us really care about the characters which is problematic.
The film does sport a great voice cast led by Hugh Jackman and Zoe Saldana who are both wonderful in their roles.
Zach Galifianakis tho steals every scene he is in as the mysterious Bigfoot and allows for his own personal humoristic methods to shine in this character and that makes him even more enjoyable to watch.
The film’s plot and story line doesn’t feel original or unique enough and that also hurts things too much.
There are a few scenes here and there that work really well but overall this film feels too unbalanced.
The biggest issue that this film faces is the fact that they aren’t quite sure what kind of genre they want this film to fit in and the comedy and dramatic aspects are presented in some very strange ways at very in-opportunistic intervals which also hurts the message of the story.
I’m a bit confused how this film won a Golden Globe for Best animated Feature this year because despite having great animation, the story, as presented is more than a bit lacking.
Bottom Line – Beautifully animated film that unfortunately doesn’t have a very interesting plot. The voice cast is great with Jackman and Saldana doing wonderful jobs with their characters. Galifianakis is superbly cast as the mysterious Bigfoot character and allows for his personal humor to help make this character even more enjoyable to watch. The story itself doesn’t feel as unique as one might hope for, yet there are points here and there that are enjoyable to watch. The film’s biggest issue is that it fails to make a decision of whether it wants to be more dramatic or more humorous and they mix these genres too much here especially at in-opportunistic times. I’m quite baffled at how this film won Best Animated feature at The Golden Globes this week unless they only look at the animation aspect and forget about what kind of story is being told.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The bar sequence has more shots than any sequence ever produced in stop motion. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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I’m a bit baffled by the Golden Globe win too but I’m always happy to see a less mainstream animation win!
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