Genre Guesstimation – Johnny Tremain (1957) – Encore Review


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Marc of French Toast Sundays and we will be reviewing our favorite Live Action Disney Films.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Nov by sending them to disneylivemarc@movierob.net

Tnx Marc!

Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Live Action Disney Films…….

“There’s a time for casting silver and a time for casting cannon. If that isn’t in the Holy Writ, it should be. ” – Paul Revere

Number of Times Seen – at least 3 times (cable in the 80’s, 24 Jul 2017 and 2 Nov 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – During the day leading up to The Revolutionary War, a young silversmith apprentice tries to find a way to help the revolutionary cause.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw again a few years back, but due to Marc’s choice in Genre for this month, I decided to give it another try.

The film tells a great story about a character caught up in the revolutionary movement, but since he is theoretically a small character in the world, the viewer is given much insight into how things played out.

The story is definitely geared more towards kids than adults and that actually hurts things a bit since it isn’t as powerful or as gripping as one might hope it could be.

The story does run adjacent with history and in some ways feels like Tremain was the Forrest Gump of the Revolutionary movement because of his sheer proximity to everything going on.

The story lacks a bit of a push that would have made things more powerful and engaging which is a shame because the potential here is much greater than what they achieve.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – As a result of this film, Walt Disney planned to add a new theme area, Liberty Square, to Disneyland in California. The project didn’t go through, but after Walt’s death, Liberty Square was included in Walt Disney World in Florida. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not really. Good movie, but far too tame since it lacks any action.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10) (downgrade from original review)

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