I remember when Pixar was acquired by Disney in 2006, and fans of the animation studio’s work up until that point were absolutely appalled. Concerned, and rightly so, that the House of Mouse would destroy that “small-time studio” feel that Pixar had, it was deemed as a billion dollar catastrophe.
Despite all those reservations, it’s now clear, 14 years on, that Disney’s acquisition of the studio was a positive move for both. Pixar had the ability to create films on a much larger (aka more expensive) scale, and Disney had another studio name to add to its profitability as they began their global domination-style plan. mwahahahaha!
That’s the history lesson over with. Now, as we approach the end of 2020, and with the world completely turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic, Pixar’s latest film, Soul, released directly to Disney+ is just the film we needed to turn our frowns upside down. But how good is it?
Are we ever going to see a day when superhero movies don’t dominate the release schedule? It seems as if a new one materialises every week. If it’s not the latest cookie-cutter Marvel movie or yet another DC extended universe disaster, then it’s a tedious new standalone project promising to ‘put a dark spin on the genre’ or ‘take it in a new direction’.
Now I’m not saying all superhero films are bad, in fact, I have enjoyed a great deal of them over the years. Whether it be Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy or the MCU’s Infinity saga, the genre has undoubtedly peppered the cinematic landscape with some truly great moments over the past two decades. But when will it end? How much more juice can we squeeze out of this thoroughly dehydrated lemon?
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (UK CERT: 12A)
Director: Marc Webb
Music: Hans Zimmer
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Jamie Foxx, Sally Field
Marc Webb’s first attempt at being behind the lens of a Marvel film was 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man. Just five years after Sam Raimi concluded his trilogy with Tobey Maguire in the tight fitting suit, Andrew Garfield donned the iconic costume in a film that was good if a little unnecessary. Here, Webb returns just two years later with The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but can it prove its worth? Continue reading