Review: Wonder, based on R.J. Palacio’s 2012 bestseller, observes the bright side of every event revolves around the first ‘normal’ school year of a boy with facial deformities. There’s bullying, but there’s support; there are sentimental moments, but there are uplifting ones. On the surface, this might look like an overdramatic Hollywood tearjerker, but, give it some time and Wonder will define the word ‘heartfelt’ straight to your nerve.
Jacob Tremblay (Room) portrays Auggie, the 10-year-old Star Wars aficionado, who finally enters public school after years of home-schooling due to his physical condition. Julia Roberts---the mother, Isabella, and Owen Wilson---the father, Nate, knowing their kid’s circumstance, show reluctance in finally letting the child stepping away from the comfort z...
Review: Seven years in making with thorough research in Mexico along with solid team led by Lee Unkrich to celebrate appropriate representation (including writer, Adrian Molina, who got eventually promoted into co-director), Pixar's nineteenth feature, Coco, results in a highly respectful tribute to Mexican culture and tradition, specifically, 'Dia de los Muertos' a.k.a. The Day of the Dead.
Review: Paddington—the marmalade-loving Peruvian bear who has now become a permanent resident in Windsor Gardens, London along with The Browns—returns for another adventure in this bear-y merry sequel.
While having been entirely integrated into human’s life and become a local hero, Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw) is still the bear he used to be—the little bear saved and adopted by the late Uncle Pastuzo (voiced by Michael Gambon) and Aunt Lucy (Imelda Staunton). For Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, Paddington is keen to give her a unique pop-up book about London, the city of her dream. The lil’ bear will do anything to finally buy the book from Mr. Gruber’s (Jim Broadbent) antique shop; even when what he’s done gets him entangled into a malicious conspiracy orchestrated by a villainous forme...
Review: In the toughest time of her life, a fussy 70-year-old hag gets a second chance to compensate her lost youth and cheat aging when she is mysteriously transformed into her 20-year-old self. That’s the premise of Hwang Dong-hyuk’s mega-hit Miss Granny (2014), which has inspired series of overseas remakes, including the Indonesian version, Sweet 20, helmed by Ody C. Harahap (Me vs. Mami, Kapan Kawin?).
Transliterated from its South Korean roots by Upi (My Stupid Boss, Belenggu), Sweet 20 adeptly administers a profound adaptation into Indonesian culture and social value. Upi’s adapted script isn’t only changing the film’s geographical setting; it instead induces local view of family in Indonesia’s urban society. Even, the film’s Eid al-Fitr release adds up to the foundation of the story...
Review: I once wrote an abridged history of Beauty and the Beast roots on my review of Christophe Gans’ La Belle et La Bête. How this beautiful French lore has evolved, added more insight and backstories, and represented social issues from time to time alone has already made an intriguing tale. While adaptations and re-imaginings have altered it from the root, there’s one thing that never fades: the magic.
I can’t still see ‘the whys’ of Disney’s decision to remake their Renaissance animation with a live-action feature; yet, I can put aside that concerns. They’ve done it well with Cinderella (2014) by having courage and being kind and staying true to its root; and The Jungle Book (2016) by fulfilling the bare necessities. And for Beauty and the Beast, I can say that this live-action re-tel...
Review: Expanded from an encyclopaedia of the same title and penned to screenplay by the only J.K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is surprisingly a fun ride to American non-pretentious wizard world, which goes much more muggle-friendly than its British counterparts in Harry Potter series.
Set in the same universe in which Harry Potter saga takes places, Fantastic Beasts goes further behind in time as it sets in 1926, decades prior to the British counterpart. At the same time, it also goes across the ocean from London to New York in America, where the adventure of Englishman named Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) straightforwardly begins. While the spin-off might present some nods to the most famous wizarding world nowadays; it never feels nostalgic nor formulaic because wh...
So, here comes the first entry of Sinekdoks X Hzboy's What the Hell... oween! A Collaborative Post yang didedikasikan untuk merayakan bulan-nya Halloween.
Kami berencana menonton 4 film yang telah ditentukan sebelumnya dan menuangkan pemikiran kami dalam 8-point analysis yang akan di-post setiap minggunya. Dalam setiap post yang tampil di Sinekdoks, tulisan yang ditampilkan adalah tulisan Hzboy a.k.a. Hestia Istiviani dengan tambahan annotation maupun komentar bebas dari Sinekdoks di bawahnya (dengan warna font yang berbeda pula).
Untuk minggu pertama ini, pilihan filmnya adalah Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, yang memadukan gaya baroque-gothic Tim Burton dengan script queer gubahan Jane Goldman serta kisah yang serasa seperti gabungan Mary Poppins dan X-Men.
So, here's Hzboy'...
Review: It’s not too surprising when Disney decided to give its retro property a remake with CGI treatment. What surprised more is the choice of source material – a musical which blends animation with live action, Pete’s Dragon (1977) – which is considered as a classic flop. Things get more alluring when David Lowery – helmer of cinema poetry, Ain’t Them Bodies Saint – is announced to get into directorial responsibility.
Yet, that’s where the magic begins. When Lowery’s penchant for visual poetry transliterates the bond between orphan boy with a surprisingly furry dragon combined with little family elements, the result is a less-blockbuster summer blockbuster. A visually enchanting classic with heart and magic. (more…)
Review Captain Fantastic: Viggo Mortensen sebagai Ben Cash alias sang Captain Fantastic memilih mengasingkan diri di tengah belantara sembari membesarkan keenam anaknya yang bernama unik. Menjauh dari racun "dunia nyata", ia memilih metode unorthodox dalam mendidik anak-anaknya, termasuk di dalamnya latihan fisik dan survival, menumbuhkan minat membaca yang unapologetic---bahkan sampai ke fisika kuantum, novel klasik sampai gagasan "kiri"---sedari dini. Bagi keluarga ini, kehidupan mereka bagaikan summer camp seumur hidup.
Lompatan kuantum terjadi pada saat sang istri yang tengah dirawat di kota meninggal dunia karena bunuh diri. Dilema besar membawanya dan anak-anaknya keluar dari belantara untuk menghadapi "dunia nyata" yang menentang idealisme-nya. Sebuah parenting drama yang kuat dan ...
Review: Who would have thought that there is a secret behind New York’s vibrant landscape? Pets of New York have a secret life that they only show when their owners aren’t home. The Secret Life of Pets is a very literal title to such story.
Secretly, those pets – from mammals to reptiles and birds – secretly interact and have fun just like human. To depict that, this pars-pro-toto animation directed by Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney focuses on the life of Max (Louis C.K.), a male dog who thinks he has a special relationship with his owner Katie (Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt).
His life suddenly changes when Katie decides to adopt Duke (Eric Stonestreet), a big, furry, lazy and intimidating male dog. An unhealthy schism suddenly embarks between the two, which results in they get...
Review The Secret Life of Pets: Siapa sangka kalau di balik vibrant-nya lautan lansekap New York, para hewan peliharaan punya kehidupan rahasia yang hanya mereka tunjukkan saat para majikannya tak di rumah? The Secret Life of Pets adalah jawabannya yang paling literal.
Semua hewan peliharaan ternyata saling berinteraksi dan bersenang-senang layaknya manusia. Untuk menampilkannya, animasi arahan Chris Renaud dan Yarrow Cheney ini berfokus pada kehidupan Max (Louis C.K.), anjing peliharaan Katie (Ellie Kemper) yang merasa punya hubungan spesial dengan majikannya.
Kehidupannya berubah ketika Katie memutuskan untuk mengadopsi Duke (Eric Stonestreet), anjing besar pemalas yang mengintimidasinya. Persaingan tak sehat Max dan Duke justru membuat mereka tersesat di belantara New York, sehingga m...
Ini bukan pertama kalinya Disney mengadaptasi lepas sebuah dongeng--paling dekat, pada tahun 2010 lalu, Disney sudah mengadaptasi kisah Rapunzel dari Grimm Brothers dalam Tangled. Kini, di penghujung tahun 2013, kisah The Snow Queen dari H.C. Andersen diadaptasi lepas dengan judul yang sekali lagi memakai past participle, Frozen. Well, there's more. Click here!
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