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Beauty and the Beast (2017) – Review

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-telling is not a must, but it’s necessary. Continue reading Beauty and the Beast (2017) – Review

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) – Review

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 what’s presented here is an original tale, which enriches the existing universe with more than just trivia. Continue reading Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) – Review

What the Hell… oween! #1: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

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’s take:  Continue reading What the Hell… oween! #1: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

Pete’s Dragon (2016) – Review

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.  Continue reading Pete’s Dragon (2016) – Review

Captain Fantastic (2016): Summer camp is a lifetime

Review Captain FantasticViggo 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 mencolok dihadirkan dengan kadar quirkiness yang cenderung pretentious dalam Captain Fantastic. Continue reading Captain Fantastic (2016): Summer camp is a lifetime

The Secret Life of Pets (2016) – Review

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 lost in the heart of New York’s urban jungle. That situation forces them to work together to survive and find a way home, to Katie, whom they love to impress. Continue reading The Secret Life of Pets (2016) – Review