I’ve repeatedly said that Disney is pure evil and they destroy everything that I love. They turned one of my favorite films into a fucking Kinect game. That’s how bad they are. They take good ideas or properties and turn them into shit. Most recently with Star Wars. The Last Jedi was a dumpster fire, and if what I am hearing about the latest film in the franchise, it went through three directors, had multiple rewrites, and the guy who plays the titular character not only looks NOTHING like him (he’s a fucking pretty boy. Nothing even remotely roguish at all), but can’t act his way out of a paper bag. They had to hire an acting coach for him after shooting the bulk of his scenes. So yeah, that will be a dumpster fire too. I mean, they barely show this guy in the trailer for his own film. If that isn’t a sign that this movie is dead on arrival, I don’t know what is.
Now we come to The Incredibles 2. I really liked the first one. It’s not my favorite Pixar film, but it’s up there. A film about a family of superheroes, mixing some fantastic action, great scoring (the score for that film is phenomenal), and both superhero and human elements to make a great story. It balanced out every character to give them an arc and show them grow. It’s great stuff. Then the trailer for the sequel dropped.
This film looks terrible. So, we go from a story about a family of superheroes, to the mom being off doing stuff, while the dad is being a stay-at-home dad with superbaby. Wow. That’s so boring that writing it I felt myself lose energy. Who thought this was a good idea? I mean, all the creative potential that a sequel of this film could be. Like, it’s been many years since the first one. Why not age the characters up a little? Have them dealing with the reemergence of superheroes in society and them being kind of swept up in things? Or maybe have them still having to be in the shadows and yet still doing good, now accepting their desire to be heroes, yet still being trapped behind a screen of anonymity. All the cool ideas are there, but what is the final product? Stay at home dad and superbaby! Oh boy!
It hurts me inside to think of how Pixar has died. It really has. While the death of 2D animation breaks my fucking heart (it is an art form that has died and will likely never come back in the way it once was with the old Disney magic), I did grow up with this company. I remember seeing Toy Story and thinking it was crazy cool. My favorite of their films, Ratatouille, is a charming story. The Incredibles combines so many good elements. This studio once was believed to be setting the new standard in kids movies story-telling.
Then Brave happened. With that movie I felt something. There was a shift in the films that they were putting out, and the content immediately starting getting progressively worse. You’d have films that stand out in the crowd, but the bulk were either really mediocre or outright bad. Plus, a lot of their staff was now under Disney directly making some of the biggest bargain-bin garbage ever put to film. Films that were made only to help the influx of capital for the fiscal quarters they were made.
When I heard that they were doing a sequel to The Incredibles, my heart leapt. Finally, a return to form! Get some of the classy style that was modeled first in 2D drawings and then put to digital models. Great voice acting, great score. All the potential was there! Then the trailer drops and I realize that I’m seeing yet-another bargain-bin movie that everyone will forget about just as fast as they did Monster’s University or Cars 2 (or the original Cars for that matter). This kills me inside.
Disney is like the film version of EA. They take IPs and studios with good ideas and then run them into the ground. Does it not blow your mind the way it does mine that there are over twice as many mediocre/bad films in the Star Wars franchise as there are good ones? Over six! That’s insane! Marvel has been kept from joining these ranks simply because Kevin Feige is at the helm. Once he leaves, they’re next. It took a man with vision and a passion for the source material to keep this genre from becoming bargain-bin shit too, and there are people who make the argument that the brand is getting old. I think I have avoided this thought process simply because I only watch the films in there that I think look good. Pixar is gonna be their version of Visceral Games, one of these days. It hurts me inside.
Until next time, a quote,
“Turians think they know a thing about a scorched-earth response. Fuck ’em!” – Jack, Mass Effect 2