Zootopia‘s message was bold and unapologetic. It even grew emotionally raw in a couple parts, and dealt with quite a few complex concepts in ways I’m not used to seeing. Frankly, if it weren’t for the fact it was squeaky clean, I would have forgotten it was for kids.
The entire movie was a subversion of stereotypes, the most obvious being gender and race, but less obvious mostly likely being LGBT and just anybody who is often put in a box and told to stay there. And it has SO many references that were for grown-ups, more than any other Disney movie I can recall off the top of my head.
This isn’t to say that Disney movies aren’t deep or sophisticated–The Lion King and Frozen still floor me. It’s just, I don’t know. This one felt like a whole different journey. I’m still mulling over my feelings on this one. No matter what, it’s a thought-provoking story with absolutely fantastic world-building. Concept artists for this movie should be lauded.
The other day, I watched The Duchess for the first time. It was a beautiful movie, both tragic and inspiring. I want all Georgiana’s clothes, goodness gracious. Keira Knightley was fantastic in this role, this may be my favorite performance I’ve seen so far from her. She took a character who inspires and captivates almost everyone around her, but desperately needs love and validation, and knocked it out of the park.
Ralph Fiennes and Hayley Atwell were also great at portraying flawed but complex characters. The script and cinematography were stellar, as period fans tend to expect. I wouldn’t recommend watching this movie if you’re already in a sad mood; strong and resilient though Georgiana is, she goes through way too much heartache, poor lady. (Warning, there is a rape scene, and while it is PG-13, it is still deeply upsetting and I think PG-13 does not fit the bill here.)
Overall, I’m glad this movie was made in tribute to a fascinating woman, and I’m starting to think Keira Knightley is one of the best period movie actresses we are lucky to watch.
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