Tuesday, February 15, 2011

MINI REVIEWS: Tangled & The Way Back

Tangled
TANGLED
Number of Nominations: 1
Categories: Best Original Song ("I See the Light")
Availability in US: DVD, Blu-ray
Trailer: Click for Trailer
Tangled is yet another great Disney musical, this time telling the story of a spunky Rapunzel who strikes a deal with an unwitting thief, who agrees to guide her on an adventure to the outside world. The nominated song from this movie is charming (and the animation that goes along with it is breathtaking), plus it was written by consummate Disney composer Alan Menken, who was the genius behind Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and more. However, my gut tells me that the song from Toy Story 3 ("We Belong Together") will take the category.
Grade: A
The Way Back
THE WAY BACK
Number of Nominations: 1
Categories: Best Makeup
Availability in US: DVD, Blu-ray
Trailer: Click for Trailer
The Way Back is based on the true story of a group of escapees from a Siberian work camp during WWII, who traveled several thousand miles on foot to reach freedom. The movie as a whole was great, and the makeup is really impressive. As the characters move from extreme cold to extreme heat and back again, their faces change dramatically, including chapped lips, sunburns, frostbite, and more. This film has a solid chance to win the Best Makeup Oscar, but this is also the category in which creature features like The Wolfman can take the top prize.
Grade: A-

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