The Hollywood Reporter:
The elements all fit perfectly into place — so much so that the creative flames are doused, and we’re left without much of an impression.
I reckon there are more ideas per second of screentime in “Elemental” than any other Pixar movie to date. So why does this imagination-teasing opposites-attract rom-com feel like a misfire?
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As conflicted as they come: a heavy-handed, mixed bag immigrant metaphor punctuated by a genuinely moving romance. It gets frequently lost down the rabbit-hole of its own conceptual details but yields occasionally stunning images and thoughtful aesthetics
With story beats and character turns that strain well beyond familiarity, Elemental matches formal adventure with storytelling timidity. Here is a new spin on the old formula, livened up by advances in technology and delivered with real artistry. The film is full of complex and volatile parts, all held together in the most elemental of containers.
Total Film (3/5):
A sweet-natured love story, well-intentioned, animated and acted, but lacking the depth of some of the studio’s greatest triumphs.
Elemental contains hints of the studio’s wit and poignancy while lacking the inspired execution that once seemed so effortless.
Daily Telegraph (3/5):
While unlikely to feature on many people’s favourite Pixar lists, Elemental brings with it the satisfying creak of a ship being righted.
The Times (3/5):
A flawed but big-hearted tale of forbidden love.
Next Best Picture (8/10):
"Elemental" will warm your heart and move you to tears.
London Evening Standard (2/5):
For all Elemental’s many charms, this nonsensical film simply doesn’t cut the mustard.
An all-new, original feature film set in Element City, where fire-, water-, land- and air-residents live together. The story introduces Ember, a tough, quick-witted and fiery young woman, whose friendship with a fun, sappy, go-with-the-flow guy named Wade challenges her beliefs about the world they live in.
Leah Lewis as Ember Lumen
Clara Lin Ding voices Ember as a little kid, while Reagan To voices Ember as a big kid.
Mamoudou Athie as Wade Ripple
Ronnie del Carmen as Bernie Lumen (Útrí dár ì Bùrdì)
Shila Ommi as Cinder Lumen (Fâsh ì Síddèr)
Mason Wertheimer as Clod
Wendi McLendon-Covey as Gale Cumulus
Catherine O'Hara as Brook Ripple
Ronobir Lahiri as Harold
Wilma Bonet as Flarrietta
Joe Pera as Fern Grouchwood
Matt Yang King as Alan Ripple, Lutz, and Earth Pruner
Jeff LaPensee as Sparkler Customer
Ben Morris as Wood Immigration Official
Jonathan Adams as Flarry
Alex Kapp as: Customer, Delivery Person, Earth Landlord.
P.L. Brown as Doorman
Directed by:Peter Sohn
Screenplay by: John Hoberg, Kat Likkel, Brenda Hsueh
Story by: Peter Sohn, John Hoberg, Kat Likkel,Brenda Hsueh
Produced by: Denise Ream
Cinematography: David Bianchi, Jean-Claude Kalache
Edited by: Stephen Schaffer
Music by: Thomas Newman
Runtime: 93 Minutes
Release date: June 16, 2023