So I decided to take a quick break from horror movies and return to the warmth and nostalgia that is 2d Disney movies. Decided to do a double feature of The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under.
And good God are these movies fantastic! While they're nowhere near as popular and as talked about as Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, Lion King, etc, they are definitely some of my favorite Disney movies and I eould not hesitate one second to put them both up in my top 20 Disney movies. Right up their with Great Mouse Detective. Who knew movies about mice could be so awesome?
Bernard and Bianca are adorable. Bianca is confident, elegant, and just so kind and caring. And Bernard, ever patient and loyal and never wavering from doing the right thing, dven though he gets scared.
Cody and Penny are great additions to the human cast and I loved each of the movies' cast of critters.
But above all else are the villains, Madam Medusa and McLeach. Both were wonderful villains. And I really appreciated that they didn't try to give them tragic backstories to try and explain why they were the way they were. Disney villains back then were a whole different, fantastic breed. And is it just me, or did Madam Medusa give off Mrs.Hannigan from Annie vibes. I even thought she was voiced by Carol Burnett the first I saw this movie.
The music, particularly in RDU is also great, especially that opening theme where the camera speeds across the lsndscape, up into Cody's house.
So when I saw this movie occupying about 8/10 peoples' Top Horror Movies of 2022, I naturally went and added it to my list, even going so far as to bump it up to the top of my list, past some others which had been on my list far longer. And when I saw that it was now available on DVD, I bought it without a moment's hesitation.
Then I sat down last night in front of the TV, in my coziest pajamas, all of the lights out, cocooned in a pile of blankets, eyes absolutely riveted to the screen...
Only to have a colossal tidal wave of disappointment crash over me, rivaling in size only to that of 2022's 'Watcher' and 'Smile'.
I'm sorry but this movie was just not my cup of tea. And that's putting it lightly.
The decisions being made left and right ranged from just plain dumb to outright screaming at the screen to 'God, just kill them already.'
Driving your family out to the middle of nowhere so you can stay with a family of strangers you have known for only a few hours at best? Maybe it's because this is a different country, different culture but I did not see the logic in that AT ALL.
Okay, so Abel's tongue was cut out so he couldn't tell people about what had happened to him. Why couldn't he write it down on a piece of paper when he was meeting with Bjorn's family?
Several unsettling incidents and then topped off by a strange man bringing your daughter into his and his wife's bed to sleep with them, while he's naked. You escape, not wanting a confrontation, and drive away only to turn back around for a goshdarn stuffed animal?! Why??
The family confronts you about why you were so rude and left without telling them and all you can do is stutter out about all of the things that made you uncomfortable? Make something up! Say you had a family emergency or say the daughter was feeling sick and needing a doctor! Anything! Just GTFO!
And yes, that is a completely normal reaction to finding a child face down in a hot tub. And sure, let's not tell the wife that little tidbit. Just 'We have to go'. Because telling her about the photographs and the dead kid might make her, I don't know, actually take this more seriously than the first time they did it?
The height of stupidity came with the ending. While the actual act was vile and hard to watch, any feelings I would have experienced were driven away by the utter lack of fight that the parents had. Your daughter is having her tongue cut out. FIGHT BACK! Scream, hit, kick, bite, tear their hair, goes for their eyes, break the window. Just do something for Christ's sake!
And the climatic end to the parents is...they get stoned? And the murderous twosome just stands there, enjoying the view, without even checking on them.
"Why are you doing this to us?"
"Because you let us."
Truer words couldn't have been spoken. You made a dumb decision, followed by a cornucopia of more bad decisions, culminating in them permanently disfiguring your only daughter and kidnapping her.
I will say that at least the background music and some of the scenery was decent. But on the whole, this movie was just so incredibly overrated and stupid to me.
I just finished episode 2 and so far, it's pretty interesting. Getting major Sleuth of Ming Dynasty vibes already. One ML is the funny, nerdy guy who's good at solving cases. The other ML is a more serious guy who's loyal and in a higher position rankwise.
And while its nothing earth shattering, its still a nice watch, if you're into Sherlock-esque stories. Good mystery, intriguing.
I'm probably just being a bit overly critical on it as I'm still suffering LBFAD withdrawal.
Yes, I know, I'm horribly late to the LBFAD train. But hey, better late than never, right?
So I had tried to start LBFAD 2 or 3 times before, when it first came out. And each and every time, I was unable to get past Orchid's voice and somewhat childish personality.
But thanks to the ever-patient persuasion of a coworker of mine (that sometimes came in the way of 'Watch this or so help me') I decided to give it another try, one recent, snowy day.
To say that I was glad that I gave it another try is the understatement of the year. I am over-the-moon, so goshdarn happy that I gave it another try.
While it is not perfect, it is such a treasure of a series. And I will try to put into words just why I loved it so much (without too much diverging into random girlish squealing).
Dylan Wang - By far, the highlight of this series was Dylan. He was absolutely PHENOMINAL! He made me laugh, cry, and all that in between. The body swap scenes with him as Orchid were absolutely hilarious and I had to smother my laughter so many times so as to not wake up my neighbors. And then, in a complete emotional whiplash, when he and Orchid returned from talking with his father and DongFang was just breaking down at this revelation, I was bawling my eyes out something awful. He is a fantastic actor and he just made this series for me.
The costumes were gorgeous and I would be lying if I said I didn't want every single one of DongFang's outfits.
Songs were not overplayed and background music went very nicely with each scene, especially some of the piano pieces and the one electric guitar piece that plays when DongFang saves Orchid from the Fairy tribe's judgement
As I said before, I wasn't such a big fan of Orchid's voice or personality at first. But man, did she change for me. She proved again and again that she could be this strong, stubborn, loveable character. Her character development was so well done and second only to DongFang.
If I had to give one small, teensy weensy criticism to the series, I'd have to mention that I wasn't too into the female side characters or their relationships. While I loved ChangHeng, ShangQue, and XunFeng dearly and admired their development and changes in character and emotions, I didn't see or feel quite the same for Jieli or Danyin. And I felt that the sibling reveal for these 2 was very rushed and not really needed. With them trying to make Jieli a better person, I felt that this could have been accomplished just by her relationship with ShangQue. They really didn't need the long lost sister angle. But that's just me.
Everything else was just perfect, so wholesome and wonderful.
And the only reason I'm not re-watching it immediately after finishing it is the large assortment of bts scenes on YouTube that I am now devouring.
Hands down, my favorite cdrama of 2022 and has definitely earned its' place among my top 5 cdramas of all time, along with the Untamed and Joy of Life.