Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

Number Rolled: 53
Movie Name/Year: The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
Genre: Children & Family
Length: 78 minutes
Rating: G
Director: Mark Dindal
Writer: Chris Williams, Mark Dindal, David Reynolds, Stephen J. Anderson, Don Hall, John Norton, Roger Allers, Matthew Jacobs
Actors: David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt, Patrick Warburton, Wendie Malick, Kellyann Kelso, Eli Russell Linnetz, Bob Bergen, Tom Jones, Patti Deutsch, John Fiedler, Joe Whyte

Kuzco is a self-absorbed emperor. He’s not cruel, per-say, just completely unaware that anyone in the world aside from him has wants and needs. After finding Yzma, his advisor, trying to do his job behind his back, he fires her. In what may be the biggest over-reaction ever, she turns him into a llama. His one hope to get himself back to normal is Pacha, a man who knows helping him will result in his village being destroyed.

It’s been a really long couple of months. Murphy’s Law made itself very well known. So, bringing in the month of October with an upbeat Disney movie is pretty much exactly what I needed.

It wasn’t my favorite, but it was more of an opinion than an execution thing. I really don’t like the narration style they went for. They used the kind where half the movie is narrated then you catch up to the first panel and watch the rest happen. I hate to admit I’m conventional in any sense of the word, but when it comes to narration, I am. I don’t like books that change tense in the middle, and I don’t like it in movies either. It’s distracting. The two exceptions I’ve found to the rule are “Army of Ghosts” and “Doomsday” both from the tenth doctor’s first season in Doctor Who. Of course, if there’s one exception there may very well be more.

Aside from that, I thought the movie was really cute. I especially loved the ending. No reason, I just thought it was adorable and uplifting.

In the long run, it was a good, solid, Disney movie.

Overall Opinion – 4/5

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