Today my family and I went to see the much anticipated first African American Princess movie, "Princess And The Frog." We had heard just before attending that the movie had racial undertones, however, we thought we'd check things out for ourselves. After 10 minutes into the movie it was clearly understood why people would feel this way. We were absolutely offended. None of us expected to see the old slave mentality from older movies in this film. Instantly you see the very well dressed white child, and the under-dressed black child, the black nanny/mammy and then the overbearing white slave mentality father, and not to mention the big pot of gumbo, and "don't forget to add the hot sauce!" It was entirely too much! We requested a refund, however the theater worker tried to get us to take a pass instead. Well, we insisted on the refund as we did not want Disney to reap the benefits of us NOT seeing this film. There were a hundred different ways Disney could have depicted this story without going into the 1920's and using old negro stereotypes to do it. My family and I are a melting pot and we understand the need for positive change with regards to race relations, but this film, if anything, takes us back to that old negro slave mentality. It was really hard to overlook what went on in the first few minutes of the movie to go any further. I personally believe that the writers thought setting the movie in the 1920's and in New Orleans, would excuse the fact that the movie is to a great extent, demeaning. Hyping this movie up to be the first African American Princess and hand-drawn 2-D Disney film in ages is not enough to overlook the thinking and sensitivity that did NOT go into the making of this film, respectively.
It doesn't just manage to deliver a little bit of everything but it does it with style and integrity. Iron Man is a film everyone can enjoy because it cares enough to deliver excellence on every front. The mega talented cast fit each main character perfectly and the story itself is told in a masterful, crisp manner. The dialogue is witty and what humor there is works its way seamlessly in to the natural order of the story. A couple of comic book style slugfests are included but inserted only as a vehicle for the story. Things aren't blown up just for the sake of seeing them go boom. What makes Iron Man a true rarity is that it's a fine film for kids but it's even greater if you're an intelligent adult. How many movies can you say that about? This is truly movie making of the most entertaining order and it easily deserves all the praise it has generated both from fans and critics alike.
Great Premise, Terrible Follow-Through
Reviewed by KHL for Awake at 2008-03-24 15:32:02
Anesthesia awareness is still debated among doctors, although the consensus is that it is possible, but to what extent? What could have been a great medical/psychological chiller turns out to be an hour's worth of corny romantic buildup, followed by a plot full of cookie-cut-out villains (where's the black mustache?). It doesn't help that Alba and Christiansen can't really act (as least in this flick). If you like medical thrillers, it's worth watching once, but try something a bit better like Extreme Measures, Coma or Anatomy.