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'Element' review: Pixar's timely high-concept bonanza falls flat

EVERYONE HAS A FAVORITE Pixar MOVIE – MINE IS COCO, with Wall-E and Ratatouille comes very close to the second – No matter which title you like in the game-changing animation studio’s catalog, almost every title feels unique. (Except for the Cars and Toy Story sequels, though some of them are fresh and original) .

but in the past few years, has been acquired by Disney for over $7 billion Pixar back to 21, failed Shipping like this used to Soul Ambitious but too playable Jazz improvisation reversed . Luca fun in the Italian sun, but also too skinny up. Lightyear is an unnecessary addition to a great franchise The spin-off should have ended as a trilogy. Element

Bottom line Too rudimentary.

Place: Cannes Film Festival(Closing Night)
Release Date: Friday, June
Cast: Leah Lewis, Mamoudou Athie, Ronnie Del Carmen, Shila Ommi , Wendi McLendon-Covery, Catherine O’Hara Director:
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John Hoberg, Kat Likkel, Brenda Hsueh 1 hour42 minute

This brings us to element . Studio’s The 1234967309 feature, well, has all the elements that make up a great Pixar film : a high-concept tone that can only be rendered with dizzying, state-of-the-art computer animation; serious overarching themes about racial conflict and racial tolerance; humor suitable for both children and adults, although this one is more appropriate for -and-the next episode; A plot that hits all the right beats at the right time.

Everything is there – so much that Elemental might be the first Pixar movie to feel completely Works generated by AI. It’s not just AI computing all the images, but actually an algorithm that puts together the perfect Pixar movie. The problem, of course, is that there’s very little originality here, as do the thematic adventures that drive movies like Wall-E (Earth is almost dead!) or Inside Out(Bing Bong is dead!) or Coco(Man is dead!) .

In Elemental, Pixar’s consistently ambitious leap into the unknown is more of a safe calm water — Water is one of the four elements that drive the story, though only two really matter here – and many of them look very familiar. That doesn’t mean Disney won’t be a summer hit, at least when it opens in mid-June after the festival’s closing night premiere in Cannes. But the wow factor has been lost by this point, and what we’re left with feels like just another Pixar movie.

It takes about a minute or two to realize that this movie by Peter Sohn(The Good Dinosaur —Intermediate Pixar ), written by John Hoberg, Kat Likkel and Brenda Hsueh, is a giant and very expensive ($200 million, to be exact) is a metaphor for immigration and exclusion. Sohn said the story was inspired by his own family’s experience as Koreans when they arrived in New York, which had morphed into a dizzying metropolis called Element City — basically the Big Apple, populated by Earth , Wind, Fire and Water, with the latter dominating.

An immigrant couple, Bernie Lumen (Ronnie Del Carmen) and his wife Cinder (Shila Omni) arrive by boat in the city equivalent to Ellis Island. Travel from their native Fireland to bring new life to their youngest daughter, Ember (Leah Lewis). Without much money or connections, as members of the Fire minority, they ended up in the working-class neighborhood of Fire Town, where Bernie opened a grocery store called Fireplace for other people like him. Fire people provide service.

If you’ve heard enough of all those wink names and rather shallow jokes, there’s still something to be desired in a movie that strives to find humor in its parallel urban universe. There’s more walking fire, water droplets, floating clouds, and what basically looks like an old tree stump. (Earth is definitely left out here, most of its characters are dull as dirt. Or is this just another pun?)

A quick opening montage- de rules in most Pixar movies since Up – showing Ember growing up as a loving parent in a neighborhood far from the city’s hydro-controlled power centers. Her father wanted her to take over the family business but when she was in her 21s, Ember’s irascible temper suggests she might want something else in life. When a city inspector, the goofy and fluent Wade Ripple (Mamoudou Athie), accidentally walks through the store’s plumbing, it’s not really love at first sight, especially after he writes a quote that might shut down the Fireplace.

But as Paula Abdul famously predicted, opposites attract, so Ember and Wade start liking each other even though they can’t make any physical contact because, well, you Understood. The Pixar story algorithm takes over at this point, forcing Ember to hide this from a proud father who prefers her to stay in Fire City despite all the obstacles the two face in falling in love despite their inherent differences. relationship.

Water has always been a tricky substance for animators, and what Sohn and his team did with it, especially when Ember started working with Wade Impressive when visiting Element City Center. The expansive color palette, which included myriad shades of blue, turquoise and green, left the partially colorblind reviewer almost under attack, and the entire environment looked like Shanghai’s Pudong district had been submerged in a giant aquarium. Another innovation involved characters whose faces and bodies were imbued with constant internal movement, whether burning fire or churning liquid.

That, and some charmingly funny sequences – notably a visit to Ember and Wade paying the latter’s bossy probe mom (Catherine O’Hara) – however , which doesn’t make up for the film’s main flaw, which is that it feels completely predictable. Maybe we’ve seen too many Pixar movies by now, so Element would look more intriguing if it was the studio’s first rather than the umpteenth People are surprised and bolder.

That said, the immigrant fable that Sohn and his army of animators have created does feel both worthy and timely, especially as America seems to be stuck in a possible self-10 xenophobia not seen since . By far the most moving element of Element is the character of Bernie, a hard-working foreigner who does what he can to support his family in the big city, in His small supermarket, while trying to preserve some of the traditions of his home country.

His story proved to be more compelling than the romance between Ember and Wade, and it did exactly what you’d expect, highlighting the many difficulties facing the American people, The different races, both individually and socially, try to unite. If Pixar had taken more risks with this plot line, they might have pleased a smaller crowd than the crowd such a project needed to be profitable, but they might also have produced a movie that rivaled some of their best work Movies on a par. Instead, all the elements fit perfectly into place — so much so that water eventually extinguishes fire without us being too impressed. 1235162798 Full credits

Release Date: Friday, June 16 Venue: Cannes Film Festival (Closing Night) Production company: Disney, Pixar Distributor: Disney Cast: Leah Lewis, Mamudu Assi , Ronnie Del Carmen, Shila Ommi, Wendi McLendon-Covery, Catherine O’Hara, Mason Wertheimer, Ronobir Lahiri Director: Peter Sohn Writers: John Hoberg, Kat Likkel, Brenda Hsueh, based on a story by Peter Sohn, John Hoberg, Kat Likkel, Brenda Hsueh Producer: Denise Rehm Executive Producer Person: Pete Docter Director of Photography: David Juan Bianchi, Jean-Claude Kalache Production designer: Don Shank Editor: Stephen Schaffer Composer: Thomas Newman Animation Supervisor: Michael Venturini , Kureha Yoko Visual Effects Supervisor: Sanjay Bakshi Rated PG 1 hour42 minute 1235162798 THR Communications

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