BergViews of Glory

I really didn’t have high expectations for Blades of Glory. I expected moments of fun surrounded by tediousness. And, i mean, how could it top the fun i had watching Farrell match wits against Sacha last summer? Well — it does. The film is nonstop AweJaw funny from start to finish. What sets it apart from the norm are the unexpected moments of bizzarity that come out of nowhere when you least expect. This is Heder’s best performance. Yes, better than Dynamite. Nick Swardson steals the show once again. And it’s my favorite Will Farrell film. Sports comedy or other. I can’t get the end out of my head. I’m going back again this week.

Remember all those uncredited rewrites and polishes Quentin used to do on screenplays? And when you saw the film you knew those exact scenes that he had his way with? That’s sort of how Meet the Robinsons feels on a John Lasseter level. This film was put into production back in the dark days when Disney shut down its 2D division and went all CGI. These were the days when Pixar’s future with the company was uncertain, and EvilEisner was readying his team of Pixar rivals-to-be with Chicken Little. So it is of little surprise that Meet the Robinsons has the left over feeling of a chaotic narrative mess. Now, what keeps it from being Chicken Little bad are those Lassetery moments. In the middle of hours of tedious and obnoxious storytelling we are occasionally rewarded with a scene or two that gives some warmth and depth to the characters. Although this polish is most welcome, it’s unfortunately not enough to save this Back to the Future rip-off from being an ultimate letdown. The one redeeming quality — the very awesome Elfman score. Also of note – Disney Digital 3D rules (especially at the Ziegfeld) — but also proves that, without story, no technical and visual awesomeness really matters. Save your money for multiple viewings of Ratatouille.

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  1. bake snaker says:

    wow…do i really have to see this?  okay…i’m trusting you

  2. Mdhuff says:

    Hear Ye, Hear Ye!  All citizens to the square!  Today it has been proclaimed in writing, so from this day forward, it can never be repealed!  Today Cyberbosh wrote:

    “…without story, no technical and visual awesomeness really matters.”

    Never to be repealed!  Never to be denied!  (the crowd goes wild.)

  3. Cybergosh says:

    Yes!  Which is why i truly feel Episode I rules.

  4. cybergosh says:

    Even though i didin’t care for it all that much, it’s great to see people out there seeking out 3D venues…

    ‘Meet the Robinsons’ Has Largest 3-D Opening in History!

    Moviegoers across the country showed their enthusiastic support for the future of digital 3-D exhibition over the weekend as Walt Disney Pictures’ new animated adventure, Meet the Robinsons, grossed a sensational $7.1 million on just 581 3-D screens to become the largest digital 3-D opening in history.

    Engagements of the film in Disney Digital 3-Dâ„¢ represented 28 percent of the film’s overall three-day gross of $25.1 million on just 13 percent of the screens. Adding to the achievement, the film’s 3-D engagements grossed 2.6 times more than traditional or non 3-D engagements. This is even more impressive considering that the size of the average 3-D theatre is 243 seats. Meet the Robinsons represented the widest opening ever for a digital 3-D release, and played in six times the number of theaters as Disney’s Chicken Little in 2005. It is anticipated that there will be 1200 screens available to play digital 3-D by the end of this year.

    “The fantastic success of Meet the Robinsons this weekend and especially in its 3-D engagements is a clear signal that 3-D is bigger and better than ever,” said Chuck Viane, president of Disney’s Buena Vista Pictures Domestic Distribution. “This weekend’s historic achievement represents a great collaboration with the exhibition community. It’s also been a pleasure working with the 3-D experts at Real D during this time of growth and innovation. Disney has been a pioneer in digital 3-D projection starting with Chicken Little and Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas. We’re thrilled to see audiences captivated by this exciting new technology, and turning out in record numbers for digital 3-D engagements. The industry continues to make history with each new digital 3-D release, and Disney plans to remain a leader in this exciting and satisfying new frontier.”

    Mark Zoradi, president of the Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group, added, “In theatres across the country, audiences have been clapping at the conclusion of Meet the Robinsons, and gave it high marks on CinemaScore. This is a testament to the film’s funny and emotional story, its engaging characters and the excitement of seeing it in 3-D splendor. Exit polls show that digital 3-D clearly adds another dimension of enjoyment to the experience, and lets moviegoers feel more connected than ever. We’re proud of this latest artistic and technical achievement, and feel that it represents another milestone for Disney’s incredible Animation Studio. We also are excited about many other ambitious projects that will take full advantage of advancing the digital 3-D technology.”