96 / 365 – ‘The Incredibles’ (2004) – 115 mins
IMDb Challenge #59 / 250 – Ranked #191 – Via DVD Collection
He used to be Mr Incredible (voice of Craig T. Nelson) 15 years ago, now he’s a bored and flabby Mr Suburban insurance clerk. After an outbreak of incredible bad luck that turned the populace against superheros, the Incredible family went incognito. Mum Helen, previously Elastigirl, (Helen Hunt) is now feeding a toddler, their third child. The older ones Dash (Spencer Fox) and his big sister Violet (Sarah Vowell) also have secret superpowers, which come in handy once the family is accidentally propelled back into the job of saving the world. The danger comes from Syndrome (Jason Lee), a disenchanted fan of Mr Incredible, who has invented some serious weaponry to show the world what he’s made of. But the family isn’t always united or at peace with each other, under the strain of it all.
Well has I encountered my first Pixar film of many on the list, what can be said that hasn’t been said before about the cartoons that aren’t just for kids. Pixar have manipulated this unique talent for original but simple storytelling into an art form, but for me this originality was missing in ‘The Incredibles’ where it’s just transparent good versus evil superhero story, with its mix of ‘True Lies’ and ‘Spy Kids’.
Since making their debut in 1995 with the unforgettable ‘Toy Story’ Pixar created a whole new ball game in animated movies with their sophistication in digital animation and have continued to push the boundaries with each production they roll out to make them irreproachable in these stakes, again here the CGI is flawless and a gorgeous feast for the eyes.
Personally whilst I didn’t find ‘The Incredibles’ has endearing to the many other Pixar movies I will be encountering in my quest, where I would have liked to have seen more of Lucius, AKA Frozone coolly voiced by Samuel L. Jackson involved in the story, it is nonetheless enjoyable and entertaining.
97 / 365 – ‘Attack the Block’ – 88 mins
Cinema Challenge #38 / 115
Whilst five youths are mugging a passing nurse (Jodie Whittaker), a fiery object plummets from the sky. Inside is a space alien, which they promptly polish off. But they reckon without the rest of the invasion force and soon find themselves becoming unlikely heroes as everybody pulls together to battle savage monsters for control of their tower block.
You’ve got to give first time director Joe Cornish (of Adam and Joe fame) credit for brining us an original post-modern take on the alien invasion genre with its blend of authentic South London teenage delinquents. Unfortunately as much Cornish’s direction is witty and imaginative he does severely struggle to keep the story afloat its very short running time of 88 minutes, and all honestly everything could have been neatly tied up within the hour mark.
You have to Trust. Believe me. Atak Da Blok iz very funny, like – but and very much in the same vein has ‘Borat’ this hilarious laughter would only pay off as a one-time viewing experience only, Get me, bruv?
98 / 365 – ‘Ratatouille’ (2007) – 111 mins
IMDb Challenge #60 / 250 – Ranked #182 – Via DVD Collection
Remy (voice of Patton Oswalt) has a gift all too rare in rats: the ability to cook. His hero is famous dead French chef Auguste Gusteau, whose mantra is ‘anyone can cook’ – but only a cook who takes risks can become a chef. When fate delivers Remy inside Gusteau’s (Brad Garrett) legacy restaurant in Paris, he faces certain death if discovered, but for a lucky encounter with the newly hired garbage boy, Linguini (Lou Romano), with whom he makes a deal. Linguini is about to be fired unless he can replicate the delicious soup that in fact Remy helped secretly to cook. Linguini agrees to keep Remy safely hidden as his own little chef helper, in return for Remy’s exceptional cooking being in Luigi’s name. But the pair have to evade the vile tempered head chef Skinner (Ian Holm), negotiate the smart and ambitious young female chef Colette (Janeane Garofalo) – and Remy has to explain his inexplicable situation to his rat family and friends with whom he is reunited after their flight in the sewers, which led Remy to his new life.
After directing the disappointing aforementioned ‘The Incredibles’ Brad Bird and Pixar return to form to recapture that old school Disney magical story-telling formula that touches and charms the heart all through the eyes of Remy, the rat to make ‘Ratatouille’ a piece de resistance that even the simply wonderful Anton Ego (Peter O’Toole) cannot resist.