Strange World

Strange World

Disney Director Don Hall returns to the big screen with what’s called, Disney’s most controversial animation film called – Strange World.

Don Hall is famous for numerous animation films at Disney such as the likes of Big Hero 6, Moana, and Tarzan. All these films have in some way or the other raised either you or your children.

So imagine the shock that followed after a disappointing box office week which saw Strange World only rack up a couple of million in its first week of release, and to this day has not even made a profitable outcome.

I hope that by the end of this review, you decide for yourself whether the movie is worth watching, now that we’ve gotten the ugly out of the way, let’s dive into the review.

We follow the events of Three generations of a legendary family of explorers, who find themselves in an uncharted land with strange creatures. If they want to survive the numerous dangers, they must bridge their differences and start working together to find their way through these untraveled lands.

It’s simple to assume at the beginning of the film that Strange World will be centered around the father and Son duo, Jeager Clade and Searcher Clade, who even though share the same last name, are two completely different people in general.

Jeager Clade voiced by Dennis Quaid is an explorer, who wants to achieve his dream of crossing the mountains that have kept them forever in the same place, and is willing to even abandon his son for this dream.

While on the other hand, Searcher Clade voiced by Jake Gyllenhaal only wants to be a farmer. He is nothing like his father when it comes to body physic but the one thing that they do have in common is their driving force to achieve their goals.

Strange World promotes itself as a fun, adventurous, quirky film for children and adults alike, and this is great by all means, however, there are some moments during the film that feel as though is a little too much for the comprehension of children.

As I stated before, you’ll assume that the focus will mainly involve the relationship between father and son, but the film takes it up a notch when it begins mentioning themes outside the scope of children and tries to handle everyone’s relationship with care but forgetting the core reason why we brought our kids to watch this movie.

Which is to explore this so-called Strange World.

As for the Strange World itself, I found it aesthetically pleasing in the beginning as we arrived, the creatures are unique and the visuals are somewhat captivating as you see them for the first time, but then you realize that your halfway through the movie without seeing anything new and you begin to wonder, what’s going on.

I think the main attraction of Strange World would have to be its prestigious cast, you have cast members such as Gabrielle Union who I think did incredible with her character Meridian Clade, but you also have actors and actresses like Jake Gyllenhaal and Lucy Liu.

One aspect that no one can take away from this film is that it gives everyone a sense of belonging with its diverse characters, we have black, white, Asian, and Native Americans all in one film, helping one another and working together.

On that note, another element that truly took me by surprise was towards the end, when you finally discover what lies beyond the mountains. To think that these people have been living on a giant turtle’s back for generations.

This is a rip-off from Avatar: The Last Air Bender by the way lol…

All in all, Strange World in my last words is not strange enough to have me wondering if I’ll ever watch it again. It takes a lot of ideas from other movies and mashes them into one introducing a lot of themes and ideas that aren’t all answered but left to the audience to decide.

Probably one of the most woke animation films I’ve seen from Disney and yet, I enjoyed it. I only worry that the film may be for a specific kind of audience and that children may not truly understand some of the more mature themes presented during the movie.

For this, I give Strange World a 2.9 out of 5 rating.

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Hope to see you at the next one.

Until then, stay blessed.Strange World
Star Ratings

Don Hall

I love them all, but I think the creatures we call the Filterlopes, they look kind of like an elk, but then they have almost a peacock fan that fans out, I just think they're really elegant and beautiful. And originally I think they were only in one little sequence and I think everybody fell in love with them, so we just kind of started peppering them throughout the movie.

Three generations of a legendary family of explorers will find themselves in an uncharted land with strange creatures. If they want to survive from the numerous dangers, they must bridge their differences and work together.
  • Jaboukie Young-White
  • Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Dennis Quaid
  • Gabrielle Union
  • Lucy Liu
  • Alan Tudyk
  • Francesca Reale
  • Abraham Benrubi
  • Karan Soni
  • Nik Dodani
  • Jonathan Melo
  • Adelina Anthony
  • Qui Nguyen
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • Walt Disney Studios
  • 1h 42mins

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