Movie Reviews

These are reviews of the live-action and animated feature-length films from the Walt Disney Studios. These reviews include films from Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures. In addition, this category includes films from Pixar Animations Studios and Marvel Studios.

Which Disney movie had the best music this year? Which trailer left us wanting more? Who was the best director? Actor? Actress? And which film is the best Disney movie of the year? We’ll tell you this week on The Disney Movie Review. Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS

EP163: The Best of Disney 2017

Spoilers Ahead: I’m not even gonna try to keep this spoiler-free. You’ve been warned. I’ve sat through some truly awful movies since I started this blog. I’ve watched movies so terrible that I’ve begged God to grant me the strength to make it to the end credits while simultaneously writing an email to Bob Iger demanding a refund. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is not one of those movies. Right now, fans are overreacting. As I write this, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has the lowest fan rating of any Star Wars film on Rotten Tomatoes. With a 56 percent, it beat the record of Atack of the Clones by one point. I’ve seen several Star Wars fans say that this film makes the prequels look good, which is possibly the worst insult a Star Wars film could receive. I think many of these […]

The Last Jedi is Lazy, But Not All Bad

There is something special about Coco. I’ve sat in Pixar movies that grab you by the heart, make you cry, and leave you wanting more. I’ve seen beautiful animation, heard great music, and experienced phenomenal stories, but I have never experienced anything like Coco. The problem is that there isn’t just one thing that you can point to as “extraordinary” about Coco. There are several. The voice acting by Pixar’s first all-hispanic cast is phenomenal, especially from Anthony Gonzalez, who is the speaking and singing voice for the lead character Miguel. The music by Pixar veteran Michael Giacchino (Inside Out, The Incredibles) is outstanding but not overwhelming enough to steal the spotlight. A team of songwriters combine to create emotional songs including one refrain that is bound to become a lullaby in homes around the world. And writer and director […]

What Makes Coco So Special

There’s a reason Thor: Ragnarok is the best reviewed MCU movie on Rotten Tomatoes. Put simply, it’s good. It won’t hit the high numbers of Iron Man 3 or the flash of The Avengers, but without a doubt, Marvel is putting its best foot forward with Ragnarok. It’s clear Director Taika Watiti was given a lot of creative freedom and he used it to resurrect one of the weakest series in the MCU. Similar to the first movie, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is stripped of his hammer. Similar to the second film, Thor teams up with his adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddelston). That is where the similarities end. Ragnarok combines hilarious comedy, intense action, and deep drama to create a well-rounded film that almost anyone can enjoy. There are plenty of funny one liners, like the “Friend from work” line that […]

Thor: Ragnarok Shows The Best of the MCU

Spider-Man: Homecoming review picture
The Good: Probably the best and most accurate Spider-Man that we’ve seen. It’s incredibly funny and had a ton of emotional heart. The special effects are incredibly well done. It forms strong ties to the Marvel Cinematic Universe The Bad: The timeline appears to be a major mistake, but we’ll have to wait for more. It’s hard to follow the action in a few fight scenes. Spider-Man: Homecoming Spoiler Review This is the best Spider-man movie I’ve ever seen. There’s really no debating that. After six movies and three different spidey’s in the last 15 years, Sony finally got it right and Director John Watts has secured a $117 million opening weekend and likely a bright future for his career. Of course, this movie is really the product of an unprecedented partnership between Sony and Marvel Studios – a partnership […]

Spider-Man: Homecoming Is Best One Yet.

The Good: New characters bring delightful interactions Animation and sound design are brilliant Moral lesson is impactful Much better than the second film The Bad: Musical score is lacking Script organization lends itself to misunderstanding character motivations CARS 3 Spoiler Review It’s not exactly a compliment to say that Cars 3 is better than Cars 2. The first sequel to the 2006 Cars film is a low point in Pixar’s history. Still, that shouldn’t take away from the quality of Cars 3. In his directorial debut, Brian Fee brings a film that is a treat for the entire family. Listen to our full review below: An Aging Lightning McQueen The movie picks up as Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is at the top of his game. However, it soon becomes apparent that newcomer Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer) will take the crown […]

Pixar Is Back On Track with ‘Cars 3’ – The ...

The Good: It’s much better than At Worlds End Javier Bardem lights up the screen as Captain Salazar The Bad: Johnny Depp’s performance as Captain Jack Sparrow brings down the entire movie. The writing is clunky and provides pointless gags that fall flat. This is unlikely to be the final Pirates movie. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Review It’s telling when you walk out of a movie and say, “At least it’s not the worst in the series.” Yet that is where I was after seeing Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. In our spoiler review I talk about how this movie could have been much better if the script went through one more round of revisions. (Listen to the full spoiler review below). Actually, it may not have been the script alone that doomed the […]

POTC: Dead Men Tell No Tales Spoiler Review

The Good: A full range of emotion from full out comedy to intense drama and everything in between. Deep character development on providing backstory for multiple characters A grooving soundtrack Powerful acting performances and chemistry that leaps off the screen The Bad: Can dive into potty humor at times Potentially not different enough from the first one in style. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Review Marvel Studios recorded its fifteenth entry to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) Friday with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The movie is a follow-up to the surprise hit from late summer 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy. There are minor spoilers in this article, but overall the movie is worth your time to see. (Listen to a full, spoiler review of the movie below)   Written and Directed by James Gunn […]

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Review – The Disney ...