Minari tells the story of the Yi family, a family of South Korean immigrants who move to rural Arkansas with the intention of growing a farm in the 1980s.

While writing this review, I found out that the story is semi-autobiographical as is it loosely based on the director, Lee Issac Chung’s own rural upbringing and while I am not going to say that it is overtly obvious, it feels personal. And like the title states, this story is about family. …


Story

Ponyo tells the story of Ponyo, a young goldfish princess who wishes to become human after meeting Sōsuke.

The story is a fairly simple one, Ponyo and Sōsuke meet, and they go on this epic adventure after where Ponyo wants to become human.

Unlike other Studio Ghibli movies, there isn’t much underneath the surface and I wasn’t expecting the movie to be as simple as it was. And while simplicity is not a negative, I expected a but….more.

Voice Acting

Even though they are animated characters, Ponyo and Sōsuke have great chemistry and this comes from the talent of the actors playing…


Story

Coming to America the story of Akeem Joffer, a prince from the fictional African country of Zamunda who travels to America in the hope of finding a woman who will love him for who he is rather than the title he holds.

The performances in this movie are not that out there considering the ostentatious nature of the story, and I like it. The ridiculousness of the story stands on its own without over-the-top performances. If it had both, it would have taken the heart out of the story.

This is Eddie Murphy’s movie and I mean that in every…


Story

Palm Springs follows Nyles and Sarah, two strangers who meet at Sarah’s sister’s wedding and end up in a time loop, reliving the same day over and over.

The premise of the movie is very simple and that’s why it works. The premise allows the writers to build on it and create an out of the box story and creative ways to tell said story. It also allows for comedy as the situation in and of itself is absolutely ridiculous. (In a good way.)

Actors

Given the structure of the story, the movie is anchored by two people, Andy Samberg who…


Ocean Waves is a departure from the Studio Ghibli I’ve come to recognise.

Story

Ocean Waves follows a love triangle between two good friends, Taku and Yukata and the new girl in their year Rikako.

While not as ambitious as the movies that came out before and after and before it, the simplicity makes it stand out to me. The characters in this movie have emotions and aren’t afraid to show. That’s why I like it as much as it does.

Voice Acting

The voice acting is stellar. Movies like this require the acting (or in this case voice acting) to carry the…


Story

Soul tells the story of Joe Gardener, a middle school music teacher who dreams of being a jazz musician. After a shocking accident, his soul and body are separated and he must try to reunite the two while going on a journey of self-discovery.

The story here is a lot deeper than I thought. And without spoiling anything, it is quite existential without coming across as self-serving or preachy. And that I like the central theme of the movie is about finding what makes you, well you.

Voice Acting

Interestingly enough, I didn’t know who was in this movie apart from Jamie…


Story

Taking place two years after the events of the first movie, Stacy who is married to the prince of Belgravia and Margaret who is due to be crowned princess of Montenaro, once again switch places as Margret is trying to fix her relationship with Stacy’s best friend Kevin. Unbeknownst to them, Margret’s cousin Fiona (who looks like them) is plotting to steal the crown.

The story is wack, and I knew this going in which makes it wack in the best possible way.

Is it realistic? Of course not, but you’re not watching this movie for realism. That being said…


Story

Young Kevin McCallister is left at home when his family go on a trip to Paris and must defend his home from a home invasion.

The story is absolutely hilarious. While I was watching this movie I said out loud, “This is the best movie about neglectful parents ever.” And I stand by it. The fact that this boy’s parents LEFT HIM AND FLEW TO PARIS is absolutely astounding to me in a horrifying hilarious way, but hey, we got a really entertaining movie.

Macaulay Culkin CARRIES this movie. He has boundless charisma and because of that the scenes where…


Story

Elf tells the story of Buddy, a human adopted and raised by Santa’s elves. After finding out that he was adopted, he goes on a mission to find his real father in New York.

Apart from the main storyline, this movie is also about finding your Christmas cheer and it’s perfect for right now. Christmas this year feels very different from the past ones and this movie is a reminder to find the good about Christmas. From putting up decorations to spending time with family (safely of course).

Acting

When this movie came out, Will Ferrel was praised for his performance…


Story

Princess Mononoke tells the story of a young Emihsi prince named Ashitaka and his involvement in the struggle between the gods of a forest and the humans who want to tear it down for its resources.

Much like with Spirited Away, this is not the story I expected going into the movie but I have to say that the surprise was welcome. It’s intense and moving while also being starkly different from the other Studio Ghibli films I’ve seen.

Voice Acting

The stand out voice performances are Yōji Matsuda and Yuriko Ishida who voice Ashitaka and San respectively. …

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