Strange World Review – Multigenerational Fun for the Whole Family

Strange World

Disney Animation has been a top-tier animation house for almost a century now. However, like any other studio, they have their classics and their cult classics—films that aren’t on the same level as a classic, but it’s beloved nonetheless. For Disney, movies such as Atlantis and Treasure Planet aren’t considered classics but are still cherished by a passionate fanbase. While Strange World isn’t an instant classic, it has the potential to be a cult classic. Because of all of its faults, Strange World is still a fantastic tale about three different generations who can still love each other despite massive differences. 

While the differences between Jaeger, Searcher, and Ethan Clade are fantastical for cinematic purposes, their family squabbles are still relatable. Strange World shows us that families are complicated, but we’re more alike than you realize. That’s where most of the heart of Strange World emerges from. The relationship between the Clade men drives the story forward. Weirdly, it’s reminiscent of The Godfather. That’s because the legacy of our fathers (like Vito and Michael) forces us to change who we are and prove that we can become somebody different than our fathers. However, we find out that we’re more alike than we realize.

Strange World is an entertaining and vivid sci-fi adventure film that’s fit for the whole family.

However, none of this would be possible without the voice work of Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Jaboukie Young-White. Their voice embodies the type of characters they’re playing and can evoke more emotion through their vocal feelings as well.

Aside from the generational family drama, there’s also an intriguing sci-fi adventure. The setting and creatures that Don Hall and Qui Nguyen develop are a fascinating mix of the conventional and the weird. Yet, interestingly enough, everything creature in the film serves a purpose. There are no wasted times when a creature is introduced just for the sake of populating the environment.

However, the mix of these two differing storylines sometimes doesn’t flow well together—especially in the second act. It’s like two gears that don’t fit well together. Thankfully, it resolves itself at the end, but the journey there is a bit jumbled.

Overall, Strange World is an entertaining and vivid sci-fi adventure film that’s fit for the whole family. It’s a fantastic movie, but it’s not without its flaws though. While Strange World had the building blocks to become an instant classic, its delivery is a mess. Regardless, it’ll be a part of the cult classics club because the characters and vibrant world are something that audiences will enjoy.

Rating: 3.5/5 atoms

Strange World hits theaters on November 23rd.

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