MOVIE REVIEW: Zootopia (2016)

Review of Zootopia (2016, US)
A film by byron howard, rich moore & jared bush

Just when one can be forgiven to think that there is already a surplus of animated features that deal with just about anything that does not speak in real life—from talking mice to talking chickens, from talking cars to talking planes—comes a menagerie of talking mammals in Disney’s Zootopia starring a bunny who dream of becoming a cop in a world built, run and lived by mammals who walk in two feet, dress up and works for a living like humans do, and use technology dominated by a carrot-with-a-bite company.

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It is such a thrilling idea to see a metropolis designed by animals themselves. While the presentation of this world is frugal in the form of showing the daily lives and behaviors of these mammals, it is still quite a fascinating sight to see how everything works fine in an ecosystem that has fairly adapted from what the norms apparently are.

Zootopia paves the way to a surprisingly mature exploration of inclusivity in a mammal-centric metropolis where anyone, great and small, can be someone. The latest offering from Walt Disney Animation Studios takes pride in its well-crafted piece of animation which cements yet again the creativity and brilliance of its production team.

The end product gives a tasteful mix of noir and mystery, engaging audiences of all ages in spite of a rather serious theme that further tackles diversity and emphasis on moral worth of an individual.

R-rated superhero film ‘Deadpool’ tops PH box-office weekend at P145-M

The hyper-hero “Deadpool,” the latest Marvel superhero everyone’s talking about and can’t get enough of has landed number one at the Phils.’ box-office with an impressive haul of P 145 million on its first five days of release (opened Feb. 10).

Dominating a crowded week and despite its R-rating, “Deadpool” has seen new and repeat viewing cineastes such that its box-office dominance carried on over the red-hot Valentine’s weekend. Its opening weekend grossed a total of P 145M, surpassing that of “Fifty Shades of Grey’s” opening weekend at P94M. “Deadpool” now holds the Biggest Opening Weekend for an R-rated film all-time industry-wide. So far, with its remarkable opening weekend, “Deadpool” now stands as the Biggest Opening Weekend for the year industry-wide, beating “Everything About Her” and is now the 2nd Biggest Fox Opening Weekend all-time, outranking “Taken’s” P106.8M and next to “X-Men: Days of Future Past’s” PhP175M.

With the nation’s penchant for a good laugh and craving for a new adventure, “Deadpool” breakthroughs as a relatable superhero who does indeed breaks the fourth wall, talking to the audience that never fails to elicit rip-roaring laughter among viewers in cinemas across the nation. “Deadpool” to-date continues to pull viewers in and from its opening weekend report, following are the top cinemas where “Deadpool” grossed the highest:

SM MALL OF ASIA (6.7M); SM MEGAMALL (6.2M); SM NORTH EDSA/THE BLOCK (5.8M); TRINOMA (4.3M); SM CEBU (3.7M); GLORIETTA4 (3.5M); GREENBELT3 (3.4M); GATEWAY CINEPLEX/ALIMALL (3.1M); SM AURA (3M); EASTWOOD (2.7M); BONIFACIO HIGHSTREET (2.46M); ALABANG TOWN CENTER (2.45M); AYALA CEBU(2.26M); THEATREMALL (2.23M); SM CLARK (2.14M); POWERPLANT (2.11M); SM SOUTHMALL (2M); SM ILOILO (1.98M); SHANG CINEPLEX (1.96M) AND NEWPORT (1.92M).

“Deadpool” which also opened in the US at top spot, starring Ryan Reynolds and directed by first timed director Tim Miller is based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. Also starring in “Deadpool” are Morena Baccarin, TJ Miller, Ed Skrein, Gina Carano and Brianna Hildebrand.

“Deadpool” is currently in cinemas nationwide in 2D, IMAX and 4DX screens from 20th Century Fox distributed by Warner Bros.

WATCH: Sister queens war in new ‘The Hunstman: Winter’s War’ trailer

Discover the story that came before Snow White in Universal Pictures’ new fantasy adventure “The Huntsman: Winter’s War.” Chris Hemsworth and Oscar® winner Charlize Theron return to their roles from “Snow White and the Huntsman,” joined by Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain.

Watch the film’s newly-released trailer below.

Theron stars as evil Queen Ravenna, who betrays her good sister Freya (Blunt) with an unforgivable act, freezing Freya’s heart to love and unleashing in her an icy power she never knew she possessed. Retreating to a kingdom far to the north, Freya raises an army of Huntsmen as her protectors, with the only rule that no two of them should ever fall in love.

As a war for domination escalates between the two queens, the hero standing between them is Freya’s most elite Huntsman, Eric (Hemsworth). Alongside fellow warrior Sara (Chastain)—the only woman who has ever captured his heart—Eric must help Freya vanquish her sister…or Ravenna’s wickedness will rule for eternity.

Producer Joe Roth (“Maleficent,” “Alice in Wonderland”) once again leads the team in this breathtaking prequel in the legendary saga that is directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. This season, find out who will win the war between good and evil in the epic action-adventure “The Huntsman: Winter’s War.”

Opening across the Philippines on April 13, 2016, “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.