Some of the supporting performances, especially by Cary Elwes and Lena Headey, are noteworthy, but the rest of the movie is a sloppy throwback to a mercifully bygone era of adventure filmmaking, full of backwards mentalities and underwhelming action. When Pete is discovered and brought back to the human world, his dragon, Elliot, comes looking for him. One of the most popular film stars in Asia of the early 2000s, Yen is consistently one of the highest-paid actors in the continent. Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux are amiable mismatched lead voices, the story of love crossing class divides is just as simple and effective as ever and Bean's new film makes the whole story more inclusive (and wisely jettisons one of Disney's most problematic songs). /TISG, © The Independent News & Media Pte Ltd, Singapore, Donnie Yen mourns father-in-law, who dies after 2-year battle with cancer. James Bobin’s sequel to “Alice in Wonderland” certainly looks like an improvement on the original, with vibrant production design and weird visual effects, and a tone that’s mercifully less grim. Kenneth Branagh’s live-action remake keeps the original, classic storyline in place but amplifies the characters, giving the wicked stepmother (Cate Blanchett) a meaningful motivation for her treatment of Cinderella (Lily James), giving Cinderella a set of clearly-defined principles that justifies her every decision, and giving the prince (John Madden) enough time with Cinderella that they can actually fall believably in love. Add in some ugly character designs and an utterly forgettable new song, and you’ve got a film which made Disney a lot of money, but artistically has no particular reason to exist. 15. Of course Caro also put her star Liu Yifei through the ringer in terms of training and similarly touted her as an accomplished martial artist herself.
Style may be the selling point, but too often, it gets in the way of the substance. Another nebulously defined “live-action remake,” since the original “Pete’s Dragon” was a mostly live-action musical fantasy with one animated title character. Martial arts actor calls Daniel Wang, who was a jeweller, a "fighter". Disney’s original “Cinderella” is a masterpiece of animation, but it’s also a narratively thin piece of wish-fulfillment.
"Mistress of Evil" alsocompletely contradicts the story and message of the original, making both films worse as a result. Yen told reporters: “This has been a sombre moment for our family and it is difficult for us to calm down. So it’s especially cloying that Marc Forster’s “Christopher Robin” just plops these timeless characters into a tepid and cookie-cutter family flick about a dad who -- gasp! Disney’s “Maleficent” isn’t so much an adaptation of “Sleeping Beauty” as it is quasi-family-friendly riff on Abel Ferrara’s “Ms .45.” Angelina Jolie stars as a fairy who gets betrayed and violated by her human lover and left physically and emotionally scarred, so she plots her revenge against him by cursing his daughter, played by Elle Fanning. But when it fails, which is most of the time, it's because the film's literalist animation style is directly at odds with the arch, fantastical story and characters. It’s just the exact same story but longer, and only because of unnecessary additions that arbitrarily pad the running time, confuse the characters’ motivations, and shoot holes in the already thin plot. “Every moment Yifei was on set, she raised the bar. Wreaths from Yen’s fellow celebrity friends such as William So, Simon Yam, Richie Ren, Miriam Yeung and director Wong Jing were spotted in the funeral hall. Mia Wasikowska stars as Alice, who has forgotten all about Wonderland (sorry, “Underland”) and returns years later, only to find it taken over by darkness, a problem that can be solved only by more war.
Ewan McGregor shines as the adult version of Christopher Robin, but the melancholy cinematography, underdeveloped screenplay and creepy VFX renditions of Pooh and his friends make “Christopher Robin” a rough slog. Over the last decade, Disney has found itself dipping increasingly into its own well of nostalgic favorites. [I’ll] Always try my best to learn how to be a better father and husband from you. They did not, however, say anything when asked about his last wishes.
Picture: Instagram. -- spends too much time at work, and rediscovers his inner child thanks to the return of his old, magical friends. Lowery makes room for comic shenanigans, but he’s mostly interested in exploring our contemporary capacity for wonder. The funeral was held on Wednesday (Oct 7) at Hong Kong’s St John’s Cathedral.
Will Disney’s ‘Risky Gamble’ With ‘Mulan’ Pay Off. Specifically, they’ve been taking their beloved animated classics, remaking them in live-action (or mostly live-action), and producing one blockbuster smash after another. Hong Kong — Martial arts star Donnie Yen, who was close to his father-in-law, has been in mourning after the latter passed away on Sept 20 following a two …
In a new teaser for the film ahead of its Disney+ debut with a wealth of new footage, Caro talks about filming Yen in his role as Commander Tung for the live-action remake of “Mulan” and being blown away at how he manages to move a sword in one scene where he does a display in front of his army of new recruits. Daniel Wang, who was a jeweller, was called a “fighter” by the actor.
Yen has been married to 39-year-old Cissy, his second wife, since 2003. It was attended by family and friends. It’s a perfectly watchable fantasy adventure, but nothing about “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” makes a lasting impact.