Continuing in the long Pixar tradition, (can this really be classified a long tradition?) The film starts out with a short film, this time the short is "La Luna". It's actually a wonderful little piece, that plays on tradition and individuality. Honestly, I think the film set up the feature brilliantly, and found it to be a decent short.
The feature itself, was visually everything I could have hoped for. Visuals that manage to stun, and inspire awe. Once again, the masters at Pixar have managed to craft a world that is visual perfection, with colors that manage to either pop or be subdued perfectly as the scene requires. There was never a moment when the film felt dull, or uninteresting. And just like a good soundtrack can set make or break the mood, so too can the proper color palette. Massive props to the art department.
Speaking of soundtrack, the film has a great soundtrack. Sure, it is full of bagpipes, but it evokes the proper mood, and frankly... It just feels properly Scottish. I could honestly, sit back and just listen to this film, and still find it perfectly enjoyable. And that right there, is a testament to the sound department.
The story though... the story itself is beautiful. It is a fairy tale that at once feels deeply familiar, like a nostalgic moment from childhood, and also new, and refreshing. It has enough action to keep the lads happy, and also has enough girly-ness to keep the lasses happy. It has humor, heart-break, and horror. It excites, it wrenches at your heart, and it rewards you in the end. Honestly, I do not think I could sing the praises of this film enough. The writers won me over.
Recommendation: See this film. If you have kids, bring them along. If you don't have kids, bring a date! If you don't have a date, go alone! This film deserves as many viewers as it can get, and I can not stress that enough.
Is it Theater-Worthy: Yes. I can't attest to the 3D aspect, but I can say that the film was a visual triumph, and felt pitch perfect in the theater. Will I still be buying it on Blu-Ray? You better believe it. This is a film that warrants multiple viewings.
Final Thoughts: In the end, when it is all said and done, the biggest compliment I can ever give a film, is paying for another to see it. This is a movie that I feel I must put my money where my mouth is, and I have already given money to a few people with the express purpose of having them see it, as well. This movie was beautiful, straight up, one of the best animated films I have seen in a long long time. Pixar has outdone themselves.
Frank's Final Score: 10 out of 10