In the age of the formulaic rom-com clinging to a permanent spot on showtime lists, it's hard to ask any filmmaker to stray too far from success. Going into The Hundred-Foot Journey
, it's obvious there will be a happy ending, a cookie-cutter plot and a sentimental overindulgence; the film (based on a book by Richard C. Morais and produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg) doesn't reinvent the wheel of storytelling or filmmaking. That said, the movie is a satisfying and engaging work of art with both class and subtlety.
The film follows Hassan...!--more-->
I am well aware that I am not in the target audience for Disney's Maleficent
. I am male, in my 20s and fairly orthodox when it comes to story structure; in other words, there are plenty of reasons to write off my opinion and go see it (though I am not advising total avoidance).
Just be warned that the movie has major story-telling problems and viewers might have difficulty figuring out what exactly is disengaging them.
In an era with movies like Up
that entice the attention of both children and adults via efficient openings,...!--more-->