Archive for August 9, 2012

Ranking Disney: #36 – Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

Atlantis is a movie I knew I’d be predisposed to enjoying, simply because I am fascinated by everything about the Atlantis mythology. I knew the movie wouldn’t delve too deeply into it, but I felt the general idea of Atlantis being the partial setting for the film would maintain some interest for me. I didn’t expect much, since my general feeling for all these 2000s films (for the most part) was that they weren’t good (I really hadn’t seen any of them before these articles). I was proven somewhat wrong by this (which is great), but even so, I wasn’t expecting too much out of this.

But instead, what I got was a really engaging film. It’s slow. That’s what I liked most about it. The pacing isn’t lightning fast, rumbling from one sequence to another. It had the feel of an older Disney movie, like The Rescuers. Sure, it had the requisite action and stuff near the end, but overall, I liked that it delayed their arrival at Atlantis for a while, and showed them on their journey for more than just fifteen minutes. They spend time developing things, and, while it’s not perfect, it’s perfectly adequate, and does not disgrace the Disney name at all. Which is the best compliment I can give this movie.

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Pic of the Day: “Uh-oh.” “Don’t tell me. We’re about to go over a huge waterfall.” “Yep.” “Sharp rocks at the bottom?” “Most likely.” “Bring it on.”