Review by Steve Rhodes|
2½ stars out of 4
Disney's latest movie, BROTHER BEAR, is a gorgeous picture that is its
prettiest traditionally animated movie since THE LION KING. Bursting with
stunning pastel colors, especially in the wide-open sequences, the film is a
visual delight. Thanks to some great new Phil Collins music and songs, one of
them sung by Tina Turner, the movie is also a feast for the ears.
And then there's the script by no less than five writers (Tab Murphy, Lorne
Cameron, David Hoselton, Steve Bencich and Ron J. Friedman). It's kind of cute
-- but just not cute enough. Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas voice the parts of
Rutt and Tuke, a pair of buffoon moose who get most the story's few laughs.
Rutt and Tuke are a comic duo who clearly want and deserve their own movie.
The story, set in the Pacific Northwest just after the end of the last Ice Age,
concerns Kenai (voiced by Joaquin Phoenix), a Native American lad who is going
through the ceremony that leads to manhood. He's a headstrong youth who ends
up getting himself transformed into a bear. Jeremy Suarez voices the part of
Koda, the bear cub who becomes Kenai's comical sidekick.
Most of the story is basically recycled material. The movie wants us to
believe that its message is: "Love is very powerful," but most of the story is
devoted to Kenai learning that animals view hunters as monsters and that
killing animals is bad. Given the relative scarcity of corner grocery stores
10,000 years ago, Kenai and the rest of his tribe would be hard pressed to
survive without hunting.
BROTHER BEAR runs 1:25. The film is rated G and would be acceptable for all
My niece Liana, age 6, laughed a lot during the movie. Her favorite characters
were Koda and the two moose. Her brother William, age 9, said that he thought
the movie was pretty good.
Copyright © 2003 Steve Rhodes