Click here to read the full article. While “ Strange World ” explores a fantastical environment full of mysterious creatures and flora, including flying fish and walking rock columns, the action-adventure film also includes a first for Walt Disney Animation Studios: a gay teen romance. The animated feature introduces viewers to Ethan Clade, a biracial, openly gay teenager who gets completely tongue-tied when he’s near his crush, Diazo. More from Variety Jake Gyllenhaal Joined by Dennis Quaid, Lucy Liu, Gabrielle Union in Disney's 'Strange World' Why Disney's Decision to Forgo 'Strange World' French Theatrical Release Is Causing Panic Disney Skips French Theatrical Release for 'Strange World' Due to Windowing Rules, Sparking Outcry By French Exhibitors “It never got broken down like that. It was more organic,” director Don Hall said about the character’s identity. “I have a biracial family, so it was something that was easily relatable to me to … [Read more...] about ‘Strange World’ Cast and Creators on the Disney Film’s Biracial, LGBTQ Character: ‘You Don’t Have to Normalize Normal. It Just Is’
Strange World , the latest animated adventure from the unstoppable entertainment empire that is Disney , comes in hot and heavy over most of its 102-minute runtime. Set in a universe that's both intriguing and confusing, it offers everything from trippy visuals to daddy issues. Were they not accompanying small children, the adults in the audience might be advised to get high before stepping into this overstuffed creation. Our main character is Searcher Clade ( Jake Gyllenhaal ), a farmer who specializes in growing a plant-based natural resource called pando. Searcher is the main supplier of this mysterious power source, which largely runs his homeland of Avalonia. So when his crops start dying, the president (Lucy Liu) ropes him into an expedition deep underground to find the root cause. Searcher forces his teenage son, Ethan (Jaboukie Young-White), to accompany him on this quest, much to the boy's chagrin. Also along for the ride are Searcher's crop-duster pilot wife, … [Read more...] about This Thanksgiving, Disney invites families to an overstuffed ‘Strange World’
0 Arts & Entertainment Movie reviews and movie times for theaters in the Iowa City area, including, "The Family," "Prisoners" and "Battle of the Year." Let Patch help you decide what you're going to see this weekend. Alison Gowans , Patch Staff Posted | Updated Reply Movie information aggregated from moviefone.com Don Jon Run Time: 90min. Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt , Scarlett Johansson , Julianne Moore , Tony Danza , Brie Larson Director(s): Joseph Gordon-Levitt Trailer Reviews: Claudia Puig, USA Today: Johansson gives one of her best performances as the bossy, gum-chewing Jersey girl determined to change Jon into her image of a romantic hero. Tony Danza and Glenne Headly are hilarious as Jon's parents. Gordon-Levitt proves he can act, write and direct with equal dexterity. Full Review David Edelstein, New York Magazine (Vulture): The movie is a broad … [Read more...] about Movie Reviews: ‘Don Jon,’ ‘Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2’ and More
0 Arts & Entertainment Let Iowa City Patch help you find a movie for the Weekend. Choices include, We're the Millers, The Family, Getaway and more. Jessica Miller , Patch Staff Posted | Updated Reply - - - - - Movie information aggregated from moviefone.com Don Jon Run Time: 90min. Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt , Scarlett Johansson , Julianne Moore , Tony Danza , Brie Larson Director(s): Joseph Gordon-Levitt Trailer Reviews: Claudia Puig, USA Today: Johansson gives one of her best performances as the bossy, gum-chewing Jersey girl determined to change Jon into her image of a romantic hero. Tony Danza and Glenne Headly are hilarious as Jon's parents. Gordon-Levitt proves he can act, write and direct with equal dexterity. Full Review David Edelstein, New York Magazine (Vulture): The movie is a broad ethnic comedy, but there’s nothing broad about the … [Read more...] about Movie Reviews: Gravity 3D, Runner Runner
0 Arts & Entertainment Here's what movies are playing at Cinemark Movies 12 and North Grand 5 in Ames this week. Jessica Miller , Patch Staff Posted Reply Movie information aggregated from moviefone.com Gravity Run Time: 90 mins. Starring: Sandra Bullock , George Clooney , Ed Harris , Orto Ignatiussen , Phaldut Sharma Director: Alfonso Cuarón Reviews: Slant Magazine: Alfonso Cuarón's triumph is an invigoratingly clean, elegant display of action choreography, a La Région Centrale you can still take grandma to see. Full Review NPR : Cuaron and his son Jonas have felt the need not just to come up with ways to keep the characters talking — there's even a mildly sneery reference to NPR at one point — but to brush in backstory and motivation, quite as if the peril of being isolated in space with a limited … [Read more...] about Movie Reviews: Captain Phillips, Gravity, Machete Kills
Disney has two movies in theaters right now starring queer characters—but you’d be hard-pressed to name both of them. In Black Panther: Wakanda Forever , Michaela Coel plays a warrior with a female partner, a relationship given the most cursory of nods toward the end of the movie when the pair calls each other “love.” That feint toward sexual diversity is par for the course with Disney movies these days: sprinkle a little queerness in there for the folks at home, but not too much, so that it can be easily excised for the overseas release. (Either way, bigots are unhappy.) Very much not par for the course, though, is the other Disney movie with a queer hero playing this weekend. Strange World boasts not only a queer teen lead, voiced by IRL queer comedy icon Jaboukie Young-White , but that queer teen is also biracial. Between the explicit queerness and the interracial family at its center, Strange World is shockingly progressive—well, as far as Hollywood family films go. … [Read more...] about ‘Strange World’ Is Disney’s First Animated Movie With a Gay Lead. Why Is It Being Buried?