Flashback Friday-Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

The mythological island of Atlantis has intrigued humanity for an untold number of generations.

In 2001, Disney broke from its standard singing princess narrative when it released Atlantis: The Lost Empire.

Milo Thatch (voiced by Michael J. Fox) firmly believes that Atlantis is not a myth, but a real place. No one believes him, except for Preston B. Whitmore (voiced by John Mahoney) who agrees to fund the expedition. Milo and the rest of the crew find Atlantis, but someone on the crew may have another reason for the expedition besides simply finding the lost island.

I get it, someone at Disney had an idea to try something new. However while the concept is interesting, the narrative and character development are not what they could be.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.


Throwback Thursday-Back To The Future (1985)

I don’t know about anyone else, but I have long memorized the story of how my parents met and took those first steps toward being a couple.

In Back To The Future (1985), Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) has been sent back in time to 1955 by Dr Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd). His mission is to make sure that this then high school age parents, Lorraine (Lea Thompson) and George (Crispin Glover) get together, otherwise he and his siblings will be erased from existence. Problems arise when his future mother develops a crush on him and his future father is too timid to stand up to the local teenage bully, Biff Tannen (Thomas F Wilson).

Back To The Future is 30 years old, but it is as fresh and entertaining as it was during it’s initial run in the movie theaters. One of my favorite things about this movie is watching Marty discover his parents, not as his parents, but as teenagers. It’s a little disconcerting watching Lorraine have a crush on a boy who the audience knows is her son. But it is a movie, so suspending reality is not such a hard thing to do.

And the DeLorean is the absolute coolest movie car ever.

I recommend it.

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