Flashback Friday- FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)

One of the many teaching methods that parents and educators use is to frame a subject in such a way that a child can understand the concept. Some filmmakers use this concept as the backbone of a children’s film.

In the 1992 animated movie, FernGully: The Last Rainforest, Zak (voiced by Jonathan Ward) is an ordinary guy who works for a logging company. Crysta (voiced by Samantha Mathis), is fairy who lives in a secret rain forest called Fern Gully. In her world, humans are a myth. The Zak enters her world.

Together, they must fight against Hexxus (voiced by Tim Curry), a being created by pollution who wants to destroy Fern Gully.

As a adult, there two points of view when it comes to movies from your childhood. One point of view is that as an adult, not only do you appreciate the film, but you understand the film on a deeper level than you did as a child. The other point of view is that while the film appeals to the children in the audience, it is not as appealing to the adults in the audience.  While I appreciate the message about taking care of our environment, the film doesn’t quite hold up from my perspective as an adult.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.


Flashback Friday-Legend (1985)

One of the great things about movies is that they can take us to places that we could never go to in our daily lives.

In the 1985 movie Legend, Darkness (Tim Curry) wants to destroy daylight and create a world where only darkness reigns. To do so he must kill the last of the unicorns and marry the fairy princess Lili (Mia Sara). Lili happens to be the significant other of forest boy Jack (Tom Cruise).  Jack must both save Lili and prevent Darkness from taking over the world.

I have mixed feelings about this film. While the magical elements add to the supernatural reality of the world in the film, the narrative is completely predictable. My issue with the film is also that Mia Sara’s character is the typical damsel in distress/hero’s love interest.  There is nothing more to her other than to the girl in the film.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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