Film review: “A different world” – Disney has never done this

Film review: “A different world” – Disney has never done this
Film review: “A different world” – Disney has never done this

Strange World

Direction:

Don Hall

Actors:

Norwegian voices: Jakob Oftebro, Mads Henning Skar-Jørgensen, Elias Moussaoui Anseth, Jae Nyambura Karanja, etc.

Premiere date:

23 November 2022

Age limit:

6 years

Original title:

Strange World


«Charming and visually captivating, but makes it difficult for itself.»

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In an isolated valley high up in a Himalayan massif, lies the small community of Avalonia. Here, the idyllic utopia from Shangri-La has been realized, thanks to the cultivation of a type of electric grape clusters called pando. The Pandoen lays the foundation for all technology in the valley, and is something that Searcher Clade (Jakob Oftebro) brought home from an expedition 25 years ago, when he was just a teenager.

Colorful ecosystem

On the same expedition, Searcher was abandoned by his father, the legendary adventurer Hunter, who brutally devalues ​​his family in favor of getting to the other side of the mountain range that surrounds the valley. The plan was to come back at some point, but he didn’t.

Hats off for this movie!

When the pando crop fails, Searcher, who has distanced himself from everything his father was and stood for and instead embraced agriculture, must reluctantly embark on a new expedition. With the help of a giant airship, the trip goes down to the pando’s common roots, which lie in a colorful, almost extraterrestrial ecosystem, far below the earth’s surface. With him he has his wife, the dog and his father’s old crew, and not least his son Ethan, whom he struggles to understand just as much as his own father did with him.

And at the risk of spoiling: You can guess who they find down there, after 25 years. Here the stage is set for generational conflict.

Visually captivating

“A different world” is charming and visually captivating – the biggest star is undoubtedly the fabulous new world that hides under the ground. Mischievous, funny and scary creatures float in the air, trample over the mushroom-like mountain plateaus, or hide in the dove grass, which looks mostly like pastel colored rubber tubes.

It’s as if the bioluminescent planet Pandora from “Avatar” has been given a children’s version.

Extremely cynical

But “A different world” also makes it difficult for itself. A thriller that, ambitiously enough, is without “villains”, at least has to make the characters and the relational sit. But the film treats the potentially profound relational and internal conflicts too lightly, and especially Ethan, the representative of the rising generation, is so flawless and one-dimensional that he simply becomes rather dull. It’s a shame, since he’s also – as far as I can tell – Disney’s first openly gay main character. The fact that the humor is rarely more than half-funny doesn’t help either.

The level of thematic ambition is high, and a relatively unexpected twist in the plot towards the end works well both to make a number of apparently detached elements click into place into a larger unit, and to actualize the allegorical narrative in a way that children can also hang on.

Although the obviously related narratives of humans’ presumptuous predation on nature and the more character-based, accumulative series of sins and blind spots don’t always intertwine as satisfyingly as they should.

Strange World

Direction:

Don Hall

Actors:

Norwegian voices: Jakob Oftebro, Mads Henning Skar-Jørgensen, Elias Moussaoui Anseth, Jae Nyambura Karanja, etc.

Premiere date:

23 November 2022

Age limit:

6 years

Original title:

Strange World


«Charming and visually captivating, but makes it difficult for itself.»

See all reviews


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