DADDY ISSUES! Big honking DADDY ISSUES of the kind that hit very close to home. Otherwise, I think I might have been able to resist something so very manipulative, but admittedly well-done.
It's pretty impressive that they managed to create suspense where there is NO SUSPENSE. As with "Hitchcock," we know the movie got made. We know that Dick Van Dyke got the part and the penguins were animated and it made a shit-load of money for Disney and will now make more. AND YET...somehow whether or not she will sign did actually become an issue.
Really good acting all around, expectedly in some quarters, because we KNOW Emma Thompson will be brilliant and Paul Giamatti will be endearing, but quite surprising in others. This may be the first movie where I didn't actively loathe Jason Schwartzman and I've been kind of over Tom Hanks public persona for so long that is was nice to be reminded that he can act and actually gave some nuance to Walt Disney as both a bully and a charmer and even a seductive figure. (Never mind the union-busting, right-winger that I also know him to have been.) Although I hated myself for crying during his Daddy Issue monologue, it was beautifully done. Considering how blatantly Oscar-baity the whole thing was, I'm really surprised that it got almost no nominations.
Colin Farrell was awesome. Again, it's nice to remember that before he became a self-absorbed punchline he was a promising young actor.
And hey, Bradley Whitford! Thankless part, but nice to see you in a big-budget production.
But yeah, nothing hits me in the ID like a creative soul father figure being trapped by the evils of financial necessity. Not a drinker at the K-gal homestead, but still issues with addiction.
So yeah, I wept in the darkness, and it felt good. I've spent a long time refusing to cry at movies like this, sort of in the name of my bitchy, fannish persona, so it did feel good to put that part aside and just let it go and enjoy the music and give a damn about whether a movie got made that I know damn well got made.