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The Peanuts Movie Review (2015)

The Peanuts Movie does brilliant justice to one of our favourite cartoons.

“Whenever I feel really alone, I just sit and stare into the night sky. I’ve always thought that one of those stars was my star, and at moments like this, I know that my star will always be there for me.”

Peanuts has finally made it big into the 3D animated era. It has ushered in with the whole gang right from the underdog Charlie Brown to the wonder dog Snoopy, from Marcie, Peppermint Patty, Linus, Lucy, to Pig-Pen, Sally, Schroeder, Freida, Violet Gray and the little red-haired girl. To top it all they look downright cute and outrageously adorable.

The animation of The Peanuts movie is very lively which takes in comic strip elements into account. Little trivial things like eyebrows of characters changing shapes with their expressions, how they would dangle even on hats and how anything from Pig-Pen would always carry dirt around it, give the movie a beautiful comic picturesque touch.

There are things that will at once hit you with reminiscence. The way Snoopy would jump up in rapture with his nose pointing upwards. How Patty would always exploit Marcie for her work and how the former would always sleep in the class. How Snoopy and Woodstock will work together contradictorily and still be the best of friends.

Some of the bits in the movie are downright brilliant. These frames are subtly manifested just like a Schulz comic strip would. Like the face of the little red-haired girl has never been properly depicted. Also every old character in the movie has a “hard-to-make-out jabber” suggestive of how the Peanuts world only focuses on the young and the imaginary. The flick never even for once depicts the existence of a grown-up in the Peanuts universe which is quite an exceptional and thoughtful way of helming a movie.

Snoopy comes in with a sub-plot, as Schulz often would, where his imagination comes into play. His story adds up extra spice to the tale, and runs parallel to the original. Steve Martino’s Snoopy however is a hyperactive animal which was quite unlike Schulz’s quiet dog that would only speak through his typewriter. He has been turned into a cartoonish element that packs in or endeavours to pack in that extra bit of snappy yet clumsy comedy that was otherwise missing from the movie. For some this could be a driving factor, but for me Schulz strips seemed more profound as his quiet would speak a lot.

The plot of The Peanuts movie is an exceptional dig into the head of the fallen. The wishy-washy Charlie Brown who just can’t do anything right, ends up being a hero by doing the right thing. It is an educational chapter in disguise for people who have strayed away from morality.

Oh I almost forgot! Watch Scrat fail yet again in the little short that runs in the beginning of the flick. The Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe is as hilarious as Scrat could get. And now we wait for Blue Sky’s next venture – Ice Age: Collision Course!

The Pensieve: Lock up your memories

Movies are impactful. They leave marks and smears in our heads with their fantastical concepts and thought provoking ideas. But many movies are based on books. This takes us back to the origin, a place where a brilliant head conceived a particular notion out of mere thin air. Yes, the writers who were hit in the head with the out of the box rockets. So talented humans are! So talented! One such exceptional bit from a franchise we all loved beyond limit got impregnated in the head of Rowling. The Pensieve was one of the most badass ideas one could have ever imagined. Whilst there are myriad variants of this fictional inanimate beauty, Rowling’s invention still beats the craziest of all ideas.

Not only does it let you take out and store your memory but it also lets you revisit it like reality. You can have a third person vantage too, and experience someone else’s memory in a first class comfy seat. Just imagine the things you could do were this idea to breathe in reality! Jury would be dispensable as judges would have a blast giving judgments. You would be able to relive a joyful moment of your life thousand times. You can shun the worst ones, lock ‘em up and focus only on the good ones. Ah! Sheer bliss!

Straight from a movie Dumbledore

The memory cabinet was something we have always dreamt of. I have more than often found myself circling on the thought of storing my memories at one place, like a hard drive, to retrieve the crucial ones only when required. As a kid I used to ponder: Are we ever going to run out despite our storage space being so vast?

With the advent of a memory bowl like Pensieve in our lives, we would turn into better versions of ourselves. Wouldn’t that clear our heads for good? Wouldn’t that make us ballsier? I think we would be more focused, unleashed from chains of past, unaffected by fear of any kind, bold, brazen, zealous and more committed to every job at hand.

But Alas! It is chained to glimmers of fantasy and unfortunately we can’t have a shot at it. Can we hammer this beauty alive? Only in dreams, I surmise.

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