A beautiful film; heartfelt, sweet, funny, emotional, full of magic and love.
Barley and Ian, two elf brothers, after stumbling upon a letter from their late father, go on a magical quest to find a rare gem that will allow them to bring their dad back for a day. I love that it involved the whole family, including their mother who then followed them to ensure their safety, from the curse that will also unleash upon the release of the gem. It’s not often you see the whole family involved in the journey of these movies.
I found Barley to be a little annoying at times, very full on, in your face, loud, crazy yet funny, brave and sweet, compared to Ian’s soft, shy and humble nature. Barley who spends his days playing magical quest games and not taking life seriously.
Ian on the other hand, making lists of things he wants to achieve, but timid and afraid at times (refuses to learn to drive) to put himself out there.
They don’t have a solid relationship, both so different, but their journey allows them to really see each other and bond. Connecting with Ian, Barley becomes a great big brother, guiding and encouraging him to be more confident; pushed out of his comfort zone, past his fears, without Ian even realising it.
It was so emotional throughout the entire movie; there were a lot of laughs, some fun humorous moments but the on-going theme of love and family was on the forefront.
I loved the ending, a twist I didn’t expect, it was so heartfelt. It made me sob. Plus Ian realising he had a father figure all along, as his relationship with his brother grew throughout the movie.
Tom was great as Ian, the comedic timing, the emotional parts, he nailed. Chris Pratt and Tom bounced off one another in the most perfect way, they just clicked.
Disney/Pixar movies are family friendly, as was this but what I loved most was the way it had this realism within its theme about family and how far one would go for their loved ones. A beautiful story of brotherhood, love and loss and to learning to let go, and moving forward.
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