Walt vor Micky (2015)

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Walt vor Micky: Directed by Khoa Le. With Thomas Ian Nicholas, Jon Heder, Armando Gutierrez, David Henrie. Based on the book “Walt Before Mickey” covers the early years of Walt Disney’s career.

“As a Disneyphile of sorts, there was no way I was going to miss watching this film on the big screen even though I had to travel two hours via the Interstate through Kansas to the Kansas City metro area (appropriately enough since that is where Disney started his animation company) to get to the nearest theater showing it. The trip was worth it for me personally, but the film itself may disappoint others. Its quality is uneven; it needs the sort of polish and texture that the Disney organization would be able to give it. Donu0026#39;t expect something like u0026quot;Savings Mr. Banks,u0026quot; the Disney film that dealt with Disneyu0026#39;s struggles to get u0026quot;Mary Poppinsu0026quot; made toward the end of his life. While the story of u0026quot;Walt Before Mickeyu0026quot; is itself engaging, and the plotting, pace and dialogue not all that bad, the editing is uneven, the cinematography is uninspired, and the acting is just this side of wooden and amateurish. However, Thomas Ian Nicholas saves the day, practically carrying the entire film on his performance alone. His acting is earnest and sympathetic to the persona of a young and struggling Walt Disney; and the character he creates is believable and likable. In the final analysis, the film will never win any awards, but it has a lot of heart and wins the approval of those, like myself, who wish to see Disney (and the Disney legacy) treated in the sort of fair, even-handed, and yet respectful manner he deserves.”


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