Strange World (A Strange World) gives us a simple story, but with really moving ideas and characters
In the purest style of stories like Journey to the Center of the Earth of Julio Verne, the style of science fiction stories of the 50s Y Johnny Quest, the new movie Disney: Strange World tells us the story of the Clades, a family of adventurers who must join forces to enter a totally unknown world to fulfill a dangerous mission.
The adventure of this film is simple, but in reality it has a lot of heart, since it seeks to explore themes such as the environmental crisis and intergenerational dramas in a simple, yet heartfelt way, in a way that feels intimate. This, as a whole, makes a nice story, but it works against it in some parts. We tell you with more details (but without spoilers)!
Innovative and powerful relationships
Actually the only royal adventurer of the Clade family was Jaeger Clade (Dennis Quaid), a macho, agile, intelligent and daring man who went down in history for discovering territories and entering the depths of unknown worlds to colonize them. his son, Searcher (Jake Gyllenhaal) He never really shared his spirit, because his thing was research and technological innovation, which also led him to Build your own legacy.
Searcher begins to understand his father when his own son, Ethan (Jaboukie Young-White), begins to show that he has no intention of continuing with the family business, which consists of providing the avalonian town of a kind of 100% green energy from a plant called pando, which Searcher discovered during an expedition with his father.
Much of what makes this film interesting is that they seek explore parenthood from another point of view. And they’re not afraid to talk about issues like abandonment or unreasonable expectations that put extra pressure on children as they grow up. Searcher’s abandonment by his father has defined his obsessive efforts to care for and provide for his son and wife, and that in turn morphs into an anxious and suffocating fear for Ethan, who is searching for his own life. voice.
Interestingly, they don’t seek to judge the characters and give us space to understand them, and when the 3 generations eventually have to coordinate on a mission to find out why the pando no longer has its properties and is causing an energy crisis in the town, He gives us really moving moments.
we also need to talk about the film’s LGBT representation. Although it is being argued that Disney is introducing us to “their first queer character ever” for the millionth time, this time It’s not just about the main character. Ethan’s crush on a boy named Diazo (Jonathan Melo) is developed in a way organic and explicit throughout the story as an important part of the character. Everyone around him takes it as normal and at no time is he a source of conflict, and that is something that had not been seen in an animated Disney movie.
In a very strange world
These really interesting characters are accompanied by a great animation. The town of avalonia and the lost world that Los Clades enter presents us with more of a story of the type solarpunk, where it seeks to show us a world where technology and nature coexist. This brings us great designs of machines, ships and environments that are truly iconic.
But it also presents us with a world full of pastel colors with truly endearing creatures (splat He is extremely cute and he doesn’t even have eyes). Also, all the characters They have very unique designs. that make the world feel Strange World truly diverse and rich.
However, the story also depends lots of explanatory dialogues and the conflicts between characters take many turns before reaching the resolution that had been predicted moments ago. This can make you feel the story is derivative and that it takes a long time to get to the point you want to tell.
That does not take away from the fact that it is also a story that seeks to talk about how progress and technological innovation It is something that is constantly changing, and therefore what worked years ago doesn’t have to work forever.
The story has many ideas and develops them in the most humane and sincere way possible, but perhaps there are too many plots in one, and for that reason it sacrifices a little. adventure and dramatic surprises. But even so, it is a beautiful story that seeks to make us talk in other ways about family, the environment, and the inevitable changes that occur over time.