I finally finished my game reviews. Now, I will start my movie reviews. I will start with the Disney movies. I grew up watching them. Thus, I can easily judge their caliber as children movies. The first one I want to rate is the Hunchback of Notre Dame. It is one of my favorite Disney movies. Like we all know, this tale is a love romance between Esmeralda, Quasimodo, Pheobus and Claude Frollo.
Each man loves Esmeralda in their own unique way. The hunchback represents unrequited love. Esmeralda feels pity for Quasimodo ,but does not love him. Pheobus represents noble, requited love. He has a perfect balance between love and respect for Esmeralda. Claude Frollo represents the worst kind of love that a man can have for a women. He is obsessive, controlling and sadistic. He is the kind of man that if he cannot have a chick, then no one else will.
These three kinds of love are laid bare in the Hunchback of Notre Dame. They dictate the mood of this Disney movie. Over the top, this movie is bitter sweet. From time to time, things go quite sour. The songs in this movie are pretty peachy. I liked best the love song of Claude Frollo. You know, the one he sang while holding the handkerchief given to him by La Esmeralda. It was really creepy.
The introductory song also works rather well. Scenery wise, the Hunchback of Notre Dame captures well the mood of Medieval France. All characters behave like the ought to. It is interesting to note how Disney separated Claude Frollo into two characters. The good priest of the movie was Claude Frollo before he met La Esmeralda. The one who is evil all the time is the demented man that was born after he met La Esmeralda in the Book.
I think its pretty neat how Disney fixed up Pheobus. In the movie, he is no longer a pompous ladies man. Disney made him act like he was supposed to. In a way this movie, shows the ideal storyline of the Hunchback of Notre Dame. The one that has a happy ending. Its normal. We all imagine a different ending for books and stories whose ending goes sour. In any case, Disney's brilliant rewriting of the Hunchback of Notre Dame tragedy deserves 5 stars rating.