Strange World is a fantastically weird and strange family adventure. A family of explorers searches for a mysterious blight in a strange land. It Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid, and Gabrielle Union
Strange World Review: Story Line, Character & Narrative
Strange World has magnificent animation and an innovative storyline, but it tries too hard to earn the merit badge for diversity. The plot revolves around a family of explorers attempting to save their country from an unknown blight. They embark on a fantastic journey with themes of environmental and patriarchal reckoning. An obvious attempt at multiculturalism stands out. Strange World features an interracial marriage, a gay adolescent son with a crush, and a three-legged handicapped dog. To be clear, I applaud Disney’s efforts to be inclusive. However, the narrative could have used more nuance while toning down the melodrama.
Famous explorer Jaeger Clade (Dennis Quaid) leads his son Searcher (Jake Gyllenhaal) and an expedition team on a life-or-death mission. Avalonia, their home, has few resources and is located in a valley surrounded by an unbreachable mountain range. Jaeger is obsessed with mountain climbing. Searcher believes that his father is overly concerned with fame and glory. On their journey, he comes across a glowing green plant that zaps him. It could be a new energy source. Jaeger strongly disagrees. They must keep going. The father and son argue, while Jaeger continues on his own.
Pando, a plant named by Searcher, has transformed Avalonia twenty-five years later. Everyone has electronic devices that are powered by the green miracle. Searcher, a folk hero, lives a happy life as a Pando farmer. Meridian (Gabrielle Union), his beloved wife, pilots a plane that sprays the Pando crops. Ethan (Jaboukie Young-White), Searcher’s adolescent son, does not share his father’s enthusiasm for farming. He’s smitten by another boy and aspires to be a daring explorer like his missing grandfather.
The searcher observes the Pando buds beginning to shrivel. His worst fears are realized when Callisto, the ruler of Avalonia, (Lucy Liu), pays him a visit. Within a month, the Pando plants will perish. They are connected underground by a common root system. To save Pando, Callisto needs Searcher to help. They descend into the depths of Avalonia in a menacing chasm. Furious searchers discovered Ethan as a stowaway. The Clade family enters a mysterious, exotic setting. Amazing creatures and a human trapped with a personal connection are encountered.
Strange World Review: Love, Acceptance & Relationship
Strange World imparts acceptance lessons. Ethan’s love for another boy is encouraged by Searcher and Meridian. This relationship is portrayed in the movie as normal and admirable. When Ethan declines to be what Searcher desires, friction results. This is a reflection of Searcher’s defiance of his father. The grandfather, son, and grandson all have to accept their uniqueness. Treasured offspring must be allowed to choose their own path.
Another critical factor is humanity’s negative impact on the environment. Pando, the symbol of fossil fuels, propels Avalonian society forward but at a cost. Searcher realizes that his greatest achievement isn’t a long-term energy strategy. Callisto reacts negatively to this. She will not let Avalonia regress. Searcher must persuade her that Pando is not the savior they believed he was.
Strange World Review: Outstanding CGI Animation
Strange World receives high marks for its outstanding CGI animation. The unusual terrain, plants, and animals all appear to be incredible. Ethan befriends Splat, a blue-colored, oddly shaped creature. They don’t understand Splat’s gurgling, but its help leads to a major revelation.
The film contains both humorous and dramatic moments. The squabbles between Jaeger, Searcher, and Ethan grow tiresome, especially when it’s clear they’ll come to terms. Strange World will almost certainly be panned by conservative audiences who do not share its values. It goes straight to the heart of a cultural conflict. Interracial marriage, homosexuality, and disabilities should not be considered a problem. Strange World strikes me as a moderately entertaining children’s film. However, keep in mind that it expresses opinions that others may find divisive.
Strange World Release Date
Strange World is a Walt Disney Animation Studios production. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures will release it theatrically on November 23rd.