'Puzzle' is Well Made, but a Few Pieces are Missing

Based on the film Rompecabezas, Puzzle is one of those little-known independent films that sneaks into theaters with little to no fanfare, although the fact that it is being promoted “from the producer of Little Miss Sunshine” should help it get noticed somewhat. Puzzle is a quiet, little film about a woman who discovers that jigsaw puzzles are the key to changing her life. While the subject matter doesn’t sound all that exciting, the film really isn’t about puzzles but instead about one finding their voice, or so it appears. It’s also a message film that has its own agenda expecting the audience to agree with the choices of the main character and applaud her “brave” behavior. Frankly, it just feels manipulative.

Directed by Marc Turtletaub, Puzzle’s most impactful scene comes within the first few minutes. We see Agnes (Kelly MacDonald) cleaning up the house and they decorating it for a birthday party. Then we see her serving appetizers while being ignored by the guests. …

‘Big Hero 6’ will be Huge

Neatnik Wasabi, Go Go Tomago, Honey Lemon, Fred, Hiro and Baymax make up "Big Hero 6."
Neatnik Wasabi, Go Go Tomago, Honey Lemon, Fred, Hiro and Baymax make up "Big Hero 6." (Walt Disney Animation)

The comic book that inspired the movie.
The comic book that inspired the movie.
(Marvel Comics)
All those naysayers, (myself included), who thought that Disney was making a big mistake purchasing Marvel, thinking that the two entities would not be able to mix well should be able to relax now. Yes, the traditional Marvel movies bases on Ironman and others have done just fine, but Big Hero 6 is the first creation to be Disney-fied. In fact, the movie is so far removed from its original source, Disney barely even mentions the Marvel tie-in (although, like all Marvel movies, Stan Lee has a cameo in this one too). In theory, it shouldn’t have worked. But it does big time. In fact, expect Big Hero 6 merchandise to be sold out before Christmas.

One of the weirdest marketing promotions for the film is the phrase, “From the team behind Frozen.” Big Hero 6 isn’t remotely like Frozen. It isn’t a musical, isn’t centered on princesses and really is intended for a different audience. However, expect it to be just as big. Boys, girls and their parents will love this movie. The film will surprise viewers in other ways too. It takes more serious themes from comic books (death and revenge) and makes it kid-friendly. Really. It is both “cute and cuddly” and “big adventure.” Disney could really for far with this one. It could be the company’s version of Scooby-Doo.

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