September 18, 2020
A pretty charming live action adaptation of Disney's own animation. I'm not a huge fan of the original, but it's still one of the better Disney animations I've come across. I'd actually seen the live action version before, but that was way back, at a time when I disliked whatever carried the Disney mark.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered a rather charming film. The London setting certainly helps, not in the least because it allowed Mark Williams to join the cast, but it's more than just that. The elaborate designs, the cozy decors and the overall chirpiness work well together and create a very agreeable film.
Performances are decent (including the animals), the comedy is light but effective and the film doesn't overstay its welcome. I wouldn't call it a masterpiece and its overly schmaltzy disposition can be a bit much, but overall I had a pretty decent time with this one. A lot better than I expected.