February 04, 2023
Disney's latest animation is a welcome attempt to make a classic adventure film, but the result is pretty disappointing. Bland characters, a rather unimaginative universe, and toothless comedy stand in the way of a riveting adventure. And considering the financial flop this turned out to be, I'm not the only one who felt that way.
The Clades are respected adventurers, but son Searcher is more interested in plants and farming. His father is devastated when he hears he doesn't want to follow in his footsteps. Years later fate brings them back together. Their world is slowly dying and Searcher goes on a mission to rescue it.
The characters are pretty boring, the art style feels very familiar (despite all the comic book references) and the plot doesn't hold many surprises. But the most damning thing is that Strange World's universe just isn't all that exciting to explore. This kind of creativity has never been Disney's strong suit, and it's clear they didn't manage to turn the tables.