Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame contains the best the Disney Renaissance has to offer. It has all time great songs, grand visuals especially in the realization of the titular cathedral in particular and two particularly strong characters in our hero Quasimodo and our hero Frollo. Even the more straight forward, and by nature blander roles, of Phoebes and Esmeralda have more character than they might have been otherwise. Of course the most overt tragic elements of the novel have been removed or changed yet the adaptation still succeeds in telling a darker story about Quasimodo's life, and as well as the particular motivations that compel Frollo. Unfortunately the worst is found in the three unfunny comic relief, in the worst possible way, gargoyles. They waste time with their shtick, but worst of all they horrible mess with the tone of the film. It honestly could have been the masterpiece of the Renaissance, but due to their inclusion it falls short.

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