Elemental (2023)

Rating ⭐️ 7.2/10
Genre Animation . Adventure . Comedy
Runtime 1h 41m
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Elemental (2023) – In the city where inhabitants of fire, water, earth, and air coexist, a passionate young woman and a man who goes with the flow will discover something fundamental, no matter how many similarities they share. Pixar, at its best, is unbeatable, creating original films that are smart, charming, and bright, touching hearts and sparking imagination.

So, it’s incredibly disappointing to see the animation studio behind emotional triumphs like “Toy Story,” “Ratatouille,” “Up,” and “Inside Out” – among their respective year’s best films – recently falling short of its past standards of excellence.

It’s not just that modern Pixar has been preoccupied with revisiting its greatest hits with a parade of sequels (“Toy Story 4,” “Incredibles 2,” “Lightyear”), or their recent lineup of original offerings (“Soul,” “Luca,” “Turning Red”) all strangely centered around characters transforming into animals (a metaphor revealing their prevalence in films about different emotions, where diverse protagonists invariably spend most of their screen time covered in fur or scales).

Also notably absent from recent Pixar, a Disney subsidiary since 2006, is the mastery of execution that used to set the studio apart, the brilliance in constructing high-concept worlds and effortlessly navigating their intricacies.

“Elemental,” Disney and Pixar’s latest venture, feels emblematic of the studio’s struggle to reclaim its original magic, disrupting its world-building to serve conventional narratives that disappoint the talents of the involved animators.

Set in a world where the natural elements – earth, fire, water, air – coexist in a New York-styled metropolis, each representing different social classes, the film – directed by Peter Sohn, from a screenplay by John Hoberh, Kat Likkel, and Brenda Hsueh – aims high with its central metaphor but is immediately offset by its struggles as a racial allegory.

A problem exacerbated by haphazard meandering and writing so predictably formulaic that it feels like a Pixar film written by an algorithm. Occasionally bordering on the nonsensical, the film feels less developed than universal, a missed opportunity full of potential.