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  • Writer's pictureChristopher Fagan

Elemental Review




This is another win for Pixar. Taking my children with me proved surprising. The youngest, who loves video games and explosions was the least entertained but even he was amused by the visuals and the humor. My oldest two were the most energized by the story. They both were cracking up every ten minutes. Elemental did a lot to teach tolerance and more importantly to teach children how to talk to their parents and vice versa. Tackling the issues we all seem to struggle with in understanding people's differences and cultures is the main underlining theme. No, this movie does not have the typical villain so if you're looking for a General Zurg or Ernesto de la Cruz type you won't get that but the message of "we are our own worse enemy" rings true in this movie.


The main characters Ember played by Leah Lewis and Wade played by Mamoudou Athie come from different classes and backgrounds and have different life experiences. The trauma and pressure that children experience trying to take on a parent's dream and fears for them can be too much for us to take on but communication, another message in this film, is always the best way to navigate through the fire or rough waters, as both Wade and Ember have to figure out on their own and then together as they become closer.


This is similar to a lot of immigration love stories in Hollywood but with that magical Pixar enchantment. Dealing with preconceived notions of different cultures and prejudices that arise based on how you were raised, and how the world sees and threats you as a people or class is another impactful obstacle. Though I felt light the plot was inspired by every motivational quote you can think of like "Opposites Attract", Paula Abdule should have sung that in my opinion. The emotional tax you'll pay is worth the price of admission.


For me, I give Elemental a solid B -

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