I'm surprised this film has 4/5 stars overall. To its credit, if you haven't read Walt's biographies it provides a basic, workmanlike backstory to how Disney became successful.
However, I will reiterate the other reviews that the screenplay is not well done. The dialogue can be clunky, full of exposition. Handling Roy's wedding seemed more like a spoof. While the guy who played Walt himself held his own, some of the acting around him was subpar. Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) stood out as Roy for his particularly wooden performance. And, the overall budget felt very limited, more like a stage play version rather than a real dynamic film.
I'm not an expert on Walt's life, but I suspect a lot of his darker impulses (anti-Semitism, aggressive in work) were whitewashed out to keep the Disney myth in tact.
The big "life lesson" moments were ham-fisted, too. Rather than showing it, his father simply looked right at the point-of-view camera to say...
Terrible. I assume it was the director who made the actors turn wooden.
I came into this movie expecting to see stories from Walt's early life that show where the ideas and inspiration for his later work came from. Instead, it is almost entirely about Walt's days of creating animated shorts in the 1920s. It's accurate, but it's also ultimately as interesting as a movie about him eating breakfast each day because the connection with his later work rather thin.
Highly recommend this movie to anyone who loves everything Disney. It shows that if someone is determined to do what their heart tells them to do, even though there may be many trials and tribulations along the way, if they never give up, success will eventually find them. I particularly love the ending of this movie, but wish they would have chosen "When You Wish Upon A Star" for the song they put in the movie when Walt Disney saw the falling star in the sky above the clouds with a very recognizable shape.
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