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Year: 2023 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (XWide) 
Certificate: BBFC PG Cert – Parental guidance 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Peter Sohn 
Starring: Leah Lewis, Mamoudou Athie, Ronnie Del Carmen  
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This latest Disney animation certainly shows the quirky comedy and heartfelt moments we have come to expect. Whilst this may just seem like another animated family film, which leaves you with pleasant feelings but doesn’t have much below the surface, it actually has a bit more to it which makes the film far more interesting. Director Peter Sohn (known for directing The Good Dinosaur) draws inspiration from his own past growing up in New York City as the son of Korean immigrants. His experiences of prejudice whilst growing up in an area of strong ethnic and cultural diversity all act as key themes of the film, which builds a stronger narrative that many viewers can relate to.

The story follows Ember (Leah Lewis), a fire element, and Wade (Mamoudou Athie), a water element, as they attempt to save Ember’s parents' store. They grow closer together as the journey goes on and they learn more about themselves. The film draws inspiration from classic romance films, and is certainly a heartwarming watch which will have you leaving the cinema smiling!

James Patt

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Screenings of this film:

2023/2024 Autumn Term (digital)