I'll stan for Pocahontas. The songs are bangers. Colors of the Wind, Just Around The Riverbend, Mine Mine Mine, If I Never Knew You. Like, the story itself is extremely problematic but the music is on point.
Isn't It Romantic (2019)
There is much deserved griping about trailers giving away the whole film, or in the case of comedies giving away all the good jokes. Aside from the way that romantic comedies are unspoilable because they play to very specific narrative demands, the trailer for Isn't It Romantic shies away from pretty much anything relevant from the second half. It also leaves many jokes and certainly thematic strengths to be discovered. But 30 minutes into the film I did think "I feel like the trailer covered all of this in one minute" which speaks to a certain amount of slack in the setup, though there is some character aspects that need a bit more to set up the rest.
At its first level, Isn't It Romantic is a meta-commentary about the genre in an extremely textual way. She is self-aware of its tropeness and she like us knows this world cannot be real. A lot of this is really sharply observed. The subtext is more confused because I am not sure there is actually a right answer to the romantic conundrum at hand. Are romantic comedies bad because they teach us to strive for unobtainable goals, setting us up for disappointment, of are they bad because by featuring people who look like Julia Roberts instead of people who look like Rebel Wilson, they teach us to not strive for that which would make us happy. Should we ignore the "out of my league" talk, or should we "settle" for those on our level. Or should we stop focusing on other people to begin with and just focus on ourselves.
Overall, I just found this very good, though I suppose in true romantic comedy fashion the ending ties things up a bit too neatly. If they love and are attracted to each other, Yahtzee. But what if, in spite their social chemistry, they didn't have a mutual attraction, as is so often the case? I've read a few articles recently about millennial dating problems, things like ghosting and orbiting, and I suppose the real lesson here, as in real life, is ultimately you just have to communicate clearly. There is a silent tragedy when two people with a mutual interest stay apart because neither broached the issue.