Elemental - Review
Elements Can't Mix.
3.5 / 5
Directed by Peter Sohn
In a city where fire, water, land and air residents live together, a fiery young woman and a go-with-the-flow guy will discover something elemental: how much they have in common.
Pixar has had a bumpy road over the past few years, with more critical misses than hits. Marking Pixar's return to cinemas after being banished to streaming since the pandemic, Elemental is a bright, exciting and inventive film that continues the "what if [BLANK] had feelings? cliché.
Leah Lewis and Mamoudou Athie shine together as Ember and Wade in a fantastic 'opposite attract' story. Although it may wear its message on its sleeve, the storytelling isn't as subtle as it could have been. But regardless of the quality of the narrative, you can always rely on Pixar to deliver the best animation in the industry.
Elemental is a creative tale with a magnetising energy that pulls you into its comforting embrace acting as an unexpected love story as well as a tribute to immigrant families and parents.
It lacks the magic of some of Pixar's big hitters but still hits the right beats to create a compelling and memorable story that literally and fugitively braves the elements.