Strange World – Movie Review

The voices of Jake Gyllenhaal and Gabrielle Union lead Strange World.

Strange World Review

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ original action-packed adventure, Strange World, is hitting theaters Thanksgiving weekend. It stars ake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid, Jaboukie Young-White, Gabrielle Union, Lucy Liu, and Alan Tudyk. Don Hall and Qui Nguyen direct the film. They both worked on Raya and the Last Dragon together.


Strange World introduces a legendary family of explorers, the Clades, as they attempt to navigate an uncharted, treacherous land alongside a motley crew that includes a mischievous blob, a three-legged dog, and a slew of ravenous creatures.

I went into this movie without checking out any of the trailers. But, to my surprise, the film will be relatable to many moviegoers. It is a story about a family that focuses on three generations. However, what I loved most was the focus on the relationship between father and son. Despite not always seeing the world the same, they have an indescribable strong bond. In addition, the exploration elements of the film are entertaining, especially when the Clades arrive in the hidden subterranean world. The bizarre designs of the creatures reminded me of what you see inside a kaleidoscope, and one loveable jelly-like creature will stand out throughout the film.

The movie is visually strong but needs help to grasp the Disney spirit. As a result, it is a pretty subpar product from the house of mouse. Executing the film’s theme, unfortunately, falls flat but still manages to evoke a tiny amount of emotion toward the end. Finally, if you cannot relate to the father-son elements, these characters won’t do much for you emotionally.


I give Strange World 3 out of 5 stars. The Disney movie delivers a colorful and abstract journey while diving deep into the dynamics of a complicated yet loving relationship between father and son.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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Sean Tajipour is the Founder and Editor of Nerdtropolis and the host of the Moviegoers Society Podcast. He is also a member of the Critics Choice Association. You can follow on Twitter and Instagram @Seantaj.

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