Veinte años y Atlantis se sigue viendo de maravilla como en su primer momento, efectos especiales que se mantienen muy bien y una animación que casi no ha envejecido, en definitiva es uno de los mejores clásicos de Disney a su vez que también es uno de los mas infravalorados de todos los tiempos.
While Atlantis: The Lost Empire is overall an entertaining, nostalgia filled film that does have a few high moments, the story itself is ultimately a bit bland and isn't on the same level as many of Disney's other animated films.
I think when it comes to these big studio animated movies, even these "bad" or these more hated and mediocre ones are still fine movies as they are. It was the case with Sinbad, Road to El Dorado which I specifically wanted to see because of the metascores, and it is definitely the case with Atlantis too. I thought this was a perfectly enjoyable adventure film that doesn't exactly stand out with its story or characters, but absolutely does with its animation which was at times breathtaking. Especially early on in the movie there was an underwater shot that combined 2D and 3D animation and it was absolutely enchanting to watch. Although there are a few nitpicks, like the character Audrey's lips that at points looked ****, and also Milo's cat early in the film. That wasn't a cat.
I did enjoy watching many of the characters, but there are way too many of them. There's like one scene of them actually having a conversation and telling some of their backstories, but a lot of it is just each of them telling their story on their turn which wasn't that convincing. And some of them didn't even do that. The main character, Milo, asks about this one character at one point whose name I can't even remember and another character just says "You don't wanna know." Why the f*ck is he in this movie then? He didn't do s*it for the whole film and never even got a backstory.
The story was decently enjoyable to follow. Although a lot of it is just Milo reading and figuring out something or talking with the character Kida, and it felt like the viewer was never really cued in to the thing. I somewhat knew what they were doing but there wasn't enough of visual storytelling so I was mostly just following exposition and the characters being excited about... something. There were points during the second act that were honestly pretty boring because of it.
The movie gets a lot more interesting during the last 20-25 minutes when we get a couple character twists and the villain becomes clear to the characters. I very much enjoyed the last action scene both as a character moment for Milo and the villain and also as a visual spectacle. The score was also pretty good.
In the end Atlantis is a fine movie that's not groundbreaking in any way despite the gorgeous visuals, and I can recommend watching it at least once if you haven't. You most likely have though. Also, the music during the end credits sounded like porn.
Okay, I rarely EVER give a movie a zero. I only do so when I can't enjoy ANYTHING about the movie. This is one of those cases. The story is rushed, and so fast paced it's hard to keep track of all the characters and what the hell is even going on. Secondly, the target audience is unclear. Sometimes, the humour is overly juvenile, and sometimes, it seems Disney are tying to make a serious or emotional scene for the adults to enjoy (although I seriously doubt they would enjoy it).
In short, this is one of the (if not the absolute) worst animated movies I have ever seen, and definitely one of Disney's worst. The plot is dull, and there are too many unnecessary and unlikable characters. Honestly, had Lilo and Stitch not come out after this, I would have lost hope in Disney.