Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe: The January Sale!
Try 3 issues of Empire magazine for just £1
Must-Have Movie Collectibles
Bid on some classic memorabilia
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
U
Cast
John Cusack
Christopher Lloyd
Kelsey Grammer
Meg Ryan.
Directors
Don Bluth
Gary Goldman.
Screenwriters
Bruce Graham
Susan Gauthier
Bob Tzudiker
Noni White.
Running Time
94 minutes

LATEST FILM REVIEWS
Amour Fou
4 Star Empire Rating
Maidan
4 Star Empire Rating
Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
3 Star Empire Rating
Love Is All
4 Star Empire Rating
Rendlesham UFO Incident, The
2 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Duke of Burgundy, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Whiplash
5 Star Empire Rating
EMPIRE ESSAY: When Harry Met Sally
5 Star Empire Rating
Leviathan
5 Star Empire Rating
Le Jour Se Lève
5 Star Empire Rating

Anastasia
Animated feature from Don Bluth about the aftermath of the Russian Revolution.


submit to reddit


Plot
The only Romanov to survive the Russian Revolution must escape to France and reclaim her birthright.


Review
A fictionalised version of the events in Russia after the 1917 Revolution, this Don Bluth production presses all the requisite buttons in terms of songs, pretty heroines, square-jawed heroes, cute little doggies and monstrous baddies. It's also more coherent than Disney's recent Hercules but, trailing in the wake of such mainbstream flicks as Aladdin or The Lion King, it will absorb under tens but only just keep the old folks interested.

Anastasia is possibly the only surviving member of the Romanov family, banished to an orphanage and unaware that through her veins courses the only royal blood left in Russia. Hooking up with heart-of-gold likely lads Dimitri and Vladimir she heads off to Paris to prove her consanguinity with old auntie Marie, who is offering a reward for anyone who proves to be her beloved niece. In their wake fumes Rasputin who has sold his soul to avenge the Romanovs and was under the mistaken impression that they'd all been wasted during the revolution. Murder and mayhem ensue, and the chase ends with reunions and love-ins aplenty - rather as you'd expect.

Animated movies, largely thanks to Disney, are often horrendously reactionary, but it still jars to sit among a sea of young faces being informed that the Romanovs were an upright, handsome and decent lot, robbed of their birthright by evil and superhuman forces, not a corrupt bunch of inbreds who starved their country to breaking point.


Verdict
Historical inaccuracies aside, Anastasia manages to be a charming little movie, nothing to write home about but a perfectly acceptable way to while away a rainy Sunday afternoon with the child, or children, in your life.


Reviewed by Philip Thomas


Related Reviews

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.

Your Reviews

Average user rating for Anastasia
Empire Star Rating

Atrocious. I am generally open minded when it comes to films, but could not help from breaking out in hysterical laughter within the first 30 seconds. The historical inaccuracies cannot be put aside; it is like suggesting that Saddam Hussein's kind, loving and welcoming regieme was suddenly assaulted by none other than the Wicked Witch of the West. We have movies like Rambo for anti-communist propaganda. It shouldn't be spread to kid's movies too. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by cameraman at 20:56, 20 September 2007 | Report This Post



CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Jessica Chastain Takes The IMDbunker
The Most Violent Year star takes our most random quiz

Five Impressive Oscar Isaac Roles You Didn't Realise Were Oscar Isaac
Welcome to Oscar season...

Johnny Depp And Paul Bettany Talk Mortdecai
How good is your 'Mortdecai face'?

Fables: A Primer
An introduction to Bill Willingham’s wonderfully dark fairy-tale world

12 Hitchcock Remakes Ranked From Best To Worst
Lifeboat in space, anyone?

From Mission: Impossible To Mortdecai: Writer/Director David Koepp Talks Screenwriting
What would you do if you were in charge of the Spider-Man franchise?

Ghost In The Shell: A Crash Course
Everything you need to know about Scarlett Johansson’s anime remake

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)