Lava full movie review - Almost did 'lava' it
After reading a lot of mixed reviews for Lava, from those who really loved (or shall we say 'lavad' it) and from those who consider it Pixar's worst short film.
Lava is not one of my favourites from Pixar, and is perhaps one of their weaker short films (a contrast from seeing it with one of Pixar's best, and their return to form, Inside Out), but it is still very sweet and touching as well as well-made so it's still a winner.
The only real problem for me with Lava was the song. It is a lovely, beautifully sung and well-meaning one, and fits nicely within the short (also did like how the story was told through the song), but felt a touch overlong and repetitive, which dragged the pace a tad and one does wish that there was a little more story, while effectively simple it was like a lot of attention went into the song and it dominated everything else. However as always from Pixar the animation in Lava is wonderful, the character designs of the lover volcanoes are appealing but even better are the vibrant colours, gorgeously rich backgrounds and the nature surrounding visuals. The time elapse of a thousand years on the volcano is a visual masterstroke and very cleverly done.
No matter how slight or predictable the story is, it is difficult to deny how truly sweet and touching it is, it really resonated with me emotionally. The characters are very cute and it was easy to feel their charming romantic chemistry, while the singing voices are beautiful and soulful which does help to give the song, no matter whether you like it or not, the emotion it does clearly have. All in all, an above-decent short film from Pixar, if not one of their best, almost did 'lava' it. 8/10 Bethany Cox