Opened: November 21, 1997
Starring: Meg Ryan, John Cusack, Kelsey Grammer, Christopher Lloyd, Hank Azaria, Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters, Andrea Martin, Rick Jones, Liz Callaway, Kirsten Dunst, Lacey Chabert & Jonathan Dokuchitz
Dimitri (John Cusack) and Vlad (Kelsey Grammer) are on the hunt to find Anastasia – the long-lost granddaughter of the Dowager Empress (Angela Lansbury) who’s thought to have survived her family’s execution. Anya (Meg Ryan) seems to fit the criteria, but soon realizes there’s more to her story.
Anya is unlike any of the animated heroines you’ve seen before and has a fair amount of spunk that she uses against Dimitri. It’s refreshing to see such a strong female character in a kid’s film.
Final say: A fun mix of history and mystery. ★★★★★