Archive for the ‘Children/Family’ Category

Coco – ***

Posted: January 15, 2018 in 2017, Animation, Children/Family, Mexico, Musical, USA, XXX

A little Mexican kid dreams of being a mariachi musician, but his family is very much against a music career. This disgust for music and musicians dates back to a time when the father of his great-grandmother Coco left the family to pursue a music career and never came back.  The kid is a bit of a rebel and wants to perform at a local music festival, organized during the yearly Dia De Los Muertos holiday, when Mexicans remember their deceased loved ones. Something goes terribly wrong and little Miguel arrives in the land of the Dead …

This is just another marvelous Pixar movie. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be overwhelmed with the animation. But it’s still a kids movie. Just like with the equally excellent Inside Out, the story is not only aimed at adults and certain scenes and characters are added to also please the little kids. That’s fine. But it prevents the movies from being absolutely flawless.

The soundtrack is great. And the animation is brilliant.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2380307

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I’m finally contemplating getting Netflix. BUT it will ruin my life. Binge watching will lead to gaining dozens of extra pounds and sleepless nights. However, there’s stuff on Netflix that you can’t find anywhere else. Stranger Things for instance, which hasn’t been released on dvd (yet) in Europe. A series that everyone raves about and recommends.

Well. A visit to a friend with Netflix solved the problem. It led to a night of binge watching the eight episodes of this science fiction drama, focussing on the mysterious events taking place in a small midwestern town and affecting several high school kids. However, it’s not aimed at kids, but at those adults who were high school kids in the eighties and who grew up with Spielberg produced or directed movies and tv shows.

Sure, the eighties vibe is cool. But it’s just a gimmick which is consistent throughout the series. That alone wouldn’t make it a great series. But the story, acting and atmosphere do. Winona Ryder is back! And she’s really good as the mother of a missing kid, who disappeared without a trace, but somehow communicates via the electricity. His best friends (a bunch of nerdy kids who get bullied in school, but are quite adventurous) decide to go look for him. In the mean time the troubled police officer of the town is leading the investigation as well. And all clues lead to an electricity company nearby, which operates as a secret governmental research center (lead by Matthew Modine!). There are other subplots of course. But you don’t need to know about them. Let yourself emerge in the story. The first six episodes are great. There’s humor. There’s tension. There’s a bit of horror. There’s a bit of drama. The balance is perfect. The last two episodes feel different though. As if the production team ran out of money and the story needed to be told fast within two episodes with as little expenses as possible.

The second season is available on Netflix. So maybe I’ll just have to go subscribe.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4574334

In case you wonder why this is one here: it was a 99 cent rental and all the fuss about the ‘gay’ characters made it intriguing.

Well…

This is crap movie. The live action doesn’t add anything to the story. Unlike The Jungle Book, which was great fun. The CGI is terrible. A talking clock and chandelier? It does NOT work in live action. Even when they are interpreted by Ewan McGregor and Ian McKellen. In fact, all the acting is terrible too. Not even Emma Watson can save this from being a total disaster. But a lucrative disaster. The most profitable movie of the year (so far). It makes you wonder how many people went to see it again after having suffered to watch it the first time around.

Then the ‘gay’ moments. There’s a flamboyant effeminate character, yes. If that’s your definition of ‘gay’ than there you go, Disney has its first gay character. But it’s an annoying twat. Hooray for gay emancipation! A poof representing the community in a ‘fairy’ tale. More fun is that short scene when three soldiers get magically dressed like girls and one actually likes it. That was more tongue in cheek.

Not a good movie.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2771200 

 

It – *(*)

Posted: October 29, 2017 in 2017, Children/Family, Comedy, Horror, USA, X1/2

So, this is the highest grossing horror blockbuster of all times? (well, not adjusted to the inflation). How is that possible?

It’s not scary, unless you are 16 maybe. It’s not funny, unless you are 16 maybe. It’s not particularly well filmed. It has all the clichés of any horror classic from the past five decades. There’s a lot of gore and there is a lot of cursing, but it doesn’t make the movie any better. If only Quentin Tarantino would have directed it!

This is a kid’s movie, but it’s rated R! But maybe that’s the whole idea. As long as they like it: great. But for the adults out there: skip it! Read the book instead.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1396484

Kids’ movies don’t always make good adult movies. Not even when they are made by Tim Burton. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is so flawed, that it’s difficult to focus on the story and watch it until the end.

Nothing works. The story isn’t captivating. It’s probably too complicated for kids anyways. It’s about ‘peculiar’ children (a bit like the X-Men, but then much less awesome) who live in a time loop of 24 hours as a protection against monsters who can turn human again after eating their eyeballs. Yep. Read that sentence again. That’s what it is about. Oh and about a nerdy kid who leave Florida after his grandfather died to find out on an island in Wales what made his dad ‘peculiar’ and what his ‘peculiarity’ is.

Again, nothing works. The acting is bad. Especially because of the terrible dialogue. Some scenes don’t make sense at all. Too many characters are introduced that don’t really need to be in the story at all. There’s no empathy for any of the main characters. Yes, the special effects are fascinating. But that’s about it.

This is NOT a good movie.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1935859

Brave – **

Posted: October 2, 2017 in 2016, Animation, Children/Family, USA, XX
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Hey, Disney/Pixar Studios, can you make an animated feature movie that shows ALL the stereotypes of Scotland? Put in some folky music, bagpipes of course, the highland games, characters with ginger hair, the accent of course, with words like ‘wee’ every now and then, men wearing kilts and nothing underneath of it, some celtic ritual stones, a lot of ‘pub’ fighting, because that’s what people do in Scotland… Never mind being historically correct. Who cares if the Vikings and the Romans invaded Scotland at the same time. Nobody cares. And don’t worry about making the king look three times the size of the queen. And the children look like they are only one foot tall. Never mind that. Just make it about a heroin. A Girl, yes. A brave one. With Ginger hair of course. And add a scene with a witch and a spell, like in the old days. Oh and some bears. That’s always good fun. And a horse as a side kick. Yeah. Make it and you’ll have a hit.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1217209/

The BFG – (*)

Posted: June 25, 2017 in 1/2, 2016, Children/Family, USA

OMG

What a bore.

Even children may find this incredibly boring.

No humor. No suspense. No drama. No adventure. No story.

This one was tough to finish.

Yawn

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3691740