Thursday, April 7, 2011

Holiday movies

It's almost school holidays for us, (and a few 'lucky' followers are already on their Easter break), and you know what that means: Movies.

I thought it was time for something a little lighter after my last heartfelt post, so the kids and I decided to review a few of the movies which are set to light up the screens these holidays.

First-up, Rio:

I confess, I don't actually like animated kids' movies that much. I don't know why; I think there are just so many that are exactly the same but with different furry and feathered creatures involved. But my kids like them, so I do my motherly duty, hand over a crapload of money for popcorn, and settle in for a few hours kip lovely family quality time.

Rio is probably the prettiest kids' movie I've seen, so that gets it loads of points from the start. Even though Mr 10 pretended he was too old for films for 'babies' as he described it, he chuckled at regular intervals throughout, and only asked to go to the toilet once.

Miss 8 loved it, from start to finish.

Basically, Rio revolves around a love-hate relationship between the world's last two blue macaws who must breed to save their species', while avoiding being trapped by evil poachers. Aided and abetted by some feathered side kicks and a picked on by an evil cockatoo villain, it's all pretty enough, and it's worth the extra to watch the 3D version. The pretty birds really do jump out at you, and of course there are some valuable lessons, like facing your fears peppered throughout.

(But don't get me started on 3D stuff, does EVERYTHING have to be in 3D these days? I feel totally daggy wearing the glasses over my normal ones.)

The actors voicing the characters all do okay and the animated scenery is stunning, but Rio the city is the real star here.

Then there was a non-animated, non-3D movie (yay!). The latest in the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid franchise.

We all loved this one, which featured fart jokes, poo jokes, fake vomit, and daggy white undies aplenty.

Miss 8 thought she'd be bored ('it's a boy movie', she'd sulked as we entered the theatre), but she giggled her way through it quite happily.

Mr 10's verdict: 'Just as good as the first movie, maybe even better. My favourite part was when the kid had to run around in his undies. They were so big they looked like nappies.'

Miss 8: 'I liked it when he had to taste the chocolate that looked like poo, and when the bird pooed on people.'

See, you can't go wrong with bodily fluids really, can you? And I didn't nod off once.

I'm a little bit worried that both kids said the daggy Mum reminded them of ME! Humph. Since when have they seen my super cool dance moves? (Has someone been sharing Aus Blog Con evidence?)

Anyway, to celebrate the holidays, I'm giving away an in-season family pass (admits 4) to Disney's latest flick Mars Needs Moms, which looks tops. You can watch the trailer here.

To win, just check you're following my blog and comment below on your favourite school holiday activity.

The last winner of my movie giveaway was @Traceyb25, who won a movie pack from Sony Australia, after sharing her hospital stay overshare!

Finally, thank you all for your lovely comments, twitter posts, Facebook comments, and emails about my last post about autism and Aspergers Syndrome.

I very nearly didn't post that one, but I am really glad I did. It meant so much to get your acceptance, understanding and support. xo


Nicole said...

My faverate school holiday activity is relaxing at work. My cafe is quiet during school hols as alot of my customers have children so they take time off.

(I'm really entering for my mum, she has the grandkids for school hols and would love to take them to the movies but cant afford it)

Naturly said...

My favourite school holiday activity is NOT having to get up and ready for school.. It's letting the kids spend the day in their pajamas.. Watching movies, doing crafts and cooking together! Oh, and going to the movies - of course!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Meanwhile for an adult that grew up in the 80s, Rio was the name of a Duran Duran song and 3D was a rare thing!

Jodie Ansted said...

My fave school holiday activity, apart from Pyjama Day(s), is going in to the city to visit Dad. Kids LOVE doing that.

Now I'm going to read your autism & aspergers post because I haven't read it yet...

Hot Cross Mum said...

Haven't seen it yet - and also want to see Turtle Tale (lined up for easter holidays). Thanks for coming all the way over from Oz to comment on my ebook launch!