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.
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
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