Tuesday, September 18, 2012

School's out for movies ...

Subtitle: We watch the movies so you don't have to sit through the crap ones

School holidays have rolled around again and that means one thing: Movies!

We're nothing if not dedicated at Chez MIA, so the kids and I headed off to check out a few on your behalf.

First up, was Walt Disney Studio's Fairies latest instalment, Tinker Bell and the Secret of the Wings. I watched this with Miss 9, together with one of her friends and her Mum.

To be honest, I often fall asleep at kiddie movies, particularly animated ones, but we were all
enchanted by this frothy confection of pure Disney magic.

The story involves feisty heroine Tinker Bell's adventures in the forbidden winter woods, where she meets Periwinkle and discovers all kinds of magical secrets. There are loads of adorable furry and feathered creatures, not to mention cute fairies and even a few teary moments.

The girls verdict? Awesome!

Take a look at the trailer here.

Mr 11 was disgusted by the idea of being seen at a 'girl' movie, although Harmonie and I both thought he would have enjoyed it, as there are male characters as well, and as with most Disney movies, there is a pretty broad appeal.  When he actually saw the trailer for the movie later, he admitted it looked okay and promised to watch it when it comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray in November.

Meanwhile, Chase and a friend went off to see Sony Pictures' holiday offering, Hotel Transylvania.   Mr 11 loves a gross joke or two and was seriously impressed by the animation, the voices, and the soundtrack, which featured LMFAO, one of our favourite bands.

Hotel Tranylsvania is a five-stake hotel run by Dracula (Adam Sandler), where monsters go to be monsters and rest in peace. However, when Dracula invites all the top monsters to the resort for his daughter Mavis's 118th birthday, a human stumbles in on the action - and the fun and games begin.

What I really love though, is a movie that the whole family can enjoy, and that's what we got with Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days. (You can see the trailer here.)

We've been looking forward to this movie, which is a combination of books three and four in the Wimpy Kid series, and it didn't fail to impress.

Yes, it's a kid movie, but the characters are so endearing and the actors so well-cast that you can forgive the slapstick comedy and cringe-making moments.

We know we're in for a laugh when the movie opens with Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) trying to avoid the sight of naked, hairy men in a crowded communal shower, and follows up with small children weeing in a wading pool - Greg's idea of hell.

The scenes with Rowley (Robert Capron) and his goody two-shoes, straight-laced family are particularly fun. And does anyone else think that Rowley could be the secret love child of Sharon Strzelecki? (Our own Magda Szubanski's character from Kath and Kim.)

A shout-out must be kept for Devon Bostick, who returns as Greg’s older brother and wannabe lead singer of the band, Löded Diper, who comes close to stealing the film

My kids and the spare child we brought along to the preview gave Dog Days all thumbs up, and said it was even better than they expected. And I enjoyed it too.

"Mum, you didn't go to sleep once!" said Harmonie in surprise!

If I had to choose one movie, it would Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, because it's one that everyone can enjoy - big kids as well.

But Tinker Bell is very cute, especially for little girls (and their mummies); and although I can't vouch for Hotel Transylvannia, Mr 11 highly recommends it, and based on his reports, his big sister can't wait to see it.

Readers: Do you like to go to the movies on the school holidays? Which movie are you looking forward to seeing the most?

Leave a comment below for a chance to win:

  • One family pass to Hotel Transylvania (thanks to Sony Pictures) 
  • One of two in-season passes to Tinker Bell and the Secret of the Wings (thanks to Walt Disney Studios)
This competition has now closed. The winners are Hotel Transylvania - Mrs BC; Tinker Bell - Anonymous Nadine, and Anonymous Tina. Please contact me so that I can get your passes to you. Thanks. 


Mrs BC said...

Holidays always mean at least one visit to the movies, and thankfully after last years unfortunate Vomit at Hungry Jacks Incident, there are no 3D films on offer. Both boys loved the trailer for Hotel Transylvania, and are already pestering me to take them. It's not even the holidays yet!

Bachelormum said...

Right tinker bell it is. I have to confess I love all the tink movies. She's so beautiful and her world of fairies is so magical. It's a perfect 1.5 hrs of pure escapism for me, oh and my daughter too.

Lyndall said...

I am looking forward to Tinker Bell - my daughter has just discovered fairies and magical things - she would think this is magical.

Fleurchan said...

I don't mean to sound like Henny Penny but.. 'The Walls are closing in, the walls are closing in!"

Anonymous said...

Thats all my kids want to do this holidays is go to the movies, I have to drag them along cleaning houses for the best part of the two weeks but i might (if they are good and dont whinge) take them to the movies as a treat just gotta have that extra$$ to get there so tickets to them would be greatly appreciated.
Cheers Nadine

Effie said...

Yep, we love going to the cinema on school holidays! This time around my kids want to see Madagascar 3, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3, Hotel Transylvania and Paranorman (although I don't know if that last one has been released yet!!).

Anonymous said...

I remember fondly the opening soundtrack to The Lion King. I'm still a mad Disney fan!! School hols are a great excuse for me to get my Disney fix! Tina

Louise S said...

Are you kidding. With 2 weeks of school holidays to fill, they're all on our wish list, as is Madagascar 3. Though, like you, I'd have more chance of getting my Mr 10 to clean his room than of convincing him to see Tinkerbell with his 8 year old sister!

Unknown said...

We love the flicks, especially during the school holidays. Brings back memories of going as a child - over 3 generations we still do our traditional sweetie purchasing of choc tops, jaffas and popcorn every time we go.
Both my boys (my child and my husband lol) are DYING for us to see Hotel Transylvania. It's all about the vampires and spooky stuff. We all can't wait. Good, clean holiday fun. Love it. <3