My pick of the week:
Christopher Robin is the magical story of the adult version of the cute little boy Christopher Robin for the childhood stories of Winnie the Pooh. This movie is exactly what I think needs to be happening in movies these days. We need a bit of feel good nostalgia, silliness and it’s not a bother at all. This movie is one that your kids will sit through and you won’t mind because you will be as equally entertained. Ewan McGregor plays the adult version of Christopher Robin and is delightful. His character is now a grown up family man who has survived World War II and needs to remember what is like to be a believer in fun, silliness and living each moment. The Director of Finding Neverland, Marc Forster, knows how to make us feel like a little kid again. So just sit back and give in to this fun movie.
Eight Grade gives you a glimpse of what it is like to be a teenager these days and I am so glad I don’t have to. The thirteen year old Kayla is awkward and shy at school but a sassy pants at home. She struggles with where she fits and that fact that in her head she is one way but on the outside she just struggles, most of us can relate. This movie made me go home and talk to my 16 year old about many of the topics in the film. Not sure why it is rated R, I think it is more of a PG-13. The sound and music are a little wonky but all in all it is a great movie that reminds us of how hard being a teenager really was and reminds us that we need to think about what kids these days have to grow up with.
Oh ….The Spy Who Dumped Me….this movie was fine. there is nothing to special about it. You will laugh and love looking at Sam Heughan from Outlander but I wanted more. I also wanted less on the big screen, warning you see male parts in this movie, twice…no one wants to see that and you can’t still far enough back in the theater to make it better, but at least you are prepared. Audrey (Mila Kunis) and Morgan (Kate McKinnon) are best buddies in this movie that go on an adventure to get away from assassins and finish the job of Audreys dead ex boyfriend. This move is exactly what you think it is and nothing more. I love these ladies but I really want Kate McKinnon to start doing something new, I am kind of over it.
The Darkest Minds is that movie that you saw when you were 12-14 that you totally related to because you were different and misunderstood. What I am saying is we have all seen a version of this story before, this time it just happens to be in the cyfy superheroish style. something happens in the world and kid just start dying. the kids that don’t die start developing powers and this change scares people so the government starts taking kids to camps. The movie has a good moral story about how change may be scary but we need to embrace it and no matter our differences we need to support each other. Actress Amandla Stenberg who you may remember for the teen movie Everything, Everything is the lead actress who unknowingly will lead a moment for all of these kids. your teens will love the film and you will make it through the movie too hahaha. Nice movie but nothing special for me.
By Valerie Cameron