It’s the second (and final, obvioiusly) installment of our March birthday season, so you won’t get a proper post from me. But I thought I would treat you to a few brief reviews of my cinematic adventures for the weekend. Without further ado, here’s my
Reviews of Movies for 5-Year-Olds
The Secret Life of Pets We saw this back when it first became available to rent from Amazon, and both my then-4-year-old and my then 10-year-old watched it nearly continuously until our 48-hour rental was up. So naturally we had to buy it for the little one for her birthday. So naturally we had to watch it again.
I have to say it held up pretty well on second viewing: a lot of these sorts of movies don’t. But I still laughed in several spots, even though I knew what was coming. Good voice talents, good animation, interesting storyline. I object to a bit of species-ism—
Birthday girl’s review: I liked it.
Sing So let me stress right up front that I despise musicals. The vast majority of even the best Disney movies are just very short stories with lots of extended bathroom breaks. So I was a little leery of this one. However, interestingly enough, Sing is not really a musical. A musical is a movie where people randomly break into song for no discernable reason. However, Sing is about a singing contest, so every single time someone broke into song in it, there was a perfectly logical reason for it. That said, it is true that not all the music was interesting to me—
Birthday girl’s review: I liked it also.
The Boss Baby Finally, the one movie we actually trekked out to the theater to see: Boss Baby was easily the best of the bunch. Perhaps it was just that I wasn’t particuarly expecting much, but I really enjoyed it. The commercials make it appear to be pretty much a one-joke movie, but it really wove a lot of different elements together and presented a story that was funny, fantastical, a bit of a caper story, and surprisingly touching at the end. Also, no musical breaks, which is always a plus. The voice acting was also the best of the three. Alec Baldwin has this reputation for being a giant pain in the ass to work with, but I always find his comedy roles to be so good ... I mean, how much of a douchebag can he be and still be that funny? Okay, sure: most of his funniness comes from overplaying douchebag characters, but, even if he’s only playing himself over and over again, at least he can laugh at himself, right? Also, the unheard-of voice actor doing that Ian McKellan impression was spot on. I really enjoyed that alarm clock.
Birthday girl’s review: I also liked it. I liked everything that we watched!
Bonus review The birthday girl also specifically wanted me to mention “the demons.” This weekend she embarked on a rewatch of Crazyhead. Which I definitely do not recommend you let your 5-year-old watch, just on general principle, but perhaps yours is as precocious and atypical as mine. My little girl particularly digs kickass women taking down monsters with equal parts funny and creepy, such as the new version of Ghostbusters (which is another thing she watches over and over again), and Crazyhead certainly hits that note. I can hardly wait to introdue her to Buffy. So, while you might not want to let your kids watch it, you might find it pretty enjoyable for your own viewing. And she specifically asked me to mention it, so now I have.
Next week, back to our regularly scheduled blogcast.