Amid all the overdue library fees and sickness, I’ve sort of given up on trying to make them read more this summer. I’m also noticing though that the less I push it, the more they actually do it. J read 3/4 of a Lego Ninjago comic style book in Target on Saturday. I’ve found G reading in his room a few times as well (although it is usually following one of my “TURN ALL THE SCREENS OFF, NOW!” tirades).
What we have been doing is watching movies. I do love movies and so do my boys. Do you? I always like hearing about what movies people have seen lately. Here’s my take on a few we’ve watched recently.
Movies We Actually Watched in the Theater:
Despicable Me 2: The boys and I plus a neighborhood friend went to see this one. It was funny and entertaining and maintained the attention of a 5-year-old, 8-year-old, and 12-year-old plus myself. The first one was better but this one did hold its own as far as sequels are concerned. I imagine we’ll buy this whenever it gets around to releasing on DVD. I would recommend it. The boys rated it 3.5 stars out of 4.
Word War Z: I went to see this one by myself while the boys and my husband went to see Monsters University. I found it to be a bit hokey but what zombie movie isn’t going to be a bit hokey. There were a few slow parts and I would have preferred a bit more zombie action. I disliked the ending which seemed to scream a sequel is coming! I can’t say I didn’t enjoy the movie but I would have enjoyed watching a few Walking Dead reruns on Netflix just as much and maybe more. It actually made me kind of anxious for the next season of that show (or for Netflix to at least get with it and add season 3 to instant streaming!). I was surprised to read later that the movie was based on a book by the same title written by Max Brooks, who according to the yahoo article would not give them permission to put a movie cover on the book. I’m quite intrigued by that and would like to read the book. I’d rate the movie 2.75 stars out of 4.
Monsters University: The boys enjoyed this but weren’t jumping up and down enthusiastic over it. Monsters, Inc was always one my husband preferred to watch more than any of us and this was his movie pick. He also said the first one was better. I really can’t think of any sequels that are better than the original though. I think they gave the movie 3 out of 4 stars.
Now on Netflix:
The Oranges: This was so awful that I’m only sharing it here to spare you the agony of watching it. It was supposed to be a comedy. I spent the entire movie thinking okay, it will start to get funny now. It was the kind of movie you watch to the end and then wonder why you bothered. I was really disappointed because I had viewed a preview of it somewhere and searched it out thinking it would be great.
Mulan and Mulan 2: These are streaming instant on Netflix right now and my 12 year-old picked them. Mulan is one of his favorite movies. Go figure. I watched Mulan 2 beginning to end and enjoyed it. I have yet to see the complete Mulan movie but what I did see, I did enjoy. He loves the songs in it.
Nacho Libre: G watched this with his dad and I heard lots and lots of giggling so I think they would both give it a thumbs up.
A Random Red box Choice:
Here Comes the Boom: We had a free Red box code and G had wanted to see it. I had no expectations to enjoy this movie. I wasn’t even sure I would watch it with him. Kevin James lost me somewhere during the movie, Mall Cop. My son and husband love that movie. I still don’t get it. I surprised myself by actually kind of enjoying this one. It was sort of Rocky meets Mr. Holland’s Opus with a comedic twist. Goofy and mildly predictable but it worked. That was my opinion. G seemed to like it and rated it 3.5 on a scale of 5. My husband said he was glad we didn’t spend $1.20 to rent it. J opted to not watch it and spent the time watching Yu Gi Oh! videos on the computer instead.
As you can see, our movie choices are all over the place. Have you seen any good (or really bad) movies lately? What are some of your favorites?