JOHN CARTER (2012)

   

I was not looking forward to watching this movie. The bad thing about having very low expectations is obviously the fact that you don’t want to watch the movie. The good thing about having low expectations is that sometimes a bad movie seems not so bad. Luckily once we actually decided to watch this, it was actually entertaining. But it wasn’t great. It was too long and by the end i only remembered how the story started because we went back to it, “Oh yeah, that is what happened, huh”, not because it was memorable. The story had interesting moments. But as a whole it would have done a lot better if it moved a bit faster. Not a movie you have to see, but if it interests you at all, try it and you will be entertained.

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BUFFALO DREAMS (2005)

   

Buffaloes can kill. Respect the buffalo. When I went to Yellowstone, I was surprised how many people tried to walk up to buffalo with their kids. Buffalo will come at you and they will kill you… no one dies in this movie, but the buffaloes do stampede and stampeding animals mean that Mufasa is going to die. Wait, wrong movie. Well, this Disney Channel original movie was shot in our beloved home state of Utah so of course the landscape was beautiful.

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FREAKY FRIDAY (1976)

   

We love the remake of Freaky Friday much more than this original. It’s funny to compare the the movies and see how times have changed. The mom is a stereotypical 50s style house wife whose job is to run the house and do whatever her husband asks her. We love and respect stay-at-home moms but hate the piggish comments the dad would make to her. And we aren’t fans of the idea that Jodie Foster’s character needs to make her physical appearance more girly in order for her to be a “changed for the better” person. We don’t see what was wrong with her before other than the fighting with her mother which we rarely got to see anyway.  Which brings us to our least favorite thing about the movie: the mother and daughter never saw each other after the switch. Not once! They talked on the phone for a brief moment and that was it. One of the fun things about the remake is seeing the switched mother/daughter interact and react to them being each other. We greatly missed that in this movie.

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DUMBO (1941)

   

​Dumbo, oh Dumbo! This is a movie that emotionally scarred me as a child. I loved the movie but had to endure my heart being ripped out of my chest when Dumbo’s mother was taken away and locked up.  I cried as a kid and you know what?  I cried as an adult. I can not make it through the “Baby Mine” scene without crying like Alice when she made herself to big to get through the little door to Wonderland. Because of this, I actually avoided watching this movie for a long time, but after watching it, I remember that I love it, Dumbo is adorable and it is ok to cry.  And can we please talk about the “Pink Elephants On Parade” scene? I wish I was in the room when the animators and writers were discussing this scene…

Writer: “Then Dumbo will get drunk.”

Animator: “Oh and then he will have hallucinations about the bubbles turning into pink elephants that begin to dance about.”

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PRINCESS PROTECTION PROGRAM (2009)

   

​I realize the primary target for this movie are teens and under, so I really shouldn’t nitpick on the things that just don’t make any sense in this movie, like that fact that the evil dictator that invades Demi Lovato’s character’s country would be the one to fly to the United States to kidnap her. He just invaded and took over a country. Does he not have people he can send? I don’t think one would risk leaving the country he just took control over…but that is just us.

The movie itself was predictable and pretty cliche, but Demi and Selena made it bearable.

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NAPOLEON AND SAMANTHA (1972)

   

​Yay for Jodie Foster!  I love the fact she was a former Disney star. Jodie Foster is only eight years old in this movie, but there is no mistaking that it is her. With her very recognizable voice, Jodie showcases her talents in her feature film debut. Interesting tidbit: Jodie was attacked by one of the lions on set when while walking in front of him, the lion picked her up in his mouth and shook her before the trainer yelled for the lion to “drop it”. She has scars on her stomach and back and apparently developed a life long fear of cats because of it. I don’t blame her. My question is…how do you continue filming the movie after something like that happens? Was Jodie just like, “Yep, OK let’s finish this.”

Anywho…

The movie was fun to watch and I would be willing to watch it again. The kids were cute, the story was interesting and we sure felt for the little boy after he lost his grandfather. Definitely one to check out.

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