FOLKLORE: THE LONG POND STUDIO SESSIONS (2020)

We are Taylor Swift fans so we were very excited for this. It was really interesting to watch Taylor and her co-writers talk about the process and story behind the songs. That being said, while we quite enjoyed this movie, it did get a little long. I think this movie is one that can be watched in pieces or to have on in the background while you are doing other things. Kids may enjoy the music but we think they’ll get bored at the talk in between. If you are a Taylor Swift fan, definitely check this out!! If not, it is OK to pass.

BLACK IS KING (2020)

The imagery is stunning. The costumes are phenomenal. And, of course, Beyonce can sing and perform like it’s nobody’s business. That being said, it’s a movie that I think would be better to watch in pieces as it does start to feel a little long after a while. The movie is a visual album inspired by The Lion King, which Beyonce voiced Nala in the live action remake. If you are a Beyonce fan, you will love it.

HAMILTON (2020)

Neither one of us had seen Hamilton before it was released as a movie on Disney+. I was so excited when I heard about this and was finally able to see what everyone was talking about. This did not disappoint at all! We really enjoyed it. It’s so cleverly written and beautifully performed. Josh Gad at King George was pure magic. Definitely check this out if you haven’t yet.

FREAKY FRIDAY (2018)

Another Disney Freaky Friday? Yep. But this one sings! This DCOM is based on the play that was based on the movie that was based on the book. Phew. I don’t know how we missed it, but we had no idea this movie was going to be a musical until we were watching it and suddenly the girl starting singing. At first, we were really confused and couldn’t get over the fact of “this is a musical??”. But once we calmed down and accepted that this wasn’t like the Freaky Friday of our youth, it wasn’t too bad. There were a couple of things we thought were weird and wondered why it was changed that way but overall it’s an okay watch. We think it actually grew on us more after we watched it. We do think that this is one that kids will really enjoy and we recommend it for them for sure.




MAKE MINE MUSIC (1946)

Kind of a Fantasia type of movie, Make Mine Music is a serious of animated shorts to music. However, the music is more the popular contemporary music of the time rather than classical. Some of the shorts are good and worth seeing and some are boring and can be missed. If you are a Disney fan then we say check it out. It was made back in the day when Disney was still very much experimenting with animation. But other than that, it is one that can be skipped.




THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (1992)

I must admit that I was a Muppet Christmas Carol virgin before this fateful night. Now that I have finally seen it, I am bummed so many Christmases have gone by without having watched this movie. It is, in true Muppet fashion, a hilarious and unique take on such a classic tale. It really is fun and I think will become a Christmas tradition. If you have never seen it and like the Muppets, then I definitely recommend checking this one out right away….when it’s Christmas…or before. Do what you want.

HANNAH MONTANA/MILEY CYRUS: BEST OF BOTH WORLDS CONCERT TOUR (2007)

If you are a Hannah Montana and/or Miley Cyrus fan then you will love this movie. It is her Best of Both Worlds concert tour with some behind the scenes clips throughout. If you are not a fan then don’t watch it. You won’t like it. I will say this concert movie was far better than the Jonas Brothers concert movie. While we are not big Hannah Montana fans, we have seen the show and there are a couple of songs we enjoy, so watching the concert movie wasn’t too bad.




THE LITTLE MERMAID (1989)

   

This is one of our favorite Disney movies. The Little Mermaid is a classic with wonderful music and amazing characters. But we couldn’t help but think of how old we are now because we were constantly telling Ariel how she IS just a child. We remember being kids watching this show thinking that Ariel was so grown up and her father should listen to her and stop treating her like a kid. Now we are watching it and we hear Ariel exclaim, “I’m 16 years old, I’m not a child.” Uh, sorry Ariel, but yes you are! Suddenly all her choices make so much sense. The fact that she instantly falls in love with a boy that is off bounds and that she is so willing to give up her life for him…It’s because she is a little teenage girl. But yes this movie is still amazing. It is a sweet fairy tale about a girl who wants to follow her own path and her heart.

  

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE CONCERT – EXTREME ACCESS PASS (2007)

   

If you liked the music of the first High School Musical, then you will enjoy watching this enough. It is basically just the cast, minus Zac Efron as he was filming Hairspray at the time, performing the songs of the movie with a few of their own songs from their own albums thrown in there. You don’t need to watch it as you can just listen to the album instead, but if you or someone you know is a big fan, they will like it.

  

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2017)

   

This live action remake of the animated movie of the same name is the best live action remake Disney has done so far. We loved it. Emma Watson was amazing as Belle and Josh Gad as the silly LeFou, but the best casting choice was Luke Evans as Gaston. We loved how it stayed true to the animated version. It kept the all the elements of what made the original so great while also adding new things that didn’t harm or take away from why we love this story. I love how this version worked on answering a couple plot hole questions. I always wondered why the town didn’t seem to ever care or wonder what happened to their royalty. No one noticed that they no longer had a king and that the castle was suddenly under a dark curse? This movie addresses that and I loved it. This movie is beautiful and definitely should be seen by everyone.