We took our daughter to see Captain Marvel and I went in with low expectations. I had heard positive reviews, but I didn't want to get my hopes up too high. And I wasn't quite sure what our 11-year-old would think. She's into the superhero films well enough, but I expect she's into them more because I am.
I just came out of seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens and my family and I had a blast. Here is my spoiler free review:
If I'm honest, was it all that my 12 year old self wanted back in 1983 after I saw Return of the Jedi, no, but there is no way that any human being could recreate my childhood dreams. Still J.J. Abrams is a Star Wars fan and that's a good thing. The way the movie was put together, used practical effects whenever possible and good old costumes, added a nice touch to the movie by making it all seem lived in and real.
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When I came out from seeing Interstellar in IMAX, I just wanted to be alone. I felt adrift, having returned from a journey that was intimate and the stake were high and had this overwhelming emotion wash over me. I'm a parent and there were several scenes in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar that just grabbed my heart and did not let go. I only wanted to rush home, hold my kids and hug them.
I finally caught up with Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin 2013 film starring Scarlet Johansson and really enjoyed it. I liked it so much that last night I had a series of nightmares about zombies attacking a wooded neighborhood that I lived in. Good films, for me, cause you to question and don't had you the meaning of every single scene, character and theme. Glazer's theme puts the audience in an extremely limited position: We see Johansson's character going through the motions of picking up men, seducing them and bringing them home and finding out what she then does to them. We don't know why or how. The film specifically keeps answers about her origins and purpose from us and I applaud that.
With my being on crutches for another 6 weeks at the least, my wife and I wanted to sit down and watch a movie with our kids. The problem when you have a 10 and 6 year old is that they like different things and it's a challenge to find a movie that the entire family would like. (Neither of our children like scary movies or any intense freaky stuff so even the animated Sleeping Beauty with the dragon scene is out).