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Camp Rock

Published August 16, 2019

Camp Rock

I loved this and I’m not ashamed of it - it’s exactly what you think it’s going to be. A group of Disney teens running around singing, dancing and getting into scrapes both romantic and otherwise. It took a minute or two to adjust to seeing all the baby-faces, and let’s be honest there are a lot of flaws in the way the story comes together. But it’s fun, and it’s musical, and everyone is friends by the end of it. What’s not to like?

Galaxy Quest

Published August 4, 2019

Galaxy Quest

This was a bit of a weird one, and I wasn’t sure I was going to like it but in the end it won me over a little bit. I thought it was going to be more like Space Balls, more of an actual farce, but whilst it did poke fun at the sci-fi world, particularly Star Trek, it still had its own original story - and one that I got quite invested in.

The LEGO Movie 2

Published June 8, 2019

The LEGO Movie 2

I was nervous about watching this film because I vividly remember the first one being overwhelming and exhausting. It’s the bright colours teamed with the volume of references (both audio and visual). This film carries on in much the same vain and was equally exhausting. It’s good, though, don’t get me wrong. The voice acting is fabulous, the meta references are wonderful and there is underneath it all a really good and sort of heartwarming story about family.

Kung Fu Panda 2

Published February 16, 2019

Kung Fu Panda 2

Pretty good sequel, all things considered. It’s hard to do follow ups when the panda has already achieved everything his heart desired. This is a good story though, the threat real. There’s perhaps a bit more fighting than I’d have liked, but it’s nicely offset by the cuteness of the baby panda flashbacks. Dude, seriously.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Published February 16, 2019

How to Train Your Dragon 2

I wasn’t blown away by the first movie of this series, but the dragon was cute and the voice-cast good so the second one was worth a go. I kinda wish I hadn’t. It was all fine, interesting enough story, the odd funny moment and Toothless was being much cuter in this one.

Shrek 2

Published January 20, 2019

Shrek 2

I think this movie is better than the first one, and it’s nice to have the solid foundation of Fiona and Shrek as a couple (albeit a foundation that is given a test during this story). My brain being a bit fuzzy from illness, I actually found it quite hard to follow the layers of potions on top of potions, but if you just go with it, it’s quite a lot of fun.

Ice Age: The Meltdown

Published January 20, 2019

Ice Age: The Meltdown

We were medium happy with the first Ice Age movie, and having scooped up the rest of the pack in a Blue Sky bundle, we figured it was worth watching the sequel. I think I liked it more than the first, a serious situation about climate change lends itself to an interesting and funny story - animals on the move, alongside being the last of your species (or not), and believing you’re one thing when it turns out you’re another.

Madagascar

Published January 19, 2019

Madagascar

This is the weakest of the animations we’ve watched so far - both story-wise and in terms of visuals. Having already enjoyed the Penguins movie, I was naturally disappointed about how much the penguins featured in this, they were the stars of the show and criminally underused.

How to Train Your Dragon

Published January 19, 2019

How to Train Your Dragon

People love this movie, and it’s good but I have to admit I wasn’t completely blown away by it all. There was some underlying flaws which irritated (the kid was obsessed with being as good as the others but didn’t bother trying to get fitter or anything? And why didn’t the dragons just fly away from the massive dragon they were all scared of? What was keeping them there?).

Kung Fu Panda

Published January 19, 2019

Kung Fu Panda

So, the biggest question is, why have I not watched this before? It’s a great big fluffy adorable panda for goodness’ sake? But, righting that wrong now, thank goodness the film stands up to the cute main character. Good story, great cast, fab animation, lots of fun jokes and of course, lots of great wisdom to take away. It did feel a bit like Star Wars goes to China but I loved it.