Watching a family fun movie is a great way to spend an evening.
I recently told someone that I don't like movies. I always find something wrong with the movie and find myself disappointed.
The more I thought about it I realized that I get disappointed because I do like movies. A lot. But, I don't like being surprised with an anti-Christian agenda. Before watching a movie, I always try and find a review to be sure that the movie is decent. Which is often difficult to find.
Here I have composed a list of family fun movies that we have reviewed so your family can choose a movie and know what you are getting into before you rent it. I am not telling you if these movies are good, but I promise to point out any questionable scenes. I'm good at that.
You may also refer back here before you plan your next family movie night as we will be adding additional movies often. So bookmark this page!
Recently reviewed movies appear at the top.
The Greatest Showman was one of those movies that when you first watch it 3 years after it was released you wonder why you had never seen it before. "Once you see it, oh! you'll never, never be the same!" Uh--I meant you will never get the catchy music out of your head! It is a must-watch for everyone who enjoys good entertainment.
In The Greatest Showman, Hugh Jackman, supported by a cast of "freaks", stars in this movie with his amazing singing and dancing. Jackman, who played the main role of P.T Barnum, spent 10 weeks learning the songs and he clearly displays his talent that we did not know he had!
Barnum is the metamorphosis character as he is always searching for more and better when he finally realizes that he has always had what he needed. P. T. Barnum learns the more you gain, the more you will want. He also learns that he cannot disregard those who really matter in pursuit of fame and it doesn’t matter how much you have, ambition will always feel empty and dissatisfied as long as you are searching for more.
Some points to consider about the movie:
One of the main aspects of the movie, and all of the best parts, is the dancing and the singing. The songs and their accompaniments are well written. The choreography is even better! The actors did a very good job of acting and performing this musical. We listen to the soundtrack all the time, while we are cleaning and while we are in the car.
I really enjoyed watching this movie. I promise you will not be disappointed!
I first wanted to watch this movie for nostalgic reasons but it has since become a new family favorite.
This movie was filled with pleasant surprises!
The first pleasant surprise was none other than Will Smith. He played the role of the Genie in a way that did not compete with the original and yet brought fresh "pizzazz" to the role. His singing, dancing, humor and overall stage presence clearly demonstrates why he has gained super star status.
The other performances are great as well with everyone being excellent singers and dancers. I read a comment on YouTube that went along the lines that finally Disney found some singers that can act, and I couldn't agree more!
The choreography is out of this world, especially in my favorite scene, the one with Prince Ali and all his entourage. Wow! This is simply an amazing scene.
The other surprise was the overall message and moral conveyed in the movie. It a more clear and concrete moral than the original.
The message: There will never be enough money or power to make you happy.
A final surprise was Princess Jasmine. If you want to look at it from a Western cultural perspective it is easy to see characteristics in Jasmine that are admirable in strong matriarchs like Queen Isabella of Spain and Mary Queen of Scots. That's the impression I was left with at least.
The new Aladdin has become a new family favorite in the Industrious Family home. We clean the house to the music, we dance to it and we karaoke to it. And of course we all enjoy watching it from time to time.
If you would like to incorporate this movie with a birthday party, check out our Arabian Nights Party Theme!
Miss Potter is a nice movie. You will especially enjoy it if you are have a love for Beatrix Potter's books. She has always been a favorite of ours so watching this movie was like learning more about an old friend.
The first book BeeJay ever read and did a review on was The Complete Treasury of Beatrix Potter. Beatrix Potter is often read in our home by new readers to the little ones who are always eager to listen to a story.
The movie takes place during the years when her books were being published with flashbacks to her childhood. It shows the life of an upperclass unmarried woman living in London with a love for the country. This love for the country made Beatrix Potter well known as a land conservationist, purchasing and conserving thousands of acres of farmland.
The movie moves slow for small children. The boys liked it due to their familiarity with the Beatrix Potter tales. The older girls and myself really enjoyed it. It was romantic in a very innocent way and all women can identify with Miss Potter's challenges at least a little.
One possibly questionable scene is when Millie tells Beatrix why she'll never marry. You may want to discuss different states with your children. The single life is a beautiful and holy state, but not for the reasons Millie chooses it.
She tells Beatrix that men are only good for procreation and financial security. Obviously false. This idea is not further developed rather she later confesses that she just said that to make herself feel better.
Bottom line: Not a classic but definitely worth a girls night in, and the guys who were raised with Mopsy, Flopsy and Cottontail will enjoy it.
Rob Roy by Walt Disney was a very entertaining family friendly movie.
Sword fighting and adventure keep the young boys interested.
Besides being harmless, it brings about interesting family conversations. Historical investigations are sure to follow.
Some questions we had are:
Also of curiosity were the difference in costume between the highland chiefs and the nobility of England.
Bottom line: Besides a little kissing and some low cut blouses, all in all Rob Roy is a family friendly movie that we will be enjoying again in the future.
Note: I found this review on traditionalcatholicpriest.com. It is reprinted here. It was not originally written for IndustriousFamily.com and you can find the original by clicking the link above.
Today I was asking the children in catechism classes about “Minions”. Most of them have seen the movie “Despicable Me, Minion Mayhem”.
A promotion poster says: “When the World Needed a Hero, They Called a Villain.”
I have always heard about the saying from the Bible; “the devil and his minions”. So when, at another earlier event, some children asked me if “minions” were bad, I assumed they were talking about the devils helpers. But no, they were talking about the little yellow minions from the movies and cartoons.
So I looked up on wikipedia about minions. What I found is that minions are villains helpers. And besides the movies, there is a “Despicable Me Minion” ride attraction at Universal Studios in Florida.
It is described on wikipedia in this way: The riders will be tested if they “qualify” to be minions and asked “if they are fully prepared to be so“. They are given minion 3D goggles. They are welcomed by # 1 SuperVillain. His children are said to be “trying to be evil” and use “the voice of an evil clown“. Dr. Nefario is SuperVillain’s side kick. The word “nefarious” means sinful or evil.
There is a “zap gun” that turns humans into minions and all the riders on the ride will have a body scan to see if there are any human genes left in them to be removed. They also tell the participants that “there will be no backing out“. They use the word “henchmen” too. The words, “are so doomed” are part of the ride.
What I am tying to say is that these movies are desensitizing our children to the idea of a villain as being bad or that the devil and his helpers are evil. Just as Hollywood introduced homosexuality in comedies, so now the devil and villains are being introduced by funny movies to our children.
On Wednesday evening catechism a girl came up to me to show me her drawing. It had a cross and a minion standing next to it. She likes crosses and minions. A few of the little boys strongly said they like the minions no matter what I said about them being bad.
May God help us to be alert to what is happening to our little children. You can not love God and the devil at the same time. Of course we traditional Catholics chose God and His angels over the devil and his minions. And we want to be saints not villains.
The new Jungle Book is fun and action-packed. We really enjoyed it. It is definitely made for older children due to many intense chasing scenes. I'd set the guideline of ages eight and up.
The movie has a good story line, but what makes it worth watching is the computer animation, voice talents, and music.
I'm not so sure about the overall message, but it can serve as the topic of some interesting family discussions.
Discussion point #1: Creation. In one questionable scene Bagheera tells Mowgli that the elephants created the jungle.
Discussion point #2: Responsibility. The old Jungle Book ends very differently from the new one. I prefer the ending of the old movie. It encourages the rightness of things and responsibility. I always thought it was romantic how Mowgli didn't want to be a man until he met a woman.
Discussion point #3: Obedience. There are many times when obedience keeps Mowgli and the other cubs safe. Children can learn from the extreme danger presented in the movie. Learning to obey in little things is important practice in learning to obey in big things.
Bottom line: We enjoyed this movie. It was very entertaining and well made. There are some small areas that don't line up with Christian values but these scenes are harmless and can serve as opportunities for moms and dads to instruct their children in the areas of creation, obedience and responsibility.
It's not something we'll own and watch over and over again, but I am looking forward to it coming out in August.
This list of the best Christmas movies are sure to inspire in an entertaining way. Ben-Hur, Mickey's Christmas Carol, Little Women, VeggieTale's The Star of Christmas plus 9 more very good Christmas movies. Nothing objectionable here...
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