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 Personal History of David Copperfield is a movie that interprets the classical novel by Charles Dickens in a very tasteful and humorous way.
It follows David Copperfield as he journeys from his life as a first indulged and then abused child to his adult life as a young man who has nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Starring Hugh Laurie, Dev Patel, and Tilda Swinton, the film pays homage to old British humor with the tongue in cheek British jokes and combining actors from all the British colonies. Although it does not carry the sad weight of the novel, it is entwined with just the right amount of humor to make it a very entertaining film!
Another aspect that the movie emphasizes a little more than the book is that David, instead of writing his story for his personal benefit, is asked to write the story of his life and does so with the intention of highlighting the strongest characteristics of the people in his life, good and bad. In so doing, he is able to sort his thoughts and thereby choose the right people to keep in his life.
This aspect of the film makes it so that the lesson of the story shines through more:
Only you have charge of your own destiny, and, despite anything you may have gone through, you always have a chance to better yourself. There is no obstacle too great to overcome to reach this great end.
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.
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.
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