Don’t you just love feel-good family films? The Great Gilly Hopkins is that kind of book, and it’s definitely that kind of film. But, I mean, you can never go wrong with Katherine Paterson.
If you’ve not seen this wonderful movie yet, it stars Kathy Bates (who is stellar, as usual) as Trotter, a foster mother with an enormous heart. When she takes in Gilly Hopkins, a tween girl who has been passed from home to home, she has her work cut out for her. Gilly is trouble–mostly because no one has ever bothered to care whether or not she’s trouble. Her mom is off on the west coast, and Gilly just knows she would come to get her given the right motivation.
So Gilly devises a plan. And it’s a bad plan. And it doesn’t work out quite the way she expects. Because while she’s waiting to hear from her mother, Gilly falls in love with the Trotter family.
My friends, the Lit Mama is rendered speechless. I just do not have words.
Okay, yeah, I do, because I’m me, but seriously, y’all… Have you seen the live-action Beauty and the Beast yet? Because I’m in love all over again.
Beauty and the Beast ties with Sleeping Beauty for being my all-time favorite Disney movie. So much so that I drove my family nuts singing along with the DVD at my first viewing of the latest version. I remembered every word. Every. word. I geeked out big time.
And Emma Watson rocked all the songs. Who knew Hermione could sing?! Plus, seeing Dan Stevens in anything at all makes me miss Downton Abbey a little less, and he played a beautiful Beast. Emma Thompson tops my list of all-time favorite actors, and she rocked Mrs. Potts. Kevin Kline as Crazy Old Maurice was endearing and Luke Evans made for a magnificent Gaston. But I’m not going to lie–Josh Gad as LeFou just about stole the show from Evans. He was perfect.
I’m gushing. Sorry.
Have you seen it yet? Because wow. Yeah yeah.
I wondered how they were going to make a film out of a book that was basically an encyclopedia of the beasts from the world of Harry Potter. I should have known it was going to be fantabulous.
I ain’t lyin’, I’m a huge Potter fan and I think they did an excellent job with the films, but I may have liked this even better. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a magical film that has all the good stuff: wizards, muggles, super sinister bad guys, and kids that get caught up in something they don’t understand.
I know, we’re going back a few years (or more) for this one. But I sincerely love The Water Horse (and the Dick King-Smith book it’s based on), because I have been fascinated all my life with the world’s mysteries, and this theory of how the Loch Ness Monster came to be is beautiful and inspiring.
If you don’t know the story, young Angus finds a a large egg washed up on the shore of Loch Ness near the manor where his mother is employed. He takes it home to the workshop of his father, a WWII Royal Navy sailor who has been missing in action for a year. When the egg hatches, a water creature emerges and Angus names it Crusoe. With the help of his sister and the newly hired handyman, Lewis, Angus raises the creature until it becomes too big to keep at home. They release the ‘water horse’ into Loch Ness.
In the meantime, troops from the Royal Air Force have been stationed at the manor. And those troops cause an awful lot of trouble for Angus and Crusoe.