You knew it was coming. Didn’t you?
I love it when Hollywood makes a film based on a favorite book and almost gets it right, or at least gets the message right. It doesn’t happen often, but it would be hard to base a film on R.J. Palacio’s Wonder without it turning out… well, wonderful.
You already know what a huge Dickens fan I am. I’ve never read one of his books that I didn’t absolutely love. Of course, A Christmas Carol is the story most of us are introduced to first (because there are so many movies based on it) and I’m no different in that respect. So it remains one of my favorite stories ever, even though I didn’t actually read it until years after I first saw it on film.
Disney’s version is awesome in that it is the one film version that captures Dickens’ sense of humor. With Jim Carrey playing Scrooge, you’re gonna get some sense of humor. So this holiday season, you should totally watch it with your kids and make a delicious meal to go with it.
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.
It’s not often that a film surprises me. But since I hadn’t read the book by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, this one did.
I love reading about and watching films about coming-of-age stories (obviously), so I was pumped to catch Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life. Plus, middle school really was the worst years of my life, so I figured I’d totally relate.
What surprised me about this movie was its depth. I wasn’t expecting it. I was expecting another piece of coming-of-age fluff. This movie wasn’t that. It appeared to be at first, albeit with fabulous acting (I’ve adored Lauren Graham since Gilmore Girls) and an amazing script, but then it showed its depth and made me love it even more.