I’m not gonna lie it took me a couple days to get through Ava Duvernay’s Netflix miniseries “When They See Us”. I was a baby when the case of the Central Park Five rose to popularity. And even still I was just 12 years old at the time of their exoneration in 2002. Being a reader (and somewhat just nosy) I became familiar with their case pretty young but I never took the time to fully understand everything that happened. Couple that with being a sheltered child and I pretty much didn’t get a FULL grasp on the seriousness of this case. And then I watched this miniseries a couple days ago. And my heart was broken. Multiple times and in multiple ways. Over a course of 3 days I got a glimpse into what it was like to be the Central Park Five.
It has been a couple weeks since we screened The Secret Life of Pets 2 and now we’re finally 2 days way from it being released in theaters. The boys have been WAITING for this movie. They recorded reactions to every single trailer, RJ had them memorized before the movie came out and the first Secret Life of Pets is still on heavy rotation in our house. We pretty much have been containing our excitement for months, but alas we got to check it out in advance. So did the movie live up to the hype? Is The Secret Life of Pets 2 appropriate for younger children? I’m sharing all the details in this no-spoiler review.
Our family was hosted at an advanced screening of The Secret Life of Pets 2 courtesy of Universal Pictures. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.
In only 50 days, Jon Favreau’s live action take on The Lion King premieres in theaters worldwide. Aside from a few trailers, we haven’t gotten much of a sneak peek at the movie until today. Disney finally released The Lion King’s official character posters with just a little under 2 months to go. I have so many emotions about seeing this movie in live action. If I know anything from when I saw Aladdin last week, I know that live action remakes are not EXACTLY the same as the original. However, I felt like this was the perfect time for me to share my top moments from The Lion King that I can’t wait to see in live action.
*We attended a free screening of Missing Link in NYC courtesy of United Artists Releasing. All opinions expressed are my own*
I knew from the first trailer that Missing Link was on my movies to see this year. First of all I absolutely love Hugh Jackman (hello Greatest Showman) and Zach Galifianakis is super silly so I already loved the two actors that voiced the two main characters. Then I saw the official trailer and I knew Missing Link was going to be a super cute movie that had tons of lessons in them. But did it turn out to be a good movie for my preschooler? Check out what I thought of the movie after this trailer. And if you’re just here for the activity pages, scroll all the way to the bottom ;).
How long is Missing Link?
The run time for Missing Link is slated at 1 hour and 35 minutes. It was a great length for younger kids, and for an animated movie in general. It didn’t feel like it was dragging (like The Lego Movie 2 did) and I only caught myself checking the time once, towards the end of the movie.
Are there any parts of the movie I should worry about?
So I’m just going to put it out there and say Missing Link is not a movie for younger children. I wasn’t worried about the Sasquatch/Yeti aspect because we absolutely loved Smallfoot and RJ is excited to see Abominable later this year. However, the movie is rated PG and it is definitely geared towards older children. The “bad guy” of the movie is … persistent and there are a couple fight scenes, gun scenes and even rude jokes that I wasn’t prepared for.
I caught RJ covering his eyes at least twice because a few scenes were a little dark. One of the fight scenes even took place in a bar. No one mentioned alcohol but as an adult you’d definitely pick up on it. Also for the entire day after the movie RJ was pretending everything was a gun, he’s never done this before so that just shows you how prominent the scenes were.
My opinion of the movie overall?
Despite everything I enjoyed the movie. There are definitely some lessons to be learned from this movie about family, selflessness and finding your place among those you love. There were moments were I laughed, gasped and definitely reflected. Missing Link is definitely a movie that makes you think and one that makes you feel. Just not the little ones.
Synopsis: This April, meet Mr. Link: 8 feet tall, 630 lbs, and covered in fur, but don’t let his appearance fool you… he is funny, sweet, and adorably literal, making him the world’s most lovable legend at the heart of Missing Link, the globe-trotting family adventure from LAIKA. Tired of living a solitary life in the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Link recruits fearless explorer Sir Lionel Frost to guide him on a journey to find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, our fearless trio of explorers encounter more than their fair share of peril as they travel to the far reaches of the world to help their new friend. Through it all, the three learn that sometimes you can find a family in the places you least expect.
MISSING LINK – In Theaters April 12, 2019
A couple nights ago, the first screening for Captain Marvel took place and the reactions have been awesome! The lucky few took to Twitter (I love it) to share just how amazing the film is. My favorite part of all the reactions? The nod to the 90s. I’ve already talked about how 2019 is going to be such an amazing and nostalgic year for us millennial babies and I’m glad that Captain Marvel is bringing some of that feel to the big screen also. Check out some of my favorite reactions below.