Motherhood has not brought with it a new and sudden appreciation for children’s films. In fact, quite the opposite!!
Every time I hear the mother of a small child say “oh well of course, we don’t really watch TV at all in our house”. I immediately think two things, the first is LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE and the second is “good for you, truly really, good for you”, because in my house, where I live with my family and reality, of course the TV (or more to the point electronic entertainment portal) is on!
It’s on first thing in the morning when its 5 am, my head hasn’t woken up yet and my whole body feels like it’s been on a spin cycle rather than getting some restful sleep, and a tablet switched to CBeebies given to a small child sat in bed next to me gives some respite and snooze time for maybe a whole more 30 minutes!
It’s on sometimes when I have to sit in front of my laptop and tap away as I am now.
It’s on, after long hot sunny days of playing are over and some chill time is needed.
Its on, so that I may visit the toilet in relative peace.
It’s on, when it’s raining and I just can’t think of anything to do that sounds remotely fun inside!
It’s on, while I scrub the kitchen after baking something revolting…..er creative with a small helper, who managed to re-colour my kitchen “flour”.
It’s on, on a Sunday afternoon when all I want to do is bugger all, after a week of “go”!! So the words “let’s have a movie afternoon” are uttered, and we traipse off to the corner shop for some microwave popcorn and find something on Netflix.
So, really and truly if you don’t need time to crap in peace “good for you”, if your children are happy to play with hessian squares whilst eating quinoa cookies “hip hip bloody hooray”, but I live where reality comes to stay, and we all thank the lord for Mr Tumble!
That small rant brings me nicely onto Finding Dory! A film I was not looking forward to at all! I know a lot is made of how “these days” makers of kids blockbusters throw in a couple of adult jokes to keep us long suffering parents happy, but most of the time I find it incredibly hard to sit through the rest of the dross!!
But in Finding Dory I was very surprised, it was a Monday afternoon showing at my local Odeon. Myself, my three year old son, a nursery friend and his mum! We purchased a family ticket for £30 which saved us a whole heap of cash – as along with the four tickets, we also got two kids snack sets – drink, popcorn and sweets (Smarties or Randoms – always a bonus to fill up already excited kids with even more sugar……), plus two adult buckets of fizzy and a medium popcorn – result!!
The first thing of course was that the two children (3 year old and a 4 year old) were happily enthralled for virtually the entire film, but surprisingly, so was I! It is on the surface twee and predictable, but some reason I loved it. I forgot how annoying Dory’s voice is (sorry Ellen!), and enjoyed her as the main act!!
I really loved the whales, and was able to suspend animation enough for fish to make it out of the water far too many times!! The seals are brilliant and very funny. The ending actually had me chuckling out loud and willing them on.
I had read a couple of reviews critical of how much time is spent out of the ocean in the Sealife Centre, but for me that made it, it was impossible but fun.
Yes the ending was totally predictable (as was the beginning and middle), but I loved it, perhaps it was all the artificial sweetener in my vat of Coke Zero, but I wasn’t bored for a moment, put me in front of Toy Story and I want to rip the heads of Barbies, but not Finding Dory!
For a quiet 103 minutes and a chance to have a sit down whilst actually amused this summer holiday, Finding Dory is definitely the choice!! Oh and if your kids don’t watch films….. good for you, try not to choke on your chai nettle latte!