Frozen!! Oh my goodness, talk about awesome and not completely girly either. This is not a Disney Princess movie even though there is a princess in it. The story is fresh, the twists and turns unexpected, the dialogue current and funny! And the songs rocked. I took my five year old to see it during parent-teacher conferences. We were the only two people in the theater! It was the coolest movie date ever. We talked at a normal volume. We acted out our favorite scenes. John was free to be squirly and bouncy. I only stopped him from ball busting acrobatic maneuvers (for his own good). If you are a fan of animation at all, go watch it! Take the family or make it a date. Whatever. It rocks! And there's romance, funny romance!
Okay, enough of that. Time to gush about the next movie.
The Croods...Another animation movie, currently on DVD, and surprisingly funny. I wasn't sure because the animation looked odd to me, the premise questionable, and my attention span nil. I watched it with my 5 year old on my computer. A couple times I caught myself leaning in because I was so into the movie! There were moments that felt like I was watching Everybody Loves Raymond meets Journey to the Center of the Earth, but the man/woman stereotypes were easy to overlook because I was wrong about the animation. It was breathtaking. The version of the earth so long ago with the different animals and plant life was amazing! The story was great too with the message to be fearless in life. Rent this one if you get the chance.
Grown up time...The Heat was so damn funny. I laughed until I cried. If you're squeamish about swearing (sorry because I already cussed), this is not the movie for you. There is so much swearing, but I'll tell you it's part of the story. Every single f-bomb combo was necessary. I promise. The physical comedy rocked. I'm a sucker for funny, but this movie also had these two wonderfully talented women who were able to bring true emotion and depth to their characters. This is not a remake or extension of Miss Congeniality. Nope. It's plain awesomeness with chicks who carry badges and guns and have a touch of crazy in them. Watch it, love it, go on now.
Here's one out of the stacks...Hotel Transylvania has been out on DVD for a while now, but I just watched it for the first time. This is a monster musical mash type movie with humor, scary undead things, and rapping. Yep, Dracula raps. I loved the story too. Dracula wants to keep his daughter safe from the big bad scary world of terrifying dangerous humans so he does everything he can to keep her in the land of monsters and then one day an adventurous human shows up. Disaster! Mayhem! And Fun! Check this one out too!
Okay, I know I just listed mainly animated movies, but it's the holidays and we all turn into kids at this time of year, right?