I realized that as we started a new tradition a few months ago of sitting down together on Sunday evenings with a family movie, we’ve come across some winners and losers. But as a parent trying to find those movies, there aren’t always reviews that suit our purposes. Yes, there are sites out there that look at different aspects of the movie, but unless you know what you’re looking for, you might have a hard time. And so, being the opinionated woman that I am (no comments, please Isaiah!), I figured I’d write a weekly review about what we watched and how it went over, including bits on what was good and what was less-than-good. And maybe other families would find it useful.
So instead of wracking my brain and going backwards with what we’ve seen, I’m starting fresh with what we watched last night.
I read a review on “Hoodwinked” at Plugged In , and was skeptical, but picked it up anyhow with our free-movie coupon from Blockbuster. I was impressed by the cast of actors listed and thought that if it was even partially-good, it was worth the free-coupon-use. 😉 I’m picky, eh?
“Hoodwinked” is rated PG, but I really can’t come up with a reason why. There is no profanity, nothing objectionable, and no violence. Yes, there’s an axe-wielding “woodsman,” but as we find out, he’s really a German-accented actor who’s trying to find his “inner wood-cutter” for a TV commerical.
The movie tells the story of Little Red Riding Hood (the same fairy-tale we grew up with) from multiple perspectives. Just when you think you know the story, the movie convinces you that you don’t. So you get to hear it from Red’s (Anne Hathaway) perspective, the Wolf’s (Patrick Warburton), the Woodsman’s (Jim Belushi), and Granny’s (Glenn Close). And oddly enough, even though it’s entirely fictitious, I found myself thinking that this was actually plausible–that I really didn’t know the story of Red Riding Hood. The police chief is voiced by Xzibit, who hosts Pimp My Ride on MTV, and the inspector (a long-legged frog) receives his character from David Ogden Stiers, or Dr. Charles Emerson Winchester III, of M*A*S*H fame.
The twists and turns in the plot are worthy of accolades, and my favourite character is split between the Wolf (who is a reporter and writer) and Twitchy, his sidekick and photographer. Twitchy, incidentally, is a squirrel who speaks in a ridiculously high-pitched voice at nearly the speed of sound, and when he actually gets his hands on a cup of coffee…well, watch out! 😆
Brendan loved the movie, but as most animated movies that are deeper than Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties, there are two levels of humour. He didn’t get the things we laughed at, but there was enough slapstick comedy that kept him going.
I won’t spoil the ending, but I will tell you that we found this movie to be entirely amusing and entertaining–enough so that it might actually enter our permanent DVD collection. And that says a lot–we are incredibly picky about what we actually purchase.
Until next week, happy watching! And if you’ve not started a tradition like Family Movie Night, I highly encourage it. It will be something that your whole family will enjoy and your kids will not forget as they grow up. .