Release Date: November 4th, 2016
Doctor Strange is the long-awaited, live-action adaptation of the old favorite Marvel comic book character of the same name. Dr. Stephen Strange suffers a car accident that robs him of the use of his hands–and in the healing process, the good doctor is pulled into a strange, mystical world of magic. Dr. Strange must choose between his life of wealth and status, or saving the world.
Quite a mouthful, right? This is the Marvel universe’s fourteenth feature film, and they really do just keep getting better. Starring the amazing Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange himself, fans were eager to see this beloved Brit step into the role of a classic superhero.
They were not disappointed.
Cumberbatch portrays this character so well–it should be noted that Dr. Strange is a smug, arrogant surgeon in the beginning of the film. He’s self-serving and reckless. However we get to enjoy a change-of-heart situation as Dr. Strange begins seeing the world in a whole new way.
Aside from a kiss on the cheek, audiences aren’t going to find much in the way of sexual content in Doctor Strange…but the same cannot be said about violence. Of course, if your child has seen any of the other Marvel films, the violence level is relatively the same. Epic fight scenes as well as the jarring car crash can both be shocking to very small children.
Parent should also note the use of profanity in this movie–again, most Marvel movies boast some amount of profane language.
Overall, we would say that Doctor Strange is a thrilling and visually beautiful film that parent should enjoy with their older children–eleven and up, we would suggest.
Release Date: November 4th, 2016
It seems the new fad now to release a children’s film jam packed with names their parents would recognize! We’ve seen it with Inside Out, Angry Birds, and now Trolls. One look at that cast list (boasting everyone from Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick to John Cleese and more), and your jaw will hit the floor. From the creators of Shrek, fans poured a lot of hope into this brand new DreamWorks release–and the result was decidedly good.
With this musical cast (Kendrick, Deschanel, Timberlake and Stefani) it isn’t really a surprise that the crowning glory of Trolls is the soundtrack–Justin Timberlake’s brand new original song is showcased in this lighthearted comedy.
The story isn’t anything to write home about–the trolls are a sweet, happy-go-lucky group harassed by the dreaded “bergens” The bergens are unhappy and sour, but find happiness in munching on the cute little trolls! That’s right–if a bergen eats a troll, they’re a little happier for a short time. SPOILER: In the end, Poppy (Kendrick) teaches the bergens that happiness comes from the heart–not eating trolls–making this a classic feel-good film about acceptance.
Truth be told, Trolls is a perfect film for little ones–silly humor and cute songs keep preschoolers and some young elementary children entertained. Your ten-and-ups won’t get much from Trolls (save for a goofy song stuck in their head). It’s a sweet, get-along, classic story with likeable heroes and a lot of silly humor.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Release Date: November 18th, 2016
Where to begin? JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a masterpiece (just like everything else she’s ever touched). She invites us back into the magical world of Harry Potter for a look at the life of Newt Scamander–a writer who goes on a wild adventure seventy years before Harry ever picks up his book at Flourish and Blotts!
Eddie Redmayne (academy award winner and star of Les Miserables, The Danish Girl and The Theory of Everything) plays Newt Scamander–a slightly frumpled English tourist just arriving on the streets of 1920’s New York City. At least, to the untrained eye…
Newt is actually a Magizoologist–a compassionate rescuer and protector of magical, mystical animals. Newt makes new friends, finds new, incredible species, and realizes there’s a dangerous dark side to the magic of NYC…
If your children made it through the Harry Potter films, they will have no problem with Fantastic Beasts–there is some mild violence and peril, as to be expected. Little to no profanity, however–unless you consider “bugger” profanity?
Longtime fans of Rowling’s wonderful, magical world will love this charming continuation, though we might advise against taking your ten-and-unders anytime soon.
Release Date: November 23, 2016
Folks cannot wait for Moana! This eagerly-anticipated brand-new Disney film is already captivating huge audiences–grown lovers of Disney and little ones alike! Starring the one, the only, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and introducing the beautiful and talented Auli’i Cravalho as Moana herself! Viewers will be getting a fun and engaging look at polynesian mythology and culture in Moana–audiences will follow the plucky pre-teen princess on an adventure out onto the waves. While on her journey, Moana meets the hilarious Maui (Johnson), who guides her to becoming a master wayfinder. Moana and Maui encounter a number of mythological monsters and impossible odds, while completing an ancient quest and finding true treasure.
Moana proves to be the release of 2016 for children–from the creators of the renowned Inside Out and Frozen, Moana has a lot of heart, as well as a lot of laughs. Audiences have already fallen in love with Moana as a role model for their daughters–she’s tough and resourceful, headstrong and good-hearted. She’s no damsel in distress! But most of all, Disney fans are raving about Moana’s realistic body shape–for so long, Disney has continued to animate tiny-waisted, big-eyed princesses, and continued to catch trouble for it. In the release of Moana, kids will see a princess that looks more like them. Her pre-teen body shape is far more relatable to young female audiences than that of other fully developed “teen” princesses.
Overall, Moana is a beautifully animated, good-hearted must-see–for kids, parents, teens, young adults…everyone should see this movie!
Keep an eye out for next month’s edition of Monthly Movies, which will feature such films as Rogue One, Sing, and more!