25 June 2012

Movie reviews for (and from) a 3 year old

On rainy days when the playground is out of bounds, me and the winkles like to curl up and watch a movie. We don't have cable or watch TV really but we do let them watch DVD's like The Wiggles or some BBC kids stuff. What's interesting is their reactions to movies; they either get fully engaged or ignore and the first 10 seconds is all it takes. Below are a few with 2 scores; the first is how I imagine little M would rate it and the second one is my score.

About the scale: The scale goes to 11 ("that extra push over a cliff") and so Citizen Kane would be a 10 for me. A wonderful life a 9.5. Godfather's 1 + 2 a 9 (G3 would get a 5 from me). Colonel Blimp an 8. Star wars would get a 6.5. Avatar would get a 5 (and then for the FX). So I am a pretty usual cinema lover and largely inline with the ratings of IMDB et al. Anything below a 5.5 is a 'I would advise you to only watch this film if you absolutely have to'. Above that is a recommendation, pretty much. The "Repeat-ability Index" is my estimation of the number of times you will have to see this before really thinking far too deeply about the plot of the film - like wondering if Lightning McQueen and Sally use the exhaust pipes to...you know, or whether the toys in Toy Story age and die (I mean if they're plastic then would they age?). It's not the irritation of a repeated movie - that will co me after 2 or 3 times in a week - more the brain fart phase. Also note little M is a boy and so Princesses and romance, while appreciated, are trumped by fart jokes and cars every single time.

On to the scoring.

Movie 3M M Repeatability Index
The Incredibles 9.5 9.5 4000
Old Yeller 7.5 9 30
101 Dalmations (original) 5 7 5
Finding Nemo 9.5 8 100
Ratatouille 8.5 7 50
Cars 10.5 7 3999
Cars 2 7 5.500001 20
How to train your Dragon 8 7.5 40
Toy Story 3 8 10
Toy Story 2 3 5.5 2
Toy Story 3 3 6 2
Monsters Inc 7 6 10
Wall-E 2 9.9 NA
Mary Poppins 8 5 20
The Jungle Book 9 9 100
Babe 3 7 NA
Shrek 4 6 20
And a few we are cueing up
Lion King
A bug's life
The Goonies
Brave - Our first trip to the cinema!

Any others you recommend? Any scores you agree/disagree with?

1 comment:

  1. Destructo Boy when threatened with a cattle prod recommended Pirates! Band of Misfits. I saw it with him & can confirm that it was very funny. I'd also go for any of the Ice Age trilogy and the wierdly titled but very good Despicable Me. Megamind should also get a mention as should Aliens vs Monsters


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