Saturday, February 11, 2012

Previews and Movie Review: Journey 2

Reading the book is always better. Period. But sometimes films get the kids curious about the real books and authors, and this film does that. Its a quick romp with references to Jules Verne, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jonathan Swift and various Greek myths, with some charm and humor. Dwayne Johnson and Michael Caine enliven the story, though one should see better graphics from Disney. The younger actors (Josh Hutcherson and Vanessa Hutchens) aren't given much to work with. Luis Guzman does wonders in his role. There are some clever interludes.
 For those of us who rode the old Nautilus at Disneyland, reminicse.  Here are some trailers.

Best adventure ever. Aaaarrr.
Parents may wish to read the extraordinary books referenced in the film with children as an adventure in itself. The description of Jim Hawkins climbing the rigging in Treasure Island, I won't say why, but it is alone worth reading the book together.

This would also be a good opportunity to get Greek myths straight in kids' heads. Fables and myths are always part of standardized testing, beside those Greeks invented the horror genre, so kids actually like them. Find a simplified version of the famous heroes--Perseus is coming along big again soon. And it is also excellent to see the film after you are acquainted with the characters.
This is some horrible stuff: kids love it.
Lots of paperbacks if you can't find what you want at the library.
There is another Greek myth film coming out soon, Perseus in the forefront.
This is without Kraken. You can check out the preview. The Wrath of the Titans!

The trailer should entice you to read the book.
Please don't miss this wonderful opportunity to travel to Middle Earth with your child or class before December 12, 2012, when the Hobbit comes out. Most everyone has seen Frodo's films, but this is a headsup, obvious chance to share an extraordinary experience prior to seeing what is actually, amusingly, a prequel. It's Bilbo's turn. I am going to nag you about this. J.R.R. Tolkien writes settings so fantastically that you will always be thrilled that you and your 10 to 32 year old read this book out loud together.
Just the spider scenes are worth it. You just have to read this before what appears to be the best of Peter Jackson's Middle Earth films is out. It is a most endearing experience to share, my Precious. 

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