Frozen was our family movie night yesterday. My son seems to enjoy it, but my wife and I were pretty bored. It felt like forever for the film to get going, and lots of the musical numbers felt forced. You know, like they knew they’d be adapting it for Broadway so they had to pack in lots of set pieces. Even my son, at one point, asked why Anna “is singing the same song over and over.”

It got better once the “core team” was together — Anna, Kristoff, Sven, and Olaf. But it still was kind of all over the place for us. And I also felt like the film didn’t know whether it was about Anna or Elsa.

Mostly we’re stunned this was such a worldwide success.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frozen_%282013_film%29

Tangled was family movie night this week. I loved it, and my son had a blast. Mandy Moore reminded me how secretly awesome she is, and Zach Levi made me want to finally finish watching Chuck.

Mother Gothel is also one of the richest villains I’ve ever seen in a Disney film. Also possibly the most horrific.

Oh, and if this film were played with Burning Wheel, Maximus would earn both MVP and Workhorse (heh).

I honestly have no memory of the film’s original release, so it was a pleasant surprise.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tangled

On Friday we had a movie night with friends, i.e., we invite friends over as an excuse to try and catch up on MCU films, since we never go to the cineplex anymore. We watched Thor: Ragnarok, which was great. Best Thor movie by a mile.

My son watched it, too, which is always kinda tricky because the MCU films are generally pretty damn violent, but honestly unless one of us sequesters ourselves with him there’s no way to keep him from being in the room while we watch.

This was the first one he’s made it all the way through, and enthusiastically so. He begged us to let him stay up and finish the film.

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The film is crazy violent, though it’s all fantasy skirmishing for the most part, which doesn’t bug me for some reason. However, I felt really guilty about the end scene where Scourge is blasting away with his M-16s. That’s just a little too real, and I can only hope that it flew past Henry.

Otherwise, Henry thought the film was a hoot, and he loves “the big green guy”. It took a little verbal gymnastics to explain why Hulk is both mean AND still one of the good guys, though.

The next day I asked Henry what he liked best, and his answer was Surtur. “I liked when the big fire guy smashed the whole city!” I was worried Surtur would freak him out, but the kid is full of surprises, as usual.

I still feel bad that he is around when we watch these films, but I rationalize that we only do this maybe once every six months. I’m deluding myself, I know, but welcome to parenting in the 21st century.