I am in the middle of a cinema fallow period. We go to the flicks a lot but there hasn’t been a lot to see this summer – not the stuff I like anyway. HOH has been to see the Bourne movie and liked it very much. FOW1 has enjoyed seeing a bikini clad Blake Lively, on a rock in the sea being terrorised by a shark I have no idea if the main attraction was Blake Lively in a swimsuit or the actual film. Probably a bit of both. As FOW 2 is a film student she has not been too bothered about leaving alone for a while. I wanted to go to the pictures so I dragged various people to two children’s films. There is a lot of creativity (and money) going in this direction.

First up was The BFG. Steven Spielberg’s version of the beloved Roald Dahl book. And it really is beloved – in this house as well as loads of others, so the film-makers are up against that before they even start. We had a cassette tape that we used to play in the car that miraculously turned trips where children were in danger of being abandoned at motorway service stations to journeys where everyone was giggling hysterically. A real gift. Spielberg’s version is very good, beautifully produced and written. Everyone is great in it and if you have no emotional attachment to the book – it is perfectly fine. For me – it wasn’t my BFG so it wasn’t quite the same. 

The next thing I went to see was Finding Dory – The Pixar cartoon. This was equally lovely. The tiny baby Dory is almost worth the ticket price alone. There is a very clever piece where Dory – who has short term memory loss – gets lost and her panic and bewilderment are supposedly based on the feelings of people with dementia. It was very moving. Also moving and I think a bit pinched from stories I have read about God’s grace – is a bit where Dory fears her parents have forgotten her and finds out that they really REALLY haven’t. It’s lovely. 

There are certainly worse ways to spend a couple of hours. Me, I am on alert now for the new Woody Allen – due on Friday. I know, I know. I just love the films. What can I say?



  1. September 1, 2016 / 10:00 am

    Budget stretched very tight this month, but I am holding out for a trip to see Ben Hur. Thank you for the lovely reviews of BFG and Dory. Reassure me that you get a bit weepy too in kid's films sometimes. It's not just me, is it?

    • September 1, 2016 / 7:45 pm

      No it's not just you. Finding Dory is a three tissue movie

  2. September 3, 2016 / 10:30 am

    Oh, I *loved* the BFG. I have never seen any work of Mark Rylance that didn't feel absolutely perfect to me. Loved it.

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