Do you wanna punch a snowman? Someone posted that on Facebook the other day and I laughed out loud because I think we’ve all been there. Or are there.
As wonderful – truly wonderful – Frozen was, it was also kiddie crack, especially for little girls who have spent the past six months singing all the songs all the time. All. The. Time.
Good news, there are more movies to go see to get a break from Elsa, Ana and the snowman even if just for the 90 minutes plus previews you’re sitting in the cinema. Shush now darling, you’re not allowed to sing in here. That’s the rules of the movies.
So what to see? My vote goes to Maleficent.
It began with a controversy on my Facebook page. Because how else would a trip to the movies with my kids start? Leading up to the school holidays, I had a question. And so with hope in my heart for a calm and helpful response, I asked it:
If you’ve met social media before, you won’t be surprised when I tell you that my question divided people into two passionately opposing camps. 1. Those who thought Maleficent was AMAZING and totally fine for little kids. 2. Those who had child services on speed dial and were APPALLED that anyone would even consider taking young children to see a movie that was rated M. HOW VERY DARE YOU. The divide was neatly summed up by this sample of comments:
And so it went, the lovers and the haters (not so much of the movie but of the idea that I would even consider taking my kids to ‘that kind of film’ – and I don’t think all of those people were Jennifer Anniston supporters who still can’t let go of their anger). I took my kids anyway because not a single person who had seen the movie said it would be too scary or inappropriate for a 5 and 8 year old and I figured they would know more than all the people who hadn’t seen it and yet had firm views that it was The Wrong Thing To Do.
We bloody loved it. In fact, I think it’s the best kids movie I’ve been to since…. Frozen. And my god it was lovely to see a film that didn’t have Let It Go in it. Love that song. Need a rest from it.
OK – first to the M rating. The classification describes it like this:
Mature (M)The content is moderate in impact.
Films and computer games classified M (Mature) contain content of a moderate impact and are recommended for teenagers aged 15 years and over. Children under 15 may legally access this material because it is an advisory category. However, M classified films and computer games may include classifiable elements such as violence and nudity of moderate impact that are not recommended for children under 15 years.
Parents and guardians may need to find out more about the film or computer game’s specific content, before deciding whether the material is suitable for their child.
There was no ‘nudity of moderate impact’ (my new favourite phrase) and the violence was confined to three or four big battle scenes, which were absolutely awesome. There were lots of fantasy elements in the battles (forrest creatures and so on) but nothing terribly graphic.
I have no idea what the M rating is based on, suffice to say, it’s soooooo fine unless your kid is prone to being easily frightened or having bad nightmares. My 8-year-old daughter was obviously totally cruisey about it and my 5 year-old-son was riveted. Battles. Weapons. Enough said.