Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Mr. Peabody and Sherman...a movie review

A few weeks ago, I was offered tickets by Allied Hispanic to take the kids to a screening of Mr. Peabody and Sherman in return for a review on my blog, so in the spirit of saying 'Yes' to this... new and unknown opportunities, of course I accepted and here I am with a friendly but honest review to share with you.

The screening was held this past (very rainy) Saturday morning at the Regal Theatre at the Nokia Center in downtown LA.  The boys enjoyed the screening experience in itself, as we got there a little early to take part in some of the pre-screening activities which included balloon making, face painting and each of the boys got their own set of Peabody glasses, a red bow-tie and a movie poster.  Awesome little extra treats!
As an added bonus, especially since we don't usually get to splurge on these, we were pleasantly surprised to find out that we would be watching the movie in 3D! Woo-hoo!

                                                                            Some history first:
The movie is based on the 1950's cartoon Mr. Peabody and Sherman from the Rocky and His Friends animated series. Do you  remember watching re-runs of these cartoons on Saturday mornings?- I do!! Anyway, like most classics nowadays, they've brought a modern version of the cartoon to the big screen for the new generation of kids today.

About the movie-
The movie carries quite of few well known actors  including Modern Family stars Ariel Winter and Ty Burrell as the voice of Mr. Peabody, the most intellectually accomplished dog in the world who adopts and is raising a human boy, Sherman (Max Charles), as his own son. Together they have traveled through time in Peabody's own version of a time machine called the WABAC ("way-back") which has taken them on some of the most incredible historical adventures possible. Sherman has been given a first hand look at history like no other child his age so he unintentionally one ups, Penny (Ariel Winter), another know-it-all classmate during a history lesson. This provokes Penny to become  Sherman's temporary nemesis and the chaos that follows could possibly change his life.

In hindsight the plot of the movie is multilevel and maybe even a bit complex. The story continues as it builds around a variety of today's socially relevant topics  such as- what truly makes up a family unit vs the threat of what is viewed as socially and even legally acceptable, some bullying and even peer pressure. This is what ultimately gets Sherman into some trouble as he tries to impress Penny by taking the WABAC on a joyride, ripping a whole in the universe and possibly changing the course of history. Mr. Peabody is then forced to go out and rescue them and finds himself not only doing that, but figuring out what it means to truly be a parent.

Our review-
My boys loved this movie! Once the movie hits outer space the fun begins. The animation was fantastic and stimulating, and watching it in 3-D really made a difference for me. It was very funny, and full of clever puns that parents could connect with, and according to my oldest son in the 11th grade, he was very impressed with how historically accurate it was, albeit delivered in the most comedic of ways! As an older viewer he said he appreciated the fact that he and the boys were able to relate to the history, and all the scientific references made since they are subjects that they've covered at school. As a parent, I couldn't be happier to hear that and know they were watching a movie that not only entertained them but educated them as well.

One of the things I personally took away from it was the underlying story between a parent and a child, finding out what it means to believe in yourself, and to know that at the end of the day, your parents believe in you too. Or as they boys put it- "they knew they had each other's back, Mom." Exactly boys and don't you forget it!

We hope you'll enjoy it as well, and I'd love to hear what you think of it too.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman premiers this Friday, March 7th at a theater near you! 

From my little corner to yours...Thanks for stopping by!

Note: Thank you to Claudia Sandoval and Alliedim.com for the screening tickets and the opportunity to give a review 
based on my honest opinion and that of my boys.

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