ParaNorman is about a boy called Norman who loves zombies and he can see and talk to ghosts but no one believed him except his a kid called Neil who wants to be friends. He can even talk to his dead grandma when he’s watching televison.
Everyone thinks he’s odd, and he gets bullied at school. But he discovers the witches curse that is on his town that brings the dead people to rise as the undead. But no one believes him about that until it comes true.
Then Norman, and Neil, and his sister and the bully have to help save the town from the witches curse. SPOILER ALERT The zombies are actually good, one of them is called The Judge, and the witch is a teenager .
It was much spookier and better than Hotel Transylvania and as good as Frankenweenie. I liked it best when Norman pretends to be a zombie when he’s cleaning his teeth and when the zombie came out of the bathroom with toilet paper on him.
Frankenweenie is about a young boy called Victor and his dog Sparky. One when they were playing baseball, the ball goes on the other side of the road, when Sparky chases it, when he runs back a car hits him and he dies. For his science experiment Victor makes Sparky come back to life by using Frankenstein’s experiment with lightning.
The school was having a science fair and Victor was going to use Sparky as his experiment at the fair, but one of his friends finds out and wants to do the same experiment. He uses a dead goldfish but when the experiment is over, the goldfish is invisible. Then other kids do the same experiments with other dead pets. The best dead pet is Shelley, a turtle who grows into a giant turtle like Godzilla who goes crazy and attacks everything.
I really liked it; it’s funny and spooky, more spooky than Hotel Transylvania. My Dad told me that it’s in black and white to make it like a copy of the old Frankenstein movie, which is called an homage. SPOILER ALERT The end is the same as the old Frankenstein movie when they go to a windmill and burn it. I haven’t seen it yet but my Dad says I can watch it and his other old spooky movies (He means Universal Classic Horror).
I give it 4½ stars
Official synopsis for Hotel Transylvania: Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teen-aged daughter.
My Sons review: Count Dracula builds a hotel for all the monsters to have a break away from humans, the monsters are all scared of humans. Dracula is in charge, he has a daughter called Mavis who he doesn’t want to let go out in the daytime as she would be burned by the sun Dracula’s friends are Murray the Mummy, Frank the Frankenstein monster, Wayne the Werewolf, and Griffin the Invisible Man and all the other monsters. A human comes to the hotel called Jonathan, and Dracula tries to hide him from the other monsters by dressing him up as a half-monster like Frankenstein.
The favourite parts of the movie for me was the beginning when they showed us all the monsters and the graveyard near the castle. I really liked the zombies, especially when they were on fire. It’s pretty funny, the funniest bit is when Frank does a fart-prank on Murray the Mummy, and Murray gets blamed.
If little kids liked spooky stuff, they will like the movie, if not they could be scared. It’s not really a scary movie, I would like it more if it was more scary. I give it 4 stars, it would get 5 if it was scary.
My son went to see the Amazing Spider-Man with his aunt and cousin, so I am yet to see it. He liked the movie and wrote this review to explain the story to me… he seemed to like it as much as the other Spider-Man movies.
The Amazing Spider-Man is called the untold story, and it’s about Spider-Man starting all over again. He makes a new suit and gadgets. His gadget on his arm is like a watch on his arm that shoots webs out of it.
Spider-Man gets bad guys out of town like Batman. He has a new guy to fight called the Lizard. The lizard used to be Peter Parkers friend who is a scientist, he puts needles into mice with no arm like him; the needle makes them turn into lizards. He puts the same needle into his arm and he gets scaly skin on his arm, he rips it off and he has a new arm. But it turns him into the lizard.
That’s all I can remember. It was good fun, I liked the bit when Spider-Man shoots a web onto a bad guys penis, but the bad guy had clothes on, but it still hurt him.
Stars 5 Stars
After what seemed like thousands of requests, and reasons as to why he should be allowed to see it, I took my (almost) seven-year old son to see The Dark Knight Rises. He still hasn’t seen Batman Begins or The Dark Knight, so I prepped him with a little bit of back-story…
I like the Dark Knight because it is from a DC comics and I like DC comics. The Dark Knight Rises is about a dark storm coming to Gotham, and he’s called Bane. Bane is a big evil strong guy who wants to destroy Gotham and Batman.
Bruce gets robbed by Catwoman, then Bruce Wayne goes to the doctors, the doctor tells him that he’s got lots of bruises on his legs, his arms, his back and his head. But he goes back to the Bat Cave and Alfred presses a button and his new bat suit and gadgets come out of a hole in a glass cage.
First Batman chases Bane on his motorbike, Batman catches Banes henchmen but not Bane, but Bane still has some henchmen left. Batman rescues Catwoman and they escape in Batman’s new Bat jet. Batman fights more of Bane’s henchmen before Bane and Batman fight. Bane knocks Batman down, he picks him up and puts Batman in a hole in the ground which is a jail. Batman has to climb up to get out, he falls first, then climbs out and gets his bat suit back.
SPOILER Bane trapped all of Gotham’s Police underground, but Batman explodes the concrete and the Police escape. All the Police fight Bane’s henchmen, but Bane has a huge bomb that is going off in twelve hours. Batman comes back and knocks some bad guys out, then Batman breaks Banes mask, and beats Bane.
I liked the movie, my favourite was Batman. Bane was good too. SPOILER The best bits were when Batman flew in his jet and exploded Banes tank and the bit when Catwoman shoots Bane with the guns on Batman’s motorbike. It is too scary for little kids.
Stars: 5 Stars
The Avengers is about good guys fighting bad guys. Loki is the bad guy who brings an alien army to attack earth.
At the beginning, Black Widow is captured and Loki attacks the underground station and hypnotises Hawkeye with his power.
Black Widow gets the Hulk to come to Nick Fury’s ship where Nick Fury brings the Avengers together. Black Widow fights Hawkeye and brings him back.
Loki escapes and brings his alien army to earth and all of the Avengers battle a whole army of aliens and sea monsters who can fly. Loki tries to hypnotise Iron Man but he can’t because Iron man has a robotic heart.
In Stark tower, Hulk smashes Loki like a basketball. Iron Man saves the earth by exploding a bomb in the alien spaceship.
It was a long movie and little kids would be scared, but a big kid like me would give it 5 stars.
Wrath of the Titans is about Perseus fighting big monsters. Perseus is a half-god who fought the Kraken in Clash of the Titans. Perseus doesn’t want to fight anymore but his brother Aires and his uncle Hades capture his father Zeus and tie him up to two sticks covered with lava.
Perseus has to fight a giant two-headed hairy dragon called a Chimera, which breathes fire.
Perseus and the Queen go to an island where they meet 3 Cyclops giants. They are friendly.
Perseus has to go into the Underworld to save Zeus. In the Underworld all of the stone walls move which is like the Hogwarts stairs in Harry Potter. He rescues Zeus and they get chased by Kronos who is a giant lava monster.
Zeus and Hades try to fight the lava monster but they can’t beat it, but Perseus puts all of their power weapons together into a spear and flies on Pegasus into the lava monsters mouth and kills it.
Zeus dies and Hades leaves at the end.
Hugo is always being chased by the train station policeman and his dog. Hugo always gets away but gets caught outside a cafe when two dogs find him hiding.
Hugo has a clockwork robot that can draw. He can’t make it work but he meets a girl called Isabelle in the station and she has a key for the robot. When the robot gets the key it draws a moon with a rocket in it’s eye. The moon with the rocket in it’s eye is from an old movie that the guy from the toy shop made.
SPOILER ALERT At the end, Hugo sees the movie with the moon and the rocket and goes to live with the old guy and Isabelle.
PARENTS NOTE. The ‘guy from the toy shop’ is Georges Méliès, the legendary French filmmaker and cinemagician.
Real Steal is about robots fighting robots, some are good and some are bad. Charlie (Hugh Jackman) is a guy who fights robots. His first robot is smashed by a bull, the bull smashes the robots leg off with his horns and throws it into the crowd.
He has a boy, Max (Dakota Goyo) who is 11 and goes with him to robot fights.
Charlie orders ‘Noisy Boy’ from Japan and he can’t understand Charlie but the girl (Bailey played by Evangeline Lilly) opens up the back of his head and changes some of the wires and makes him understand English. Noisy Boys control is a screen with blue lights and a microphone that he can speak into too to control him. Noisy Boy loses his arm and head, he has purple blood.
Some robots only have remote controls like Wii Sports.
When they go to get new robot parts, Max falls off a cliff and he’s stuck on a robot hand and he’s rescued. Charlie said “I saved you” but Max says “No”, the robot saved him, so he digs up the arm and it’s a whole robot.
He digs it up and after he cleans it up with a hose, he sees that the robot is called Atom and turns it on. Max paints the name Atom on the robot with aqua paint. The girl recharges Atom, he has stitches on his face that look like a nose and a smile, and he has blue eyes. His remote control is not like Noisy Boys, he can copy Max’s movements and the dads in his fight with Zeus.
SPOILER ALERT Zeus is the strongest and baddest robot, he’s the champion robot. Atom stays alive to the end of his fight with Zeus, Zeus wins (on points) but really Atom was winning at the end.
5 out of 5 stars
Batman is about good guys fighting bad guys. Batman, Alfred and the Police are the good guys, the Joker and his mimes (henchmen) are the bad guys. Joker is called Jack before he falls into an experiment of goo and turns into the Joker.
Bruce Wayne remembers that Jack killed his mum and dad when he was a little boy so he really wants to catch him.
SPOILER ALERT The Joker tries to kill everyone in Gotham City with green gas before Batman stops him with his Bat-Plane. The Joker escapes to the top of a church steeple with Batman’s girlfriend. Batman has a fight with the Jjoker, but the Joker doesn’t go to Arkham Asylum because when he tries to escape in a helicopter, Batman ties a gargoyle to his leg and it’s too heavy for the Joker to hang on, so the Joker falls and dies.
Any good: 4 out of 5 stars
Another review by my 5½ year old son. He can’t wait for Harry Potter (he’ll have to wait for me to see it first to make sure it’ll be okay for him… which he’s not happy about) so he knocked off this review of Ghostbusters which he saw for the first time at the weekend.
Ghostbusters is about ghosts and Ghostbusters. The Ghostbusters are guys who stop the ghosts from causing trouble. It’s about gargoyles that break out of the gargoyle statues and come alive. And it is about one skeleton ghost and a green ghost. It is about a giant marshmallow man and the Ghostbusters were attacking it and it looks good but it isn’t really. It is a little bit scary for little kids.
Rating 4 stars out of 5
Another review by my 5 and a half year old son. “Transformers is about giant robots; good robots fighting bad robots. The good robots are Autobots, the best ones are called Optimus Prime and Bumblebee; the bad robots are called Decepticons, the really bad ones are Megatron and Sentinel Prime. It’s about soldiers fighting the bad robots. Sam is Bumblebees best friend; Sam helps the Autobots to fight the Decepticons. There is a lot of fighting and it is fun and I liked it and the fighting parts were really loud and I thought it was too scary in the loud parts. And I saw a little kid in the movies and he looked scared. But it was good.”
4 out of 5 stars
- Super 8
He really struggled to explain what the movie was about when he dictated his review on Sunday afternoon. He struggled to say anything other than “It was about robots fighting robots”; that pretty much nails the entire 2½ hour running time.
Another review from my 5 year old son. He couldn’t wait until the weekend to review ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ so knocked out this review until he sees that behemoth on Saturday afternoon. This is more of a synopsis than a review. SPOILER ALERT. He gives away the ending. I usually edit out huge spoilers from his movie reviews but figured that this is so old now and no-one is going to rent it anyway.
“It’s about a spooky house that’s called a mansion. It’s about ghosts and graveyards. A man and a woman give some people some cookies. There’s a nice ghost. The nice ghost helps the man get his children out of a box from the skeletons that are spooky. The bad ghost can’t get hurt by anyone but in the end he gets fire on him and the good guy is okay. It’s not too scary for kids but little kids might get scared. It’s spooky and funny but spooky.”
Any good ***