Archives for the month of: January, 2015

The only reason I can think of which should stop you going to see Kingsman: The Secret Service is if you can’t get a babysitter (kids come before films obviously) In which case you either need to draft in some emergency childcare or rent and download this film as soon as it is available to do so because you don’t want to miss this one. It releases on Thursday (29th January) in the UK so start planning now.

Staring Colin Firth and directed by Matthew Vaughn you know it’s going to be brilliantly English but add Samuel L. Jackson to the mix and you have a film that crosses X-men with Lock Stock with an extra helping of humour. Basically my perfect film – action packed but lighthearted with twists to keep you on your toes.

With a star studded cast, Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin (Taron Egerton) who lives on a South London estate and finds himself drawn into the suit clad super-secret spy organisation headed by Arthur (Michael Caine) that his late father secretly worked for. Recruited as a trainee by Harry Hart (Colin Firth) he is flung into a very competitive training program. In the meantime tech genius villain Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) plans to solve the problem of climate change which seems tame but really isn’t when you get into the details.

Kingsman : The Secret Service Official trailer

I went into the cinema to see this film with very high expectations having been told how great it is and I wasn’t disappointed. There is enough fighting and gore to rival any Quentin Tarantino film but I can only describe these scenes as creatively artistic with colour and music used in the most ingenious way that you don’t seem to notice that someone has just had their throat slit and an axe lodged in their head.

Richmond Valentine (Samuel L Jackson) is a squeamish villain with a heart and a lisp that makes him hard to hate. He is actually lovable and his plan to solve global warming is obviously cruel (he is the villain, so is expected) but ingenious. His beautifully lethal side kick is the one to fear – I was glued to her every move as I sat munching popcorn.

You can’t help but like Eggsy (Taron Egerton) from the start even if he is heading for prison and is the stereotypical South London estate yob but he gives those yobs a good name and proves his worth over and over. Helped along by fatherly Harry Hart (Colin Firth), although you don’t want to get on the wrong side of him.

This film has enough edge of the seat moments – did you know how useful a shower pipe and a toilet u-bend can be in some situations? – and twists to keep you hooked but enough laughs to keep it light hearted. There are a couple of moments when you really feel for Eggsy’s baby sister and as a parent that knot in your stomach makes you want to watch through your hands just in case but not enough to leave any lasting can’t sleep thoughts. (or maybe that only happens to me if I see any child in horrendous situations?)

Running time is 1 hour 40 mins, add trailer time and depending on the showing times available at your local cinema you can have the kids in bed before you go and be back before the baby sitter starts to charge double time or gets board and starts trying on all your clothes or eats the full contents of your fridge.

A brilliant film with a brilliant cast, brilliant story line and brilliantly done. In a word Brilliant!
Go see it and then download it to keep, or buy the DVD.

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Over Christmas and the New Year something occurred to me, I (we) watch a lot of kids films and by kids films I mean rating U and PG. This occurred to me as hubby and I settled down to watch Brave one evening. Just us. Our 4 year old was tucked up fast asleep in bed.

On Christmas day night we had watched Prisoners, it’s rare for us to watch any films rated over PG and we decided to go back to our usual ways after watching children being abducted and parents going crazy over it – as any parent would – just a bit too depressing.

So, here is a rundown of my top 10 kids (and one for the adults) films that you and your kids may or may not have seen that you should, with some that you definitely will have but I think should be watched again and again. I’ve thrown in a film rated 15 for that time when we get a little us time (if you’re lucky enough!)

1) Brave – a couple of jump in your seat moments for a two year old but a brilliant watch. Girls are tough too.

2) The Lorax – I can watch this film over and over, never mind about my 4 year old. A colourful and moral filled film with Taylor Swift and Zac Efron staring (in animated form) and a soundtrack so fantastic you’ll be singing your way through your days for a while after.

3) Tangled – my son loves this! We watch it over and over and it doesn’t get old. How Rapunzel goes about her adventure without getting her hair in major knots or ripping her hair out in clumps amazes me.

4) The Lego Movie – really one for the adults with the moral of the film really aimed at them (‘not the kraggel!’) but good for all kids, just the oder they are the more they will appreciate the full extent of this film.

5) Kingsman: The Secret Service – Out in the UK on 29th January. See review coming soon – definitely one for date night. A big enough cast and enough twists and action to keep you on the edge of your seat but enough laughs to keep it light so that you can sleep a night – if your kids will let you……

6) How to train your Dragon 1&2 – OK that’s two films but still- some jump in your seat moments and a lot of fighting but a brilliant watch, showing you that doing things differently from everyone else is not a bad thing.

7) Cars (1&2) – never tire of these films. Good ole Disney Pixar fun at it’s best.

8) Toy story 1, 2 and 3 – I know that’s 3 films but are goodies you can’t disagree!

9) Lion king – Hakuna matata, what a wonderful phrase, hakunta matata aint no passing craze!!! No more needs to be said.

10) We’re Back! A Dinosaur Story – rather scary in places with old Screw Eye but balanced with just how great this is. My 4 year old loves it and started watching it when he was 3. My brother loved it too when he was that age and still does over 20 years later!

Where is Frozen I hear you all exclaim! Well I thought that one went without saying so didn’t include it 🙂

Right, off to book tickets to see Big Hero 6, can’t wait! Has been dubbed ‘Frozen for boys’ – we shall see and I’ll let you know.

Toodlepip x

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