Inspiration From The Movies

Movies As Art

Have you ever walked out of a movie and then spent the next half hour talking about that movie? Every time you hear the movie title, you’re like “I LOVE that movie!” Every time you hear that somebody hasn’t seen it, you make a shocked face and say something annoying like “What?!?! You HAVE to see it!!!” The story, the music, the acting or animation… It can all be so inspiring! Lucy and I have been watching some great, inspiring movies lately. 

Have You Seen...

No, not the muffin man. Some of the latest movies (at least “latest” as of January 2020). Thanks to holiday gifts and get togethers, we were able to get out and see two great films this winter:

We walked out of both of these movies pretty pleased. Lucy keeps mentioning my inability to stop talking about Frozen II on the drive home!

Movie Popcorn

I Liked Frozen 2 Better

We waited a long time to see the first Frozen movie. I thought it was pretty cute and a nice departure from the typical save me and now we’re getting married princess movie. The characters aren’t perfect and the relationships are complicated. 

I think Frozen II takes all of this even further and definitely killed me with the music. Anyone who has struggled with events that really felt unfair or hopeless and anyone who wonders where they fit in when they feel so very different will probably get something out of this movie. 

90’s babies are going to love Kristoff’s epic ballad moment. Olaf provides the best crack up moments. You don’t have to love the movie to love my three favorite songs from this movie:

  • Into The Unknown
  • Show Yourself
  • The Next Right Thing

In A Galaxy Far, Far Away

Apparently people still had struggles. These struggles involved light sabers, the force, and the dark side, but are somehow still incredibly relatable. I’ve loved Star Wars since I was a little girl, and Lucy was just introduced to the movies at the end of last year. 

Getting to share the movies you grew up with is such a fun part of having kids. Unless, they hate them or you realize they had a lot more potty language than you remembered (I’m looking at you Goonies and The Last Dragon!). Fortunately, this isn’t the case with Star Wars. 

I thought this 9th installment in the Star Wars saga was just right. There was maybe one fight scene that got me thinking like, yeah ok…I get it… you’re both like SO strong, awesome. But the end reward was worth it. All-in-all I would recommend this movie to anyone who enjoyed Star Wars VII and VIII. Or, anyone who loved the originals and want to see some cameos of their favorite force-wielding heroes. 

They win by making you think you’re alone.

- Star Wars IX Peeps - Like, more than one.

Are You Watching The Mandalorian?

What?! You haven’t seen it? *shocked face* You HAVE to see it! Kidding. But if you’re waiting to see the next Star Wars movie until it comes out on Disney+, why not check out “baby Yoda”?

OK, so this isn’t a movie. The Mandalorian is a Star Wars spin-off series streaming on Disney+. It stars a… well, Mandalorian bounty hunter who finds himself making some pretty uncharacteristic choices when he runs into a 50-year old “asset” that happens to be the CUTEST itty bitty baby “Yoda”. 

I love the characters, the credits art and theme music so much! If you’re still not tempted, Google “Baby Yoda memes” and see if that does it for ya.

I have spoken.

Baby Yoda

Have You Ever?

Sharing Childhood Movie Favorites

Aside from my Goonies and The Last Dragon mishaps, sharing my childhood favorite movies with Lucy has gone pretty well. I can’t think of any others that I really regretted sharing. Have you had experiences like this? Where you were like, “Hey kids! You’re going to LOVE this! I used to LOVE this!”? And then you’re like wincing during all the cusses or grown-up jokes thinking “was THAT always in there?!” Let us know. In the meantime, here are a few of our multigenerational favorites:

  • Labyrinth
  • Willow
  • The Last Unicorn
  • The Dark Crystal 
  • The Worst Witch (1986)
  • Willie Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
  • Return To Oz
  • Marry Poppins (1964)
  • Bedknobs & Broomsticks
  • Milo & Otis
  • Disney’s Robin Hood
  • The Sword In The Stone
  • Fiddler On The Roof

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