Thanksgiving is the holiday Geeky Talk spends time with family eating yummy food, but we also enjoy watching movies we have not yet seen or have not seen in a long time together. For three days, three movies, and with it three movie reviews. The movies in our Thanksgiving movie review are usually perfect for adults, kids, and kids disguised as adults. Read our first three movie reviews below and have a geeky Thanksgiving!
Paddington is a story about a bear from Peru who journeys to London to find a home after an earthquake destroys his home. While at the train station, Paddington is taken in by the Brown family. Being a bear who has never been to London, Paddington’s story is full of silly moments anyone would expect of such a creature. The Brown family swiftly finds this lovable bear is a part of their family in this fun family movie.
The story is fun and funny without a dull moment. The art of Paddington is pretty much true to the character from the children’s books with a few updated touches. I love Paddington’s fur and floppy red hat. He’s perfectly adorable and he is entertaining to watch as he learns how to navigate in the city of London.
The actors brought the characters to life with funny moments dispersed throughout. Nicole Kidman’s character is the villain in pursuit of Paddington’s hide to add him to the specimens of the Natural History Museum. She makes a great villain and is still able to bring humor to the role. Hugh Bonneville as Henry Brown is hilarious. My favorite scene in the movie is when Henry and Paddington have to sneak into the library. Bonneville does a wonderful job.
Paddington is a charming and witty family movie about a marmalade-loving bear who will make your family laugh. You should watch this movie with your family if you haven’t or watch it again. Paddington is streaming right now on Netflix for your movie enjoyment.
I give Paddington four turkey legs out of five for Geeky Talk’s Thanksgiving Family Movies Review.
The Secret of NIMH (1982)
The Secret of NIHM is a personal favorite, but it has been a while since I’ve watched it. The Secret of NIHM can now be viewed on Amazon Prime.
Mrs. Brisby is a widowed field mouse who must move her family from their cinder block home in the field during plowing season, but her son, Timothy, is very ill. Mrs. Brisby visits The Great Owl and is told to visit a group of rats for their help. This is where Mrs. Brisby meets the old wise leader of the rats, Nicodemus, and Justin, a friend of Mrs. Brisby’s deceased husband. Mrs. Brisby learns the rats and her husband were experimented on at the National Institute of Mental Health and gain greater intelligence allowing them to read and think with complexity. Mrs. Brisby must learn to trust the group of rats to help her save her family.
The animation style is truly different from the newer animation of today. The scenery reminds me of a watercolor painting and the art is very beautiful. I feel nostalgic for many of the old films of my childhood. The lines and style of the characters are charming and interesting. Mrs. Brisby is a humble field mouse and she is portrayed this way with her simple shawl and wide-eyed expression. While Mrs. Brisby’s personality is portrayed clearly through the art, this is kept constant with the other characters of the story as well. Nicodemus is easily portrayed as a wise old leader with a taunt face, long beard, and long robe while others such as the villain of the story, Jenner, has thick eyebrows and a sinister grin. The art in this film is superb.
The story of Mrs. Brisby, her family, and the rats is memorable and noteworthy. Mrs. Brisby learns where the rats come from and must learn to depend on them as well. She must decide what will be the best for her family and take some risks and the animation displays this very well along with the themes of interdependence. The rats must rely on each other to gain their freedom of NIHM, as they must rely on each other for their current survival.
The classic animation, The Secret of NIHM, can be streamed now on Amazon Prime. Watch it with the family. I give this film five out of five turkey legs.
The Last Unicorn (1982)
The Last Unicorn is about a unicorn who meets a lousy magician by the name of Schmendrick and Molly Grue after setting out on a journey to find King Haggard and The Red Bull who has pushed all the unicorns to the ends of the land. The world has completely forgotten of unicorns and sees the main character as only a mare. While traveling to King Haggard’s castle The Red Bull runs after the unicorn and attempts to attack her. Schmendrick turns the unicorn into a human which saves her from The Red Bull.
The unicorn, now in human form, is introduced at the castle to King Haggard and his adopted son, Lir, as Lady Amalthea. Amalthea falls in love with Lir but she is running out of time and starts to forget about the quest to find the other unicorns. With the help of Schmendrick and Molly, Amalthea must confront The Red Bull to find out if she really is the last unicorn.
The animation in The Last Unicorn is pretty and intricate. The hair on the characters to the beasts caged by Fortuna are ornately detailed. The colors are beautiful. The story is also an interesting fantasy with side stories adding layered detail to the main plot.
While the animation is artful and the story is a fun piece of fantasy for the family, the dialogue is unnatural and abrupt. The characters do not seem to interact naturally with each other and this may be to blame for the jerky dialogue. I found myself losing interest in parts of the movie due to poor dialogue.
Unfortunately, the poor dialogue also made it hard for me to connect with the characters. Schmendrick was a nuisance, Amalthea seemed cold, and Molly’s character only rendered mediocre interest. Fortuna and King Haggard were slightly more interesting but it was not enough to make up for the main characters’ poor dialogue and unnatural voices.
If you watch The Last Unicorn, focus on the animation and the storyline since the poor dialogue does not flow naturally and hurts the film. The Last Unicorn can be streamed now on Netflix and Amazon Prime.
I give The Last Unicorn two out of five turkey legs for Geeky Talk’s Thanksgiving Movie Family Movie Review.
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