‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ makes great promises, like that of an epic wizard battle. Sadly, we’re not there yet in the story.
Children and Family
After the Goosebumps movie a few years ago delighted both kids and adults, a sequel seemed all but guaranteed. Now it’s here. But can Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween live up to the standard set by its predecessor? The short answer is yes. Yes it can.
Earlier this year, the big-screen adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved children’s novel A Wrinkle in Time disappointed both critics and fans. The film was lackluster enough to cast doubts upon the next highly anticipated children’s book adaptation, John Bellairs’ The House with a Clock in Its Walls. Well, we can all rest easy. The House with a Clock in Its Walls is a much better movie.
Rise of the Guardians feels so familiar, like a piece of childhood come back to life on screen, that you cannot help but fall in love with the characters, fantastical or real in the form of children.
Themes of self-discovery and acceptance are heavy subject material for an animated film, but Wreck-It Ralph handles them with confidence and never becomes too preachy or saccharine.