Hello and happy Thursday. I feel like December is the best time to sit in front of your T.V or computer and watch a ton of movies. Personally, since I started reading at the pace I do, I’ve discovered that I don’t like watching movies as I did before. I’m pickier now when it comes to what I watch, but there are some movies I adore and feel that don’t get the hype they should.
Today I’m sharing with you three movies I love, and I’ll give you my reasons to watch them. Let’s get started, shall we?
-Oz The Great and Powerful
Out of the three, this is the movie I watched most recently (actually re-watched, but I realized I’d watched it before like halfway through) and it easily became one of my favorites. I think you could easily confuse this movie for a children’s one, but in my opinion it’s meant for young adult audiences.
It is a prequel to The Wizard of Oz, and it focuses on how the wizard arrived to Oz and became its powerful ruler. I absolutely love the balance between the magic, fantastic stuff, and the exploration of human issues. I think that last part is what really made me love the movie and realize it’s not really for young kids, the fact that it explores, and at times criticizes the human condition in a way that has you questioning your own thoughts and actions.
I’ve watched this movie twice at, I think, two crucial moments of my life, and I must say I liked it way better the first time. I still love this movie, of course, but I think much of it’s appeal comes from the first time you watch it, the novelty of it all. It is a prequel to the Sleeping Beauty, which is my all time favorite Disney princess movie, and it focuses on Maleficent.
Throughout the movie we realize that Maleficent is not all that bad, she’s actually just really angry, and that the king wasn’t as nice and generous as he appears to be. We learn that Maleficent is not really a witch but a fairy, and again, we see how some issues related to human relations are explored.
I know many children have watched this movie, and I’m pretty sure it’s advertised as a children’s movie, but again, I feel adults will really get the true meaning of this story, which goes beyond just letting us know what was Maleficent’s life like before becoming the villain of the Sleeping Beauty.
-Puss in Boots
Finally, there’s Puss in Boots, which is a spinoff of Shrek. Here we learn about the Puss in Boots’ life before meeting Shrek, and let me tell you, this story is better than Shrek the 3rd and Shrek 4 Ever After combined. Yes, that’s how the last two Shrek movies are called, but I’m sure you didn’t know that.
It’s a funny movie, and it still includes characters from children’s stories and nursery rhymes like Shrek did, but in terms of the message of the story, it goes beyond what our green friend and his adventures taught us.
I think if you’re a teacher, a parent, or a caretaker, you could be able to teach a lot of lessons to your kids with this movie. It explores family relations and how to deal with being betrayed by somebody you love, and also how to act on certain situations or before people who could be negative influences. So, in that way you can really have a discussion on many topics that are key for children as they grow up.
There we have them, three underhyped movies I love. I know I’ll find more along the way, so be sure to check this blog regularly and you might find a follow-up post. In the meantime, tell me some of the movies you love but that deserve more hype.
Love, Miss Camila