Recently, we were lucky to have been asked to attend an advanced screening of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. I’ve been looking forward to this movie for a while – I think it must have been in here summer that we saw a preview for it, and it looked hilarious. I am always on the hunt for movies that we can see as a family. It can be tricky, because my husband doesn’t love the animated movies that Q wants to see, so aside from the superhero ones, there aren’t always ones that the three of us actually enjoy watching together.
I don’t know about you, but I loved the book that this movie is based on. It was certainly a favourite from my childhood, and I thought that it was pretty cool that they were making it into a movie. Q’s Grade 1 teacher has a copy in the classroom too, and he has been very excited to be able to read it. I didn’t realize that he had read it before we saw the movie, so it was interesting to me to hear his comparisons between the two after it was over.
If you are not familiar with the story, it is the tale of a boy who just cannot get things to go his way. Hs family, on the other hand, seem to have everything go perfectly, all the time. He wakes up with gum in his hair, the most popular kid in school plans an epic party at the same time as Alexander’s birthday party and he has a little “incident” in the chemistry lab. And the worst part of the whole thing is that his family doesn’t really seem to care. In a moment of frustration, Alexander wishes on his birthday candle for his family to really understand what it is like to have a truly horrible day. What happens next is truly hilarious.
The next morning, Alexander wakes up and things feel, well, good. For him at least…
This movie has a great story of what can happen when a family really bands together when bad things happen. It is a story of understanding and loyalty, and how even the worst day can be made better when you are with those you love.
It is a great movie for the whole family, and there was nothing that wouldn’t be appropriate for all ages. Really little kids might not understand all the jokes but there is plenty of physical humour to keep them laughing. Q loved it, and said that it was “awesome”. He was enthralled by the story and nearly fell out of his seat laughing several times. He particularly loved the scene involving Alexander’s dad, baby brother and a green marker. He is still talking about the movie, which is always a good sign in my books. I would definitely recommend this movie, especially if you need a pick me up on a gloomy day. The movie is playing in theatres now.
Have you seen it yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts.