Thursday, July 4, 2013

Return to Nim's Island


Return to Nim's Island



I took four children to see this recently - ages 9, 7 & 5.  I had my doubts going in but it was fantastic!  The plot is fairly predictable, and it's not going to win an Oscar, but - hey - it's a kids' movie.
 
Bindi Irwin works really well in the main character's role and I was so pleased with the way her character was portrayed.  You couldn't get a healthier female role-model.  The character is presented as a normal teenaged girl - no stick-thin 22 year-olds playing children, plastered with make-up and elaborate accessorising to be seen.  The main character is fit, healthy, funny, full of initiative and spunk and has a very healthy relationship with her dad.  Yay - high five!
 
The movie contains limited violence (mostly of the slapstick kind) and no bad language ("shut-up" is the strongest language element).  The absence of sexual innuendo was especially refreshing considering that even kids' films like Toy Story or Cars often contain smutty adult humour.
 
The environmental themes are not too preachy and don't take over the plot entirely.  The scenery and native animals are beautiful.  Other themes include learning to deal with chaos in life, friendship, trust and love for your family.  So good stuff there to be discussed.
 
The 5-year old was scared at times by the suspense and the kids being in danger so you'll need to weigh that up if you are taking younger kiddies along.  But for school-aged children, I'd give this five mummy-stars!

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