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Thinking of taking your kids out to the movies? You’re in luck! Two new flicks featuring animated characters that will fully grab the attention of the youngsters are out in cinemas today. There’s also a heart-warming story about a couple who face challenges with unwavering love. So, find out what to expect below and take your pick.
What is it about? The animation is the third instalment of the Norm of the North film series. It follows polar bear, Norm (Andrew Toth) on an adventurous journey across the world to recover an ancient Chinese artefact (stolen by an evil archaeologist named Dexter (Michael Dobson) with the help of his lemming friends) and return it to the people of China. Richard Finn and Tim Maltby directed the film.
The good: It’s perfect for a day out with the family; the little ones will easily be distracted with the flashy visuals.
The bad: Although understandable as the film is directed at children, the plotline is thin and the humorous tone is not as funny as it tries to be.
What is it about? The drama takes a look at the lives of a middle-aged couple, Tom (Liam Neeson) and Joan (Lesley Manville) in the midst of the wife’s breast cancer diagnosis. The film is directed by Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn.
The good: The acting is remarkable, and the plotline carries a touching, sentimental tone.
The bad: People who have gone through similar circumstances might be reluctant to relive their toughest moments all over again.
What is it about? The action film is based on the popular video game franchise by Saga, and it follows your favourite blue hedgehog, Sonic (Ben Schwartz) after being discovered by a small-town police officer (James Marsden). The officer, Tom, helps Sonic fight off an evil genius called Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey), who wants to run devious experiments on him.
The good: The opening theme song “Gotta Go Fast” immediately plays in the background of our minds when we think of Sonic. It also helps us reminisce over our childhood. Time does fly!
The bad: After Paramount ordered the redesign of Sonic following negative backlash from its initial trailer in November 2019, will the film live up to the high expectations of fans of the video game?