Just watched this today. It is super cute and a great coming of age story. Not quite the usual Pixar tear jerker and not a Lin Manuel Miranda soundtrack, but still very good. I liked it better than Luca.
I enjoyed it overall but I did not like Mei’s mother.
Is it on D+? I watched a sneak peek at HS last week. It seemed like it would be cute
Yes, it dropped on D+ yesterday.
Yeah they didn’t quite redeem her like they usually do with ‘villains’ in stories.
I loved loved loved this movie! I came on to start a thread about it as we just finished watching it for movie night and saw you started one!
Same for me personally, but my DS4 couldn’t stop crying near the end. He’s such a sensitive soul. I do admit that I thoroughly enjoyed the cuddles that resulted from said tears.
Cute movie. My 3 boys enjoyed it, despite it mentioning female puberty. They thought the anime effects were pretty cool.
I seriously gasped at what Mei’s mom did at the school, as I felt my prior teenage soul die of embarrassment for Mei.
I personally liked the story better than Encanto (ducking).
In this situation, I didn’t think she was a villain. Instead, it seemed like she was the victim of a vicious cycle, as was seen in the “woods” when she was a teenager like Mei.
Thoughts on this for younger kids? 8’and 5?
Yeah that’s why I put it in ’ ’ bc she’s not really a villian, but for the purpose of this story she kinda was. She had a good reason for doing what she did.
I am not able to judge that, but it’s definitely geared more toward tweens. There was nothing inappropriate for younger kids, but I don’t know that they’d ‘get’ it.
Okay I was thinking a lot of the topics would go over their head which is fine. They just think the red panda looks cute in the promo.
It is ridiculously cute!
I enjoyed it. I still like Encanto better. I don’t understand why they couldn’t have raised her by preparing her for what was going to happen. Teach her to control her emotions. Reminds me a bit of Frozen. Learn to use it and not be afraid of the power.
My kids are 14, 9, and 4 and they all enjoyed it!
I had no idea what to expect, I had not watched any trailers, so I was expecting some sort of animal movie.
DD almost 9 and I were home alone and we watched it together, and I LOVED it. It hit me in the feels watching it with her at this age. I loved that they addressed puberty, first crushes, changing and becoming your own person and the changing dynamics in the mother/daughter relationship. It just felt like the right movie at the right time. Major credit to Disney/Pixar for dealing with all of these big issues so well.
I agree! I don’t think I’ve seen a movie address the issue of puberty so directly, or capture the essence of middle school friendship so well. I love that in this movie, just like Ron’s Gone Wrong (which I also LOVED), the characters can disagree and struggle with the changing relationship with their parents but still love and honor their families.
So many movies especially with tween/teen characters seem to go the easy route of “parents just don’t understand” and have the hero move on alone, and put family traditions and parents in a condescending or pitying light. Not enough credit to kids or parents that love can be complicated but also unconditional and you can still learn from each other, growth doesn’t have to mean growth apart. I like that Disney is starting to portray more complex family relationships.
We watched it last night and everyone liked it!
Especially the Toronto setting!
Some of what one might call the usual suspects are having red-faced fits because it apparently (I’ve not seen it, only read a couple of reviews) shades a little too close to the subject of “ladies’ issues” and has been deemed unwholesome.
You may wish to file that under “this is why we can’t have nice things.”