Her Majesty

Her Majesty is a New Zealand family/children’s film from 2001. The story is set in the 1950s and is about a young girl who loves Queen Elisabeth and dreams about meeting her, and an elderly Maori woman who is passionate about keeping her Maori legacy alive. When the two meet a magical friendship starts to blossom.

This film, which is inspired by true events, is a beautiful story about identity, belongingness, loyalty and friendship. It is about learning to appreciate our earth and the people who came before us.

I absolutely loved this sweet movie! I loved learning a bit about the Maori traditions, and I loved the way the story and the characters evolved. I could easily identify with the 12 year old Elisabeth and her courage and big heart when she stands up for her Maori friend Hira. I could also relate to the curiosity Elisabeth has for the deeply spiritual ways of the Maori people and how she learns to appreciate and even adopt some of these traditions. love the friendship between the two, and how genuine and respectful it is, despite the age difference.

I absolutely recommend this magical film to children, teenagers and adults alike! It is rare to come upon such a gem of a movie in these highly commercial times.

Of course, five out of five stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The BFG

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The BFG is a family fantasy film from 2016 directed by the legendary Steven Spielberg and based on the famous children’s book with the same name by Roald Dahl.
The BFG was one of my favorite books when I was very small, and I also love the animated British film adaptation of the book from 1989, so my expectations were..well, to be honest, I kind of expected to be disappointed. I feared that the screenplay had strayed too much from the original manuscript, and that the computerized special effects would spoil the magic of the story rather than add to it. But, to my great relief, I was pleasantly surprised.

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The film shows a great attention to detail, the backdrops of the scenes are filled with little things to feast your eye on. The special effects, even though quite obviously computerized, are not exaggerated or done slobbishly. But the one who stole my heart in the film is the outstanding performance of little Ruby Barnhill who plays the orphaned Sophie, the heroine of the story. She makes the film beautifully charming and is the perfect little Sophie.

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My favorite scenes are the Dream catching scene in Dream country and the breakfast scene with the queen in Buckingham Palace. Dream Country has been designed beautifully, both magical and mystical and very artistic. The breakfast with the queen is hilarious and has been given the time and necessary dialogue to create the same charming silliness as in the book.

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Some critics have mentioned, adult critics, that nothing happens in the film and that it is dull. That is exactly what I love about it. I was afraid that the catching of the Giants would be made into this big violent action scene stealing the film completely, but it hasn’t. It has been allowed to stay as small and funny as Roald Dahl wrote it. The film is not dull, but the magic, artistry and charm win over the action, and that is exactly how it is supposed to be.

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There are a few deviations from the book. Most of them are small and insignificant, and does not take anything away from the story, but, and this is a big but in my book, the ending is all wrong. Sophie is supposed to go and live with the the BFG! To me, that is the whole point, that she chooses a small life with the father figure she has come to love over a rich luxurious life with the queen. The ending gave me a bitter aftertaste, even though I still will say I loved the film.

So all in all, a big fat thumbs-up for The BFG. I highly recommend this movie to kids, families, and adults with a childlike mind and a big imagination (like me! 😄)

Image Credit: All the images are stills from the 2016 movie, The BFG

Kiki’s Delivery Service

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Kiki’s Delivery Service is a Japanese fantasy children’s movie from 2014. The story is about a 13 year old witch who has to leave her parents to find a place for herself in the world. Kiki’s talent is her flying ability, and with the help of a bakery owner and a boy who dreams of flying, Kiki starts her own express delivery service. But it’s not all the inhabitants of the quaint little town Kiki has adopted as her new home, who feels the same way about witches. A rumor is spread, claiming that Kiki delivers curses, not parcels and letters, and Kiki slowly loses her confidence in herself, and as her self-belief declines, so does her magic… Will Kiki be able to find her way back to her magic? Or is her fate to live as an ordinary girl? The problem with ordinary is that Kiki doesn’t even know how to ride a bike!

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I loved this sweet little movie! The pace of the film is a bit slow, and the action will mostly excite quite small children, but what I loved were the details! The little whimsical shops, the blue and white wind mill Kiki lives in, the colorful vintage inspired clothes, the veterinarian who lives in the jungle and brews coffee in laboratory flasks, the tiny be-flowered streets with odd vintage shop signs, and the charming quirky inhabitants. I could feast my eyes on these little details forever and ever, wishing I was a witch living in that town! 😊😊.

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I highly recommend this film, especially to little kids, older children and adults might enjoy the animated version of this film produced by studio Ghibli in 1989 better. But I found this version enchanting!

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Pan

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Pan is a fantasy adventure film from 2015 starring Hugh Jackman and Amanda Seyfried. The story is a prequel to J.M Barrie’s famous Peter Pan story. In the film we get to know how Peter Pan first came to Neverland, before he was “The Pan” and how James Hook became Captain Hook.

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Normally I’m not too fond of movies that are a spinoff of original books or films, but this movie I loved! The plot is original and creative and wins you over. But the standout is the visual effects, the costumes and the fairylike sceneries that really makes you feel that you are in Neverland, a world of magic and fairies and flying ships. I just wanted to jump through my TV screen and join in the fun!

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The movie is not all fun and games though, it has serious and somewhat scary undertones, and action sequences that make you jump in your seat and grind your teeth in suspense.

As soon as the movie was over I wanted to watch it again, just so that I could stay in the magical Neverland a bit longer, so I think I need to add this film to my library. 😊😊

I highly recommend Pan to kids and adults alike!

Five of five stars! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Enjoy the movie!

The Secret of Roan Inish

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The Secret of Roan Inish is an Irish adventure/ family film from 1994 about a girl who has lost her little brother at sea. He is believed to be drowned, but when our little heroine Fiona hears the legend of the Selkies, she is convinced otherwise.

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The abandoned island of Inish Roan holds a secret, it is where the Selkies (half human half seal) is believed to live. One day Fiona and her cousin Eamon borrow their grandfather’s rowing boat and they head out to sea to investigate the mysterious island. And they are not disappointed…

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I loved this quiet introverted film, the pace is slow and there are no flashy colors or special effects, but that is exactly the charm of the movie! It tells a fairy story, but it makes it look so real and every-day-like that you can’t help believe in the legend of the Selkies. I love the “Irishness” of the film, and all the actors are just wonderful!

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The Secret of Roan Inish is filmed in beautiful Donegal in Ireland, and the landscape is a calming treat for the eye as well. 😊

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I don’t know if this is characterized as a children’s movie, but adults might even love it more. As I mentioned, the pace is slow, so I don’t know if today’s children will enjoy it, but you can always give it a go! 😊😊

I highly recommend this beautiful film!