Big Kid Time #filmreview

Do you have a favourite book or TV show or film that is the essence of film-flam, that doesn’t reflect the intellectual rigour with which you apply yourself to your cultural appreciation of all mediums? In short, is there something that drags you away from the daily grind of adulting, to indulge your memory of childhood or silly teenage nonsenses, but which you try hard to conceal from those who think they know you as a grownup?

I have many and mostly I can sneak in a fix – a page of Paddington or Pooh, a YouTube of Monty Python, a podcast of THHGTTG – without being found out. My family knows but there are others who think me serious – fun, maybe, but essentially wise and grounded and not prone to undiluted nonsense.

Last week, I snuck off to the cinema. The Textiliste was at the ballet – frankly I’d prefer to have my nose plucked than that – and the kids deep-diving the specification for their home refurbishment, seeking hidden savings that had yet to make themselves apparent.

My goal wasn’t Shakespeare or Jane Austen. It wasn’t Steve Martin or even Chevy Chase. Not even a piece of Marvel Monotony.

Nope, it was Dungeons and Dragons. I liked the premise, the trailer and… sod it, the humour. It was the same with Toy Story and Monster, Inc. The premise was childish, the story trite but the characters and their interactions perfectly pitched, in so far as such nonsense could be described thus.

I laughed uproariously on several occasions.

Then the lights went up. And along the row from me sat a couple I’ve known for a long time. A serious, slightly worthy pair. With their grandkids. Patently they were suffering in the name of family support. They were being noble.

I met their gaze. I grinned. They looked incredulous. Clearly I’ve become so mentally unstable that I’m no longer capable of finding the right screen. I glanced at the two grandchildren. They too grinned. They had probably enjoyed the film on a totally different level to me, but we’d both got something out of it.

Which was more than their carers. I think their only take away was a sense of martyrdom well spent. I can’t wait for the next time we meet.

And is Dungeons and Dragons worth it? That, dear reader is for you to decide. Frankly it’s a one-watch of a film, but it served it’s hoped-for purpose. And if you prefer to sit through bodices and bonnets well, bully for you. I’m very happy being a philistine.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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31 Responses to Big Kid Time #filmreview

  1. Stephen Tanham says:

    I’d have to choose the spaghetti western ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’. Fabulous music and tear jerking emotion. And the single-minded revenge is … wonderful. And that harmonica!

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  2. I have always found that adulting is much overrated!

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  3. trifflepudling says:

    Not sure that anyone would think of me as particularly mature so have no hesitation in mentioning either Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (apart from over-sentimental ending), or Tremors.

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  4. noelleg44 says:

    I’ve been de-maturing as I age, so this film appeals to me on many levels. I hope to see it soon! (The secret film that I’ve watched maybe four times is Grease.)

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  5. petespringerauthor says:

    Priceless. I laughed out loud, imagining the scene. It’s funny that human nature allows us to judge others for what movies they attend. Screw it! I say do what makes you happy.

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  6. willowdot21 says:

    I am a philistine too roll it on ….I love anything childish ….take me back 😊👍👍

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  7. Good for you! Too much intellectual snobbery about (and maybe that pair had some of it).

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  8. I was with the grandkids and saw Madagascar. Thought I was going to die laughing. The little ones enjoyed the slapstick, but I enjoyed the stuff that was slipped between the lines.

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  9. JT Twissel says:

    I had a friend who adored the Muppet movies – she would go with her kids and laugh a lot more than they did. At the time I didn’t get it but after she passed I began to really love them as well.

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  10. We are on Telly Tubbies at the moment

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  11. Give me some Gerry Anderson any day, Geoff… That said, although I scoffed at the idea of Dungeons and Dragons the movie, like you, I’ve been tempted by the trailer. As has Ess, though I suspect she won’t be fit for the cinema before D&Ds is consigned to your favourite subscription service… Might have to sneak out myself

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  12. Suzanne says:

    Not so much Dungeons and Dragons, it was Shrek the movie that had me in fits of laughter so much so the nieces refused to be seen leaving with us. Children’s movies I am sure are made more for adults to enjoy. People with grandchildren having the martyr look annoy me.

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  13. Widdershins says:

    Haven’t seen it yet, but I’m going to, for the same reason as you – fun! 😀

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  14. Your description of the grandparents and grandkids cracked me up. I’d be like grandma, while my husband would definitely enjoy the movie (since he’s ten).

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