Film Review: The Marmalade Challenge to celebrate #Paddington2DVD

If you are a regular reader you’ll know just how much we loved Paddington 2 when we went along to the press screening. Its a fantastic feel good movie which is perfect for the whole family. It’s so good its nominated for 3 BAFTAs! If you didn’t get a chance to see it at the cinema then you’ll be pleased to hear that its out from today on digital download, DVD, Blu-ray and 4k UHD + Blu- ray. My kids are thrilled as they’ll now be able to watch it over and over again.

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To celebrate the release we were asked if we’d like to take part in the Marmalade Challenge to design our very own marmalade sandwiches. Now, this was a tricky one- do you go traditional? Off the wall? or shaped? My kids threw some spanners or curve balls at it as they pondered whether marmalade is better on sourdough or traditional bread. Hmm, tricky! This left us with no choice but to try a selection over the weekend, using low sugar marmalade of course. We concluded that the best marmalade sandwiches are traditional white sandwich tin bread (from the bakers not the processed stuff from the shop), but we also give you the option of wholemeal here. Let me know what you fancy the most in  the comments.

Since its the perfect film for our Friday movie nights I anticipate making a lot of marmalade sandwiches!

About the Film

The much-anticipated sequel to the worldwide hit family film finds Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief…

Paddington’s biggest adventure yet sees Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson joining the all-star returning cast of Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi and Ben Whishaw as the voice of the beloved bear.

A Heyday Films and STUDIOCANAL production, Paddington’s return to our screens is helmed by BAFTA nominated director Paul King (PADDINGTON, COME FLY WITH ME, THE MIGHTY BOOSH) written by Paul King and Simon Farnaby (YONDERLAND and MINDHORN). 

PADDINGTON 2 is produced by multi award-winning David Heyman (producer of all eight of the HARRY POTTER films, GRAVITY, THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS, FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM).

The PADDINGTON 2 Blu-Ray and DVD Extras include a director’s commentary, ‘Rain on the Roof’ with Phoenix Buchanan (Full Screen), Paddington 2: The Challenges of Making the Film & a BAFTA Q&A with David Heyman, Paul King, Simon Farnaby, Hugh Grant and Pablo Grillo. iTunes Extras include exclusive junket interviews with Cast & Crew.

PADDINGTON 2 is nominated for three 2018 British Academy Film Awards: ‘Best British Film’, ‘Best Actor in a Supporting Role’: Hugh Grant, and ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’: Simon Farnaby and Paul King.

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#SPIDEYPARTY to Celebrate the Home Entertainment Release of Spider-man: Homecoming

We had a brilliant time on Saturday night hosting a kids Spider-Man: Homecoming party to celebrate the release of the movie. We put on the DVD, sorted out lots of snacks and the kids dressed up as Spider-man!

Thanks to Hasbro for this truly fabulous Spider-man: Homecoming Spider Sight Mask. The mask features moving eyes that are activated when the wearer opens their mask. We love it here and have been fighting over it ever since. Check out my husbands Instagram:

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The eldest is also wearing probably the best Spider-man costume we’ve come across, it was given to us by Rubies and i’m really impressed with the quality. They are definitely the  go to dressing up brand for us going forwards.

So, what did we think of the film? By making Spiderman younger than in the previous films this film is different to the other Marvel films because for the first time Spider-man is a proper school boy super hero. Following on from his appearance in Captain America Civil War this movie charts his rise as Marvel’s youngest and most exciting super hero. Tom Holland is brilliant as Spider-man, managing to be a proper high school geek which enables the kids watching the film someone to associate with.  It all works spectacularly well and my boys absolutely loved him.

Peter Parker’s relationship with Tony Stark provides much of the humour for the film. Some of this is lost on the kids, but as adults we enjoyed it.

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Tom Holland is Spider-Man in Columbia Pictures’ SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING.

There is a great moral theme contained within the film for kids and thats the one of not being taken seriously by adults. There is a running joke where Spider-man is waiting for a call to action from Tony Stark and he doesn’t do various things because of this. In the end he goes out on his own mission, with its own consequences. This provided us with something to talk about after watching the film.

Tom Holland stars as Spider-Man in Columbia Pictures’ SPIDER-MAN™: HOMECOMING.

For once the baddie,  the Vulture, is quite nuanced, he isn’t a typical bad guy. Instead he starts out trying to protect his family and his livelihood but makes some bad decisions which leads to him becoming the bad guy.

Spider-man: Homecoming is a great movie, we all enjoyed it a lot and we’re looking forward to the next movie featuring him! You can get hold of a copy at all the usual outlets in DVD, Blu-ray or digital download. Why not have your own party and tweet us using #SPIDEYPARTY so we can see how you get on.

Tom Holland stars as Spider-Man in Columbia Pictures’ SPIDER-MAN™: HOMECOMING.

Disclosure: We were provided with the DVD, costumes, masks and other items for our party. This hasn’t influenced my review.

Film Review: Paddington 2

We were lucky enough to attend and advance screening of Paddington 2 and we all came away feeling cheered and uplifted. Paddington 2 is the prefect anecdote to this gloomy November weather with its ups, downs, laughs, mild peril and story of friendship.

One of the things we loved about the first Paddington movie was its use of London and in particular the Natural History Museum. This movie made good use of lots of familiar landmarks and as a born and bred Londoner it was lots of fun spotting all the places we knew and recognised. I wont spoil it by telling you.

In the movie Paddington gets arrested and ends up in prison. He turns the experience around in only the way that Paddington can revolutionising the prison dining experience. Meanwhile Paddington’s family are trying to work out who did the crime. Its a brilliant story which works on many levels and entertained us as adults and the children- something many childrens films fail to do. I go as far as saying Paddington 2 is this years must see children’s film, its brilliant and we loved it!

I’ve posted a bit more information about the film below including the social media information should you want to join in the chat.

ABOUT THE FILM
A Heyday Films and STUDIOCANAL production, Paddington’s return to the big screen is helmed by BAFTA nominated director Paul King (PADDINGTON, COME FLY WITH ME, THE MIGHTY BOOSH) written by Paul King and Simon Farnaby (PADDINGTON, YONDERLAND and MINDHORN).

Paddington 2 is produced by multi award-winning David Heyman (producer of all eight of the HARRY POTTER films, GRAVITY, THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS, FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM).
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Film Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Long Haul

This weekend we went to an advance screening of the latest chapter in the Dairy of a Wimpy Kid franchise. This was hotly anticipated in our house because my kids absolutely love the other films and the books are some of the few which my reluctant reader loves. You can go along this weekend and see it as it opens in cinemas on 20th May.

In this film the Heffley family go on a road trip to his grandma’s 90th birthday party and a few things happen along the way.

One of the things which the children were worried about was whether or not a new cast would work. Greg from the other films is just more likeable somehow and the rest of the cast dont have the same chemistry as the cast from the other films. I liked Alicia Silverstones’s mum who frankly reminded me of someone I know, she even has the same glasses. However, on re-watching a bit of the first film in the franchise I can see that this cast just haven’t captured the essence of the books at all.

My daughter (8) pointed out to me that Rowley doesn’t feature really at all in this film. This is a massive shame as he does feature so heavily in the books and she would have liked to have seen more of him.

Greg is asked for a selfie thanks to his ‘diaper hands’ fame

In terms of the storyline, I enjoyed it and thought there were some laugh out loud moments. The rest of the family not so much, I think its because I haven’t read the books or really watched the other films so for me its quite a stand alone movie. A bit like National Lampoon but without the chemistry, or the 1980’s.

Its hard to review a film which is such an iconic part of a franchise and is an entirely new cast because it is never going to live up to the original. One the one hand, it wasn’t the best film i’ve watched this year, however it did have me laughing out loud at several points. On the other hand, the kids who are massive fans thought it was ok, but didn’t live up to the books and the casting didn’t quite match their expectations. As a result I’d suggest that this is a wet Sunday afternoon sort of film, its not offensive (apart from the scene with the fairground ride and sick incident which nearly caused my daughter to leave the cinema) but its not something to rush and see with high expectations.

My last thought- how did I get so old that Alicia Silverstone is now playing a mum to teenagers?

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Film Review: The Boss Baby

This Easter there is a fab new must see film for you to enjoy. The Boss Baby is a new  comedy  from Twentieth Century Fox, DreamWorks Animation and the director of Madagascar about the arrival of a new baby to the household told from the baby’s point of view. We’re really excited about going to see this one, after we saw the trailer the older kids thought it was just like their little brother who was and still is, the boss in our household!

“Let’s just say… I’m the boss!” – The Boss Baby (Alec Baldwin)

Featuring the voice talents of Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow and from the director of Madagascar, The Boss Baby is due to arrive in cinemas this weekend.

Have a look at the trailer here and do leave a comment when you see it, i’d love to hear your thoughts.

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