The Movie: 7/10
Really? I need to write a review for this movie? Let me be brief and totally straight about it. I loved it. I laughed. I cried a tiny bit. I laughed more and more and more, and I enjoyed it a whole dang lot. Is that enough of a review for ya? Probably not. You people are greedy with the words and having someone tell you what to watch and what to like so I’ll expand on this whole “I loved it” concept.
The cast is just plain funny. It’s a good thing, I mean, it’s a comedy. It’s a whacky, raucous comedy with slap sticky stuff and even some subtle more sophisticated humor tucked in here and there. Sophistication is in the eye of the snob who expects it, so that is very subjective. The overall funny moments are simply that thing where we all have a family and we all have bad days so we completely identify with what is happening, even if our version is never quite as comical. A dad who is out of work and a mom who feels she might be losing touch with her 4 kids doesn’t seem funny, but add in some really off the wall mishaps and voila, it is.
The kids are all fun and not too Disney necessarily. The oldest brother is kind of over the top and in the TV Disney realm for a while at the beginning, but after a while he settles down and seems more plausible, in the context of a family movie. Speaking of family, they might not be the most common type of family for everyone to see reflected by their own household, but if you get past that and imagine your own funky group in their place, it’s still a good time.
One word about Jennifer Garner, convincing. She has convinced me that I need to see more of her in more movies of all kinds. She’s funny and solid and she is the character she’s playing from the small facial gestures to the big gestures of slap stickiness. She falls off a bike in this movie and I laughed so hard. I didn’t laugh AT HER, just in the way she pulled it off in her high heels and office suit. Impressive, another word for her. I might have judged her to harshly in the past, but I am coming around.
If you have bad days that are relatively harmless but leave you feeling exhausted and like the world is conspiring against you, this story will make you smile and hopefully relieve some stress. I laugh just thinking about some of the moments, and it’s been days since I saw it, so that’s a very good sign that this is not a forgettable little flick. I would even watch it again for some more laughs.
- Alexander In Real Life (5 Minutes) – Judith Viorst and her son Alex Viorst the real life Alexander reminisce about the book which was published in 1972.
- Snappy Crocs & Punchy Roos (7 Minutes) – The film features an Australian Outback themed pool party and here we take a look at the animal wranglers job.
- Walkabout A Video Diary (6 Minutes) – Young Ed Oxenbould the Australian actor who plays Alexander in the movie takes us on a handheld tour around the set of the film.
- Bloopers – The cast and crew make mistakes and generally have a good time. Jennifer Garner seems to be having the time of her life here.
- Hurricane By The Vamps Music Video
- UV Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 8/10
I might just possibly consider having this cover as a mini poster in my house. Considering. It’s fun and makes me smile, so that’s a big bonus. The menu is what it is.
Audio & Video: 9/10
The Blu-Ray release of Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day features a crisp clean 1080P AVC presentation that is inline with Disney’s offerings of the past few years. Vivid colors and clean black levels are present and no signs of ringing or crush are evident.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track is top tier, voices are clear centered and never obscured by the music. The film features some action but nothing really sets the surround stage on fire. Overall this is a very good release from Disney and I expect nothing less from a company at the top of there Blu-Ray game.
Overall Score 7.5/10