Thursday, November 13, 2014

Movie Review: Lilo & Stitch

The Story: After being created by a mad scientist and captured by the intergalactic government, a destructive alien escapes to earth. The ruthless little creature chooses a human girl to shield him from the agents who pursue him, but as the girl’s kindness starts to warm his heart, he has to choose between turning from his wicked ways or continuing on his dark, lonely path.

My Thoughts: A bit like E.T. crashed into a typical children’s animated film, this movie is more coherent and entertaining than that analogy might suggest. Watching a seemingly heartless monster slowly be tamed by love is, in this somewhat goofy setting, quite amusing, and surprisingly, the story goes deeper than that.

Rather than settling for the typical message about the importance of family, the story vividly illustrates the necessity of learning selflessness in order to make a family work, and that element makes this film much more memorable than it would otherwise be. The colorful animation and setting fit perfectly with the quirky story.

Content Overview: Crude humor, some mild innuendo, and the potential for children to imitate the bad behavior of certain characters are the only real concerns, and they’re prevalent enough that parents might want to watch this film first before letting small children watch it. There’s also a bit of mild violence and scariness.

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