Enchanted premiered today at the theater in town. I waffled back and forth about taking the kids, and finally gave in this morning. I figured there was no changing my mind once I actually told them we were going to the movies. So here's my review of the experience...
Once we stripped off our mulitple layers of jackets, hats and mittens and pulled out bootleg fun-sized packs of M&Ms from my purse, we settled in for what ended up being a cute movie. For about the first 20 minutes of the movie, I have to admit, I was annoyed. I just can't stand how so many movies have dumbed-down girls. So I sat there making a mental note to add more documentaries to our Netflix. I was honestly thinking to myself, "I wonder if they have any preschool appropriate moves about Sally Ride?". And then the part in the movie came where Patrick Dempsey gives his daughter a book about historical women - Rosa Parks, Marie Currie, etc. I chuckled to myself and realized how silly I can be sometimes. I know Megan wants to see the princesses, and wear her ballerina clothes all the time. I know she likes pink and sparkles, and is the first to notice if I am wearing lip gloss, because she wants some, too. But I also know that we spend many hours a day reading and doing crafts and cooking and just spending time together. I just worry sometimes that her infatuation with all things princess-y is going to turn her into a damsel in distress batting her eyelashes waiting to be rescued. And then at the end of the movie when Gisselle saves Patrick Dempsey, Megan said, "YES!! I like her, she's a brave princess". It was then that I knew Megan would be okay, she's a fighter. The same little fighter that nearly knocked her big brother down shoving him out of the way to get in the minivan because he was taking too long and she was cold.
Overall, the movie was cute. There was a part in the movie where Gisselle and Patrick Dempsey are dancing at the ball and he is singing quietly to her. Megan (was on my lap) leaned back to me and said, "They look like you and Daddy getting married." She's watched our wedding video many times and Keith sings a bit to me during our dance. I thought it was funny that she remembered that.
So, for anyone counting...I've now been to the movies 4 times since we moved to Kodiak 4 1/2 years ago. I need to get out more often!