Who can resist the charm of Johnny English aka Rowan Atkinson? I can’t that’s for sure. He has me in stitches every single time. In fact, all of Rowan Atkinson’s characters do as he plays them so well. He is an expert in combining meticulous attention to detail with slapstick comedy. How can you not laugh?

The latest film – Johnny English Strikes Again – does not in any way fail to deliver the wholesome family entertainment we are used to and the twins will back this up for me as we recently sat down to watch the film on DVD for the purpose of this review.

It’s hilarious and it has a brilliant story line too. It is action packed and your belly will ache from laughing so it really does have the ‘fell-good film’ vibe.

Johnny is reluctantly asked once again to go undercover when a cyber attack leaves all of the current spies in the field exposed. His mission is to find the mastermind hacker and, considering his lack of skills and knowledge in technology, this could be his most difficult (and more likely last) challenge to date.

Bough, his loveable sidekick (played by Ben Miller) also gives a powerful performance and the array of gadgets used by the undercover agent are fabulous.

Rowan Atkinson is a known car enthusiast and had a hand in choosing the cars that were to feature in the film – you won’t be disappointed, James Bond, eat your heart out.

The twins have fallen in love with the adorable spy and would happily watch the DVD over and over again…oh look, it’s raining, the perfect excuse for a half term chill out film, wouldn’t you say?

The DVD is out today (18th February 2019) and has 30 minutes of exclusive bonus features including a detailed look at the film locations and the sets as well as Johnny’s collection of gadgets and cars. There is a section that explores the cast and a deep dive into the legacy of  everyone’s favorite hapless spy!

Johnny English Strikes Again is available now on Digital, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Disclosure: We received a copy of the DVD for the purpose of this post.

Boss baby review

You can tell it’s the summer holidays as the weather has turned! Typical isn’t it, months of glorious sunshine and hot sunny days and now the kids are home it gets cold and starts to rain.

No fear here guys, we were sent a copy of The Boss Baby DVD to review and it’s perfect family viewing. This is just what you need to pull out of the bag on a bad day (or even a good one for that matter!)

The Boss Baby Review

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Well, it’s a comedy. It’s about the new arrival of a baby in the home and Tim Templeton, the older brother who is now 7 and should be in charge, starts to lose his temper when the new baby brother – who wears a suit and carries a briefcase – starts making it very clear he is in charge.

Tim goes on to discover his baby brother is on a secret mission and ends up teaming up with him. together they go on an awesome adventure that might change the world…

Who’s in it?

The baby is Alec Baldwin and other famous voices you are likely to hear are from Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Miles Bakshi and Tobey Maguire.

If you are interested, keep your eyes peeled for the THE BOSS BABY SPECIAL EDITION out on Blu-ray™ and DVD on July 31 which includes some great special features like the new Mini Adventure; a 3-minute action-packed journey through time featuring Boss Baby and Tim. Join the fun as Boss Baby and Tim battle pirates, travel through outer space, swim deep into the sea, and go toe-to-toe with some ferocious dinosaurs! Other special features include “Cookies are for Closers: Inside BabyCorp,”  Deleted Scenes and more!

DreamWorks Animation’s THE BOSS BABY is available now on Digital DownloadBlu-ray and DVD, from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. 

Download the fun attachments below to stretch the fun even further.

 

Boss baby review

Ballerina DVD

Ballerina was one film that the twins saw at the cinema and said immediately they wanted to see again, they adored it. I knew that when it came out on DVD it would be worth purchasing as the girls could watch and re-watch as many times as they liked. They do three dance lessons a week including tap, modern and ballet so, Ballerina really speaks to them and inspires them to improve and follow their own dreams.

The story is centred around Felicie, a young orphan with the single passion of becoming a prima ballerina. Felicie doesn’t walk anywhere, she dances and leaps and twirls and springs. Tables and chairs don’t get in her way, she glides over them, slides across them or pirouettes around them. Felicie is obsessed with dancing. Her best friend in the orphanage is Victor. Victor is an aspiring inventor, he is always making machines or objects, some work out but most don’t. However, this doesn’t deter Victor in his mission to become a famous inventor. He is also a tiny bit in love with Felicie. Together the children hatch a plan to escape the orphanage and run away to Paris where their dreams can come true.

Ballerina follows the children and watches how they do everything in their power to make their dreams come true, including the odd lie here and there (Felicie).

It is a very enjoyable film and one I shall enjoy watching again with them too.

In case you want to add it to your home viewing bookcase then today – 17th April you can, Ballerina is available for Digital Download and also in Blu-ray and DVD versions courtesy of Entertainment One.

Cast includes:-

Elle Fanning (Maleficent, Super 8) as aspiring young dancer, Félicie;
Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Lawless) as Félicie’s best friend and aspiring inventor, Victor;
Carly Rae Jepsen (Castle, Grease Live!) as former prima ballerina, Odette;
Maddie Ziegler (Pretty Little Liars, Dance Moms) as a snobby trained ballerina, Camille Le Haut.

Download the free activity sheet below for the Ballerinas in your home.

Ballerina activity sheet

Disclosure: We were sent a DVD to review – all opinions are our own and we really do love this film!

sing film review

The twins are super excited as this weekend they have been invited to a birthday outing where a group of friends are going to the cinema to see Sing and then on to eat together to celebrate the momentous occasion of turning 9 years old.

The girls got the chance to see a screening in Leicester Square back in December and they absolutely adored the film. In fact I sent Tommy and Oana up with the grandkids too and the first thing I want to make clear is that this film is suitable for all ages, from Sophie who is 3 to my son Tommy who is 29.

It’s a creation from the same guys who made Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets. Fantastic illustrations, the perfect music choices to run alongside and an amusing storyline to go with it.

Sing – the story

sing the film review

We all know of a community theatre that has fallen on hard times and needs a bit of tlc to bring it back to life, Dapper Koala Buster Moon presides on such a theatre that, in it’s heyday was the best theatre for miles around. Dapper loves his theatre and wants to save it and comes up with one final idea to try and restore the theatre back to its former glory – Producing the world’s greatest singing competition.

Now everyone loves to sing and dreams of hitting the big time, it is no different in Sing, five contestants emerge from the trials, a timid elephant, a mouse, a pig, a gorilla and a punk-rock porcupine and we follow their individual stories as the film develops.

There is an excellent soundtrack to the film including some of my favourite songs, ‘Oh my god, will you look at her but.’ has become a favourite between me and the girls too.

Universal Studios

Sing film review

Written and directed for Universal Studios by Garth Jennings with a fabulous line up of actors including Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane and Scarlett Johansson. The story, animated by animals will keep everyone’s attention throughout, lighthearted with some excellent storylines running through it and some great focus on morals and for pushing yourself to follow the dream.

This film gives viewers 1 hour 48 minutes of fun entertainment and you will come out with a great feel good factor.

Officially in cinemas as of Friday 27th January, keep an eye out for it.

Disclosure: We were given tickets to see the film for the purpose of this post.

Sing film review

stranger things

On set of Stranger Things at the Netflix Christmas event.

Now that Christmas and New Year has been well and truly celebrated and is all packed up and put away we can start turning our eye to the new year, new goals and what to watch on the telebox of an evening whilst the evenings are cold, dark and miserable.

Luckily Netflix has it covered with a huge selection to choose from and some very exciting stuff coming up.

Whats on Netflix for kids

A Series of Unfortunate Events

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Firstly, just before Christmas Netflix sent us through a book to read, A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket – The Bad Beginning. I passed it to Alice who was between novel 3 and 4 of the Harry Potter series and she devoured it in a couple of sittings. She loved it and when I told her that Netflix were showing the series in January she was very excited. In fact we all are and it’s going to be one we all watch together.

Look out for A Series of Unfortunate Events on 13th January.

Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 2

If you have a fan of Voltron at home then they will be delighted to hear that a second series is coming up on Netflix, watch out for the next 13 episodes as of January 20th.

Trollhunters

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From 23/12 there are 13 hours to watch. Here’s the lowdown –

From the master storyteller Guillermo del Toro comes a tale of two worlds set to collide in the epic saga DreamWorks Trollhunters. When ordinary teenager Jim Lake Jr. stumbles upon a mystical amulet on his way to school one morning, he inadvertently discovers an extraordinary secret civilization of mighty trolls beneath his small town of Arcadia. Strong-willed and seeking adventure but wholly unprepared for the responsibilities thrust upon him, Jim is forced to take on the exalted mantle of Trollhunter, sworn to protect the good trolls from powerful enemies bent on revenge. The first human ever to hold the honor, Jim abruptly goes from fighting his way through the daily mayhem of high school to joining a war that has raged for centuries, a conflict that now threatens all of mankind and troll-kind alike. Accompanied by his closest human friends and a few key troll allies, the courageous fifteen-year-old must plunge headlong into a fantastical world of astonishing creatures, glorious cities, and fierce enemies desperate to destroy him. Suddenly destined to play a crucial role in an ancient battle of good and evil with stakes that couldn’t be higher, Jim is determined to save the world — right after gym class.

Whats on Netflix for adults

January is the perfect month for cosying up on the sofa with a mug of tea and a some good films. Netflix have some great movies and series to watch out for including:-

Coin Heist
Out on 06/01/17. An exciting film about four teens that hatch a daring plan to raise $10,000,000 when a crisis threatens to destroy their high school. Their first step is to break into the US Mint. 

Clinical

13/01/17 – A pretty female psychiatrist who, when treating a patient who has been horribly disfigured in an accident, is plagued by her own flashbacks to a terrifying attack

Have a great January

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