Going to the movies can take on many functions, some of which are a bit more important to others. While most people might think that a movie being a cultural phenomenon or a picture of a generation may be quite important, nearly everyone will discount how important family movies can be in general. Depending on who you ask, this might be more of a comment on how society is changing, but it could just be that family movies are made for only some members of your family.
Was it animated? Were the parental figures just a little too out of touch to seem real? Did the CGI overload make it tough to even look at the monitor? As time has gone on, what makes for a family movie has really been more about making a film that keeps a children attention long enough to give Mom and Dad a breather. Whatever happened to the type of film that made the family feel closer to each other? You know, the kind of movie that taught an important lesson, even if it was a little too near reality. As much as it makes you seem like the old guy shaking his fist at everyone who steps on his lawn, they do not make family movies like they used to.
Then again, perhaps they do, but you might need to look a bit closer or even go back a couple of years in the movies that made you and your loved ones feel somewhat tighter than before. There might be something to this because if you think about the movie marathons that come on during the holiday season, the majority of these movies are a few decades old. A classic is a classic, and even if they years have passed, something about those movies has survived the test of time.
Charlotte’s Web – Though revived and incredibly uplifting, the audience is fully aware of the harshness of life. It is a classic.
A Christmas Story – An air rifle, a child’s imagination, and terrifying pink, full-body bunny suit come together as one of the best Christmas movies of all-time.
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids – If Dad seems like he bungles everything up, it is shocking to see one of his wildest inventions really work! This movie is underestimated, but it has heart, a tremendously talented cast, and a wonderful story to boot.
Little Girls – A classic film based on a classic book. You really can not go wrong, and even if the boys in your family scoff at it, if they sit long enough, they will be swept away.
Once again, a stellar cast make this one of the best movies of the last thirty years & one of the terrific holiday movies of all-time.
Family movies can actually bring families closer together, but it’s important to realize that the movie is not really that important. Whether you’re at home or at your neighborhood movie theater, spending time with people you love is what it’s all about, and in the event that you can have a good time while watching a film at the exact same time with each other, so be it.