As Ciaran gets a day every week alone with me while Ben goes to school I decided to invest some one to one time in my oldest son over Christmas. Before Christmas Ben and I had lunch at TGI Fridays and a trip to another new hairdresser. As I mentioned in the previous post his behaviour was fantastic; then we had Christmas with lots of family, excitement and sugar. After Christmas I only sent Ciaran into nursery for one day and took the opportunity to go to the cinema with Ben on Wednesday.
He’d heard an advert for the new Alvin and the Chipmunks movie and had his heart set on it. How bad could it be? A year ago we went to a £1 showing of Megamind and came away as huge fans. For a kids movie it didn’t dumb down the complexity of relationships and morals (the superhero remains good despite taking a selfish decision to retire, Megamind is bad but has a good side to him at the same time), it had characters you really related to and a great sound track.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked was not like Megamind at all. The only multifaceted character was a minor irritant to the protagonist called Ian who ultimately was good but had some bad features (and retained these). The anti-hero was a woman who started out as a ditzy (vaguely irresponsible) friend, bizarrely became evil and obsessed with treasure and quickly stopped being evil. The paper-thin plot and poorly developed characters could be forgiven as young children aren’t serious movie critics (although even my young ones prefer a more developed and interesting character like Megamind) if it wasn’t for the sound track.
There should be a law against the Chipmunks singing Lady Gaga or Rihanna, it was unbearable to watch, a quick scan of the cinema showed most Mums fiddling with iPhones (mine had died on me so I was forced to endure the film without distraction). Ben enjoyed the film, he said it was funny when Alvin hit a tree and flew on a kite. His enjoyment is what counts and while I willingly made the parental sacrifice and sat through Alvin and the Chipmunks that’s one DVD I will NOT be giving him!