Monday, 8 December 2014

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Review

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No 
Good, Very Bad Day

Release Date: 28th November 2014 - Australia

Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures
21 Laps Entertainment
The Jim Henson Company

Walt Disney Studios Motion
Pictures Australia

Genre: Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 82 minutes

Budget: $28,000,000

Box Office Gross: $101,379,287

Plot Summary
Follows the exploits of 11-
year-old Alexander as he
experiences the most terrible
and horrible day of his young
life-a day that begins with
gum stuck in his hair,
followed by one calamity 
after another.

But when Alexander tells 

his upbeat family about 
the misadventures of his
disastrous day, he finds little
sympathy and begins to
wonder if bad things only
happen to him. He soon
learns that he's not alone 
when his brother, sister, mom 
and dad all find themselves 
living through their own terrible, 
horrible, no good, very bad day.
Anyone who says there is no 
such thing as a bad day just 
hasn't had one.

Ed Oxenbould - Alexander Cooper
Steve Carell - Ben Cooper
Jennifer Garner - Kelly Cooper
Dylan Minnette - Anthony Cooper
Kerris Dorsey - Emily Cooper
Bella Thorne - Celia Rodriguez
Elise & Zoey Vargas - Trevor
Sidney Fullmer - Becky Gibson
Mekai Curtis - Paul
Donald Glover - Greg
Dick Van Dyke - Himself
Jennifer Coolidge - Ms. Suggs
Mekai Curtis - Paul

Director - Miguel Arteta
Based on Book "Alexander and 
the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, 
Very Bad Day" - Judith Viorst
Screen Story and Screenplay -
Rob Lieber
Producers - Lisa Henson,
Daniel S. Levine and Shawn Levy
Cinematography - Terry Stacey
Film Editor - Pamela Martin
Music - Christophe Beck

I have recently had the pleasure of watching ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY on the big screen, after watching this film, my afterthoughts are that it had a meaningful and funny plot that conveys a message that there are sometimes good days that can turn into the worst day ever and that getting through these days can draw a family together in working together to turn a bad situation into a good one. I am impressed with the slapstick comedy which at moments I found myself in fits of hysterical laughter because of the hilarious misfortunes of the family.

The actors had worked well together and appeared to have a fun experience which really compliments the quality of the movie. I was quite surprised to see old-school legend Dick Van Dyke in being featured on a hilarious guest appearance, Dick is well known for his association with Disney in MARY POPPINS. The filmmakers used the song of INXS "Need You Tonight" on the film's closing scene and it suits well considering that the movie takes pride in referencing some of the Australian cultural aspects.

There are those who are to accept that despite having a lot of adult-oriented jokes, this is not a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad movie! It certainly is entertaining and sure to appeal to certain diverse age groups who may not yet have read the book that this movie is based upon..

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie

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