Monday, July 26, 2010

Movie Review: Ramona and Beezus

Title: Ramona and Beezus (Official, IMDB, Wikipedia)

Ramona and Beezus is based on the Beverly Cleary series of Ramona books and was produced by the fine folks at Walden Media. (Quick side note: Walden Media is one of the best production companies around with films under their belt such as Holes, Bridge to Terabithia, Nim’s Island, City of Ember, and the Narnia series. So far I have yet to see a bad film from this company. Sure some are better than others, but even their weak films, like The Seeker: The Dark is Rising, aren’t that bad.)

Having read some of these books to my kids before bed (or bits and pieces of them since the reading before bedtime tends to happen on school nights and for the last few months my days off have been on the weekend) I had some ideas about the characters and story of the series. Needless to say this film nails these books. Joey King is amazing as Ramona and Selena Gomez does a great job as her older sister Beezus. On top of that you get the one and only John Corbett playing the role of Ramona and Beezus’ dad Bob Quimby.

The film take different scenes and characters from across the Ramona series but does it in a way that creates a coherent, fun, and satisfying story. If you grew up reading these books or have kids who are doing so now, then I highly suggest this film but even if you’ve never heard of Ramona have no idea what a Beezus is, or have never picked up a book by Beverly Cleary you will still enjoy this fun family, and somewhat romantic, comedy.

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