Disney Princess Film Festival – Event Cinemas


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Do you remember the first Disney Princess you wanted to be? I do….


It is a tale that had me spellbound. I guess it still does.  It has the rest of the world spellbound too because it is one repeated in movie after movie after movie. Of course, these days Cinderella is likely to be a struggling Uni student and Prince Charming is the local butcher who searches the world…. or at least Facebook ….. until he finds her. But the story is the same…true love and a kind, pure heart can conquer all.


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Movie Review : Saving Mr Banks


Mary Poppins, the book and the movie, are classics. There is no need to elaborate further on either one because if you are bothering to read a review of Saving Mr Banks, you are already familiar with one or the other……and possibly both.

But this is the story of the book’s author PL Travers (Thompson) and her struggle with Walt Disney (Hanks) to have the movie made just as she wanted. Mrs Travers was not about to have her beloved Mary Poppins turned into a Disney cartoon and Disney was not about to take no for an answer. He had promised his daughters when they were children that he would make them a movie about Mary Poppins and he was not about to break that promise. Disney was also an astute businessman so lets not forget that.

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Movie Review : Turbo



Turbo is a little snail who dreams of going fast. He is just an ordinary snail who works in the garden harvesting tomatoes, trying to avoid being squished by the kid on the trike. His brother Chet is a garden supervisor and when Turbo causes mischief, both he and Chet find themselves without jobs.

While wandering around sad and lonely one night, Turbo is swept onto a road and sucked into a car engine and infused with nitrous oxide. Suddenly Turbo is the snail he always dreamed he could be. He is fast.

Very fast.

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Movie Review : Planes



Dusty is a little crop duster who dreams of entering an Around the World air race. His best friends, forklift/mechanic Dottie and fuel truck Chug, dont think he has a chance of even qualifying but they help and support him anyway. Dusty wants to race so much, he even asks the mysterious old fighter plane Skipper to help him. So together with Skipper’s forklift Sparky, they train Dusty until he is the best and fastest crop duster he can be.

Once he qualifies, Dusty sets off to meet his fellow competitors. There is the snobby British plane Bulldog, the serene Indian plane Ishani, the feisty and romantically inclined Mexican plane, El Chupacabra and the reigning champ Ripslinger to name a few.

Then there is the feisty Aussie plane, Rochelle …. my personal favourite for obvious reasons …… and some not so obvious reasons too 😉

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Mirror, Mirror [PG]


Director : Tarsem Singh
Starring : Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane, Mark Povinelli, Jordan Prentice
Running Time : 106 minutes
Release Date : In Cinemas Now

‘The Snow White legend comes alive’

We all know the story of Snow White. King and Queen have a baby they call Snow White. Queen dies and King remarries beautiful but evil Queen *boo, hiss*. Queen uses magic mirror to reinforce self esteem and body image but eventually Snow White grows up and mirror doesn’t lie and tells Queen that Snow White is fairest of them all. Queen loses it and orders Snow White be killed. The killer can’t do it and lets Snow go, making her promise never to return. Snow ends up living with 7 hard working dwarfs. Snow meets Prince who sweeps her off her feet, saves her and her Kingdom. Evil Queen is thwarted and they all live happily ever after.

This retelling is a little different. This one is told from the point of view of the evil Queen (Roberts). She has her devoted-ish underling Brighton (Lane) who does all her dirty work but mostly everyone is afraid of her. During early exchanges in the movie, it becomes clear that this Queen has an acid tongue and is not shy of sarcasm. Eye rolling and sneering and all. I like it.

Many years before, her husband, the King, went missing and she barely tolerates the presence of the young Snow White (Collins), making her keep mostly to her bedroom all by herself. The castle servants adore Snow and never let her give up hope the Kingdom will be hers once more. Today is Snow White’s 18th birthday so changes are afoot.

The Queen has basically drained the life out of her Kingdom with heavy taxes to fund her lavish lifestyle so is disliked by everyone. She is also broke and thus needs to find herself a new rich husband. Enter the dashing young Prince Alcott (Hammer) who is very handsome and very rich. He has also just had a nasty encounter with thieves in the forest. These thieves are 7 dwarfs. He meets a beautiful young woman whom he falls instantly in love with. You’re starting to see it all, right?

Okay, this is where the fun really starts. The handsome Prince is bought to the Queen shirtless and as they talk, the Queen is amusingly distracted by the handsome man before her and, as she fumbles around for words, she reluctantly requests that a shirt be bought for the Prince to wear so she can concentrate. The kiddies in the cinema didn’t quite catch why the grown ups were chuckling.

So the Queen sets her sights on the handsome young Prince and throws a grand ball in his honour. It’s a costume ball and the costumes are really rather dazzling. Spectacular in fact. Lots of food, dancing and merriment ensues. The Prince dances with Snow White and the smitten young couple only have eyes for each other.

Alas this is a fairy tale and true love never did run smooth. Snow White is sent to her death but survives and stumbles upon the 7 dwarves…..or they stumble upon her….it’s not really a pivotal plot point. She is not very welcome by all of them but manages to negotiate one night under their roof. Of course, as we know, she proves her worth and moves in permanently.

I loved the dwarves. I loved the different personalities and the quick, sharp wit. Of course, this is partly due to writing but the delivery by the various actors is fantastic. They quickly became my favourite characters, especially the love struck Half Pint (Povinelli) who is so endearingly in love with Snow White that you cannot help but smile each time he tries to charm her.

Snow White joins her band of merry thieves and becomes quite the swordswoman. When she encounters the Prince again, once more stuck in a sticky situation, she decides she has read enough of Princesses being rescued and sets about doing the rescuing herself. This could have been overtly feminist and awkward but it is not.

Remember how Snow was sequestered in her bedroom and had little to do but read? Yeah, her feisty nature comes from the love of her people and from the fairy tales she herself has read. Team Snow!

So she sets about claiming what is rightfully hers with her new skills and new friends in tow.

I liked this movie. It made me laugh, smile and giggle. It had plot holes as big as plot holes can be but it just worked. This is a Disney movie after all and with a PG rating, it was as snippy, clever and sarcastic as it could be without putting itself out of reach of it’s main audience. I would go so far as calling it campy good fun. Nice clean campy good fun but campy fun nonetheless.

Roberts was really great as the evil Queen with just the right amount of bitchiness. Hammer was gorgeous as the handsome Prince. But it is Collins who stole the show. She was really engaging as Snow White and walked the fine line between fairy tale Princess and modern chick with apparent ease.

This is a great movie to take your own little feisty princess to see. This movie has all the elements of a lovely afternoon out for mums and daughters…..or any other variations you care to think of.

Is it a great movie? No it is not. Should you wait till DVD? No, you should not. Well maybe, yes. This is a good movie if you are pulling your hair out during the last week of the school holidays (here in NSW least).

Make sure you hang around for the Bollywood ending. No one can accuse this movie of taking itself too seriously, that’s for sure.