Friday, July 23, 2010

Movie Review: Ramona and Beezus

"Ramona and Beezus" is a sunshine movie. It's happy. It's for kids. It's a good easy summer flick. However, it's not all smiles throughout the movie. If you must know, I cried. Yes, I cry easily at just about everything. But watching this movie, you start resonating with Ramona Quimby (played by Joey King), this lovable 9-year old girl who seems to mess up everything she does. I love that her imagination comes to life, and you step into her shoes. You understand where she's coming from.

In the movie, the dad (played by John Corbett) gets downsized. Mom (played by Bridget Moynahan) finds part time work. Beezus (played by Selena Gomez) is dealing with her crush on her long time best friend Henry Huggins (played by Hutch Dano). Also very involved in the plot is Ramona's Aunt Bea (played by Ginnifer Goodwin) who's got a rekindling romance with Romona's best friend's uncle Hobart (played by Josh Duhamel). It's a big cast, and we haven't touched Ramona's class, including her teacher Mrs. Meacham (played by Sandra Oh).

Welcome to Ramona's world. Everything that's happening to everyone affects her, and she's got to deal with it. Of course, she deals with it in her own way.

Joey King did a wonderful job as Ramona. She played everything well: happy, sad, cheeky, mad ("Guts!"), apologetic, hopeful, etc. Plus, she's just adorable.

Selena Gomez did well too, and she had great chemistry with Joey King. Their sisterly bond is very believable. However, Beezus isn't supposed to be this perfect girl, and with Selena cast in the role, she was. Even Ramona said in the movie that Beezus is perfect and everyone loves her. Beezus has a few tumbles here and there, but she's a cookie cutter perfect teenager. In the movie people's standpoint, that role had to be cast since Ramona has this huge personality that's definitely not perfect. You can't have a movie with all perfect people, and can't have a movie with all conflicted people. I get the balance, and I'm not too irked with Beezus' perfection since I'm too preoccupied with what's happening with Ramona.

It was hilarious to watch Josh Duhamel play Hobart, especially during the goofy moments. Just saying.

This movie has so many colors, and I love it. They brought a child's imagination into the big screen, and they did it seamlessly. I wish I could step into Ramona's imagination!

Yes, yes, yes for "Ramona and Beezus". It's time we all took a step back into childhood and imagination.

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