There is no genre of film that I'm not passionate about, but I particularly love a good family film as much as I love a hardcore horror movie. They represent the complete opposite ends of the spectrum and both fulfil me more than all of the other genres. Only last week I reviewed The Human Centipede 2 and tonight I have watched Ramona & Beezus.
This is simply an excellent movie! I have been eyeing it off for a while and finally sat down and watched it. Why didn't I do it sooner? Based on a series of kids books which started in the 1950s (The Ramona Series) its about a 9 year old girl who is stuck as a middle child between older and younger sisters. She's a free spirit who walks her own line. Rebellious, creative and audacious she manages to charm everyone she meets and has a heart of gold. The story concerns her father's retrenchment and her concerns for the family. Its a really touching and well structured movie. The cast is excellent with John Corbett, Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Goodwin delivering strong performances... Selena Gomez is surprisingly effective as Romona's older sister Beezus (she can act, who'd 'av thunk it?) and 9 year old Joey King is fantastic in the lead role. From my point of view there is everything to love about this movie and nothing to hate. Its warm hearted, well intended and absolutely delightful. When a family film works, theres nothing better as far as I'm concerned. Romona and Beezus is the girl's version of Diary of A Wimpy Kid and being based on a series of books I hope they make another one. I loved it.