The Peanuts Movie
Good grief, Charlie Brown
Dendy Brighton - Sunday 20 December 2015, 11:00am
Running time: 88m
Country: United States
Release date: 31/12/15
Rating: 7.5/10 (3.5/5 ME, 4/5 DP)
It's an ordinary winter for Charlie Brown and his friends (skating, flying kites, seeking discount psychiatric treatment etc) until a new family moves into the neighbourhood. The 'little red haired girl' joins Miss Othmar's class and Charlie is smitten. How can Charlie attract her attention and, more importantly, will Snoopy defeat the Red Baron and rescue Fifi (Kristin Chenoweth; no, really!) from his evil clutches?
The Peanuts Movie is a delightful romp into the world of Charles M Schulz's iconic characters. The story is simple; Charlie Brown bumbles through a series of misadventures in order to impress his love interest, but there's genuine heart and soul in the relationships between the characters. It's funny and sweet with a clever script that respects the integrity of its origins without the need to modernise it. The kids play outside (no iPads to be seen), talk with each other (no FaceTime for these tikes) and deliver a charming story with broad appeal.
Whether you're nostalgic about the comic strips or campy cartoons from the 70s, the familiarity of the sights and sounds will delight. There's no need to play up a more sophisticated subtext to entertain the adults that will come to accompany their children as it unapologetically delivers a narrative that has wide appeal and a massive feel-good factor. Recommended. (ME)
NOTE: It's worth staying until the end of the closing credits for a few delightful extras.
73rd Golden Globe Awards