Kulani hates the Disney princesses. He thinks the story is usually about a girl who changes herself to like a guy. When I think about it, he's right. You've got Ariel, who gave up her voice and life as she knew it to be with the human prince; all the mermen were not her type. (In my Jewish grandmother voice: "What, you couldn't find a nice merman to settle down with and make grand-guppies for me?") Then there's Cinderella whose tears summoned the netherworlds for a Fairy Godmother to help her get all gussied up to meet the prince. And all the princess stories are so formulaic and unoriginal. But Kulani endures a lot of princess stuff and other Disney cheese for the sake of his girls.
So it was a pleasant surprise last Saturday when we rented Tinkerbell and found it to be original and awesome, even Kulani liked it. It's the story of how Tinkerbell came to be. Her talents point to her being a "tinkerer" which mean she helps build tools to help the other fairies bring in Spring to the mainland. But tinkerers don't get to go to the mainland, they have to stay back in Neverland. So Tinkerbell tries to adapt to the other talents and along the way she finds she is who she is, and she accepts her talents for what they are and that she is as needed in the fairyworld as much as any other fairy.
The animation was also very good. I don't know why Disney didn't release that one in the theaters; much better than High School Musical 3 we saw on Monday. (Is it wrong that this grown woman actually enjoyed that movie in a very guilty pleasure kind-of way? The songs were really good.)
Don't be such a hater
So one of my favorite movies of last year has been in almost every Worst of 2008 lists I've read. I think you know what movie I'm referring to: Mama Mia! The biggest complaint I hear reviewers say is that Pierce Brosnan can't sing. Truthfully, his singing wasn't fantastic, but for me, that made it all the more appealing. Imagine for a moment that the hottest guy in the world is interested in you, extra wrinkles and all, and he can't sing, but he knows you like to sing, so you watch him trying with all his heart to impress you with his gravely singing, and your heart just melts. That's what happens every time I watch the scenes where Pierce is singing: my heart melts.
And I grow more attracted to Meryl Streep's acting the older she gets. I used to not see what all the big fuss was about her acting. But now I'm drawn to her movies, and her in them. I can't keep my eyes off her.
Kulani also bought a new 48" TV for the family, and to properly christen the TV, I think a viewing of Mama Mia! is in order. Poor, Kulani. I'll spare him this time.