Sometimes the line between films meant for kids and those meant for adults is an obvious one. You see some trailer featuring cartoon critters skipping through the forest, a bunch of screaming high school kids going crazy over the latest teen sensation, or hear the familiar intro of some kiddie show the marketing men have decided to cash-in on, and you realise you’re in the dreaded ‘kid zone’.
However, from time to time that line becomes blurred, and what is, on the surface, a movie targeted at the kids actually contains much to bring in the grown-ups and hold their attention too. So, with the critics currently going crazy over the LEGO Movie, and The London Film Review giving it the five star treatment, we take a look at a few films meant for kids that adults can also enjoy…
OK, so the opening is a little hokey and the film hasn’t aged well, but there’s still something universally enjoyable about that weird and wondrous chocolate factory. While kids can marvel at the chocolate river and all manner of other exciting confectionery-related nonsense, adults can enjoy Gene Wilder’s benign but creepy Willy Wonka, cringe at the downright evil and politically incorrect Oompa Loompas, and contemplate whether those rumours about the ‘snozberry’ being a dodgy euphemism are really true. Adult? X-rated, more like.
Freelance writer and reviewer.