Horrid Henry: The Movie Movie Reviews
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I took my brother’s kid to see this film and we both had a horrible time. My nephew is a smart little fellow and after this film he told me that it was very stupid and that he did not like it at all. Usually family films have at least something for the adults but this movie was just nonstop stream of bogeys, slime and extremely stupid jokes. The story is terrible, the acting is laughable and the film is very poorly made. The film is very noisy, messy and it was incredibly exhausting, I had a huge headache after I left the theater. Overall, I hope you will stay away from this film and tell others to do the same.
This film for kids was the worst thing i have ever seen and I do not recommend seeing it in the theaters. I took my little nephew to see it and he did not enjoy it either and for me it was a real torture to sit through this so called film. The script was horrible, it was filmed in eye-popping cartoony colours and with eye-popping cartoony acting to match, I was annoyed the whole time. It was messy, loud, and overall exhausting, i thought it will never end and the songs in the film were just terrible. The film is also cheerless and laugh free, the performances were also pretty bad and I feel kind of mean for saying all of this stuff but it is the truth. Overall, if you have children, I suggest you take them to see a better film than this one and save your money and their brain cells.
If you don't have anything to do this weekend and need a 90 minute distraction from reality, then this will be your cup of tea...if you're aged 9 or younger. I saw the trailer and thought it might be decent. Some kids movies are surprisingly good (like Kickass) but there are a lot more movies that are just a plain waste of time and money. This is the kind of movie that will make kids laugh out loud, give their parents a headache, and then make them wish they had a real babysitter instead of this super loud movie. Horrid Henry is a British boy who gets picked on in school by everyone. Even the teachers hate him. He's not bad per se, he's just misunderstood and needs an outlet to show everyone that he has the stuff to be taken seriously. It's kind of a kiddie revenge fantasy that goes right, and the garish colors are just the right touch to make the movie look interesting even when the story is not interesting.
So I saw this movie last year in the UK when I was visiting last year and I have to say it's not nearly as cheesy as you might think. The kids in the movie are cute, especially when they are being super crazy bratty. I think this is a movie for people with small kids and those who enjoy movies like Matilda where terrible grown ups get their comeuppance from a school full of kids that are hellbent on proving that they are more than just victims for the system. Angelica Houston is the biggest star in this enterprise, and she really is great as the wicked headmistress. If you liked her as the evil stepmother in Ever After you'll love her in this. She is purely diabolical and she has a blast doing it. As Americans, we usually don't think of British children as being overly bratty or crazy, but this movie shows that they are as wild as the rest of us. I just might pick up the book one of these days...maybe.
My kids and I loved this movie. It isn't great art, but it's not supposed to be. It's supposed to be fun and entertaining and this it manages to be in great, British spades. It also happens to be a great movie for parents and adults who probably don't take enough time to try and understand the kids in their lives. The little boy who plays Horrid Henry is a splendid actor and he captures all of the emotions quite well. He has great energy and he plays well off the other actors in the story, including the formidable Angelica Houston. The part about the talent contest was a little contrived, but I guess it's based on the kids book series so I was willing to go along. I also think that my kids were really enjoying the movie so much that they will definitely be asking for it when it comes out on Blu Ray, which means that if the movie is a success, there will be a sequel. I have a feeling this is not the last we've heard of Horrid Henry.
Want to know what’s chillier than the vibes between Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer? The sight of an auditorium full of kids sitting in utter silence through a movie that should have them laughing and chortling on their popcorn.
Such was my experience watching Horrid Henry last night at a screener in Beverly Hills. Look, I get it: kids movies are for kids, and adults shouldn’t be looking to analyze Barney and Pikachu through the lens of Citizen Kane. But when the kids themselves are sitting there in utter dejection, wondering when the misery will end, well, then I can’t say I have too much pity for the filmmakers that are about to get a thwacking from the bubblegum crowd.
This movie was made for two reasons: one, its makers wanted to cash in on the craze of literary sensation Horrid Henry, a bratty British boy bearing the behavior of a baboon (repeat that three times fast). Two, the makers apparently think that because the world is left with a giant Harry Potter-sized hole in its collective conscience, that it is craving another story about a misfit tween who must put up with the stupidity of the adult world. Somewhere, I hope J.K. Rowling is smiling wryly.
Henry is a put upon little boy whose teachers, headmasters, and classmates think is certifiably insane. Since this is a movie set in a school, he must naturally stand up to the bullies and win a talent competition. If this is at all rousing to you, I suggest you are late for kindergarten.