Yesterday was the Australian Football League grand final. This doesn’t mean anything to me except that I was on the road yesterday and I noticed that there was less traffic. I had to go down south to visit some friends at Port Willunga and aside from having to slow down needlessly to 40kms per hour for two long stretches because of ‘roadworks’ (I put roadworks in quote marks because the roadworks are so nearly finished that I could not see any reason why traffic had to slow down) between Port Noarlunga and Port Willunga, it was a quick trip. I won’t go in to a diatribe about how if the Southern Expressway had been built to deal with two-way traffic it would have been even quicker.
The main reason I went down this way was to go and see Wallace and Gromit’s the Were-Rabbit. I like movies like this where adults can enjoy it on a different level than kids. JJ enjoyed the big rabbit and all the other rabbits and I liked the little things like Wallace wearing a cardboard box to cover his nakedness that said ‘may contain nuts’. JJ didn’t get this as he doesn’t read yet and he doesn’t know that nuts has another meaning apart from they make him sick. There were heaps of other things that many adults would get that many kids wouldn’t like the be humane to animals thread throughout.
I spoke to my sister today about the movie and she said when she saw it last week that she was bored with it. I definitely wasn’t bored with it. I thought it was very clever. I appreciate the amount of work it took to make (five years if I remember correctly). I appreciate the underlying messages and the humour. I also loved all the gadgets that Wallace invented.
With this, and the new take on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory I have had two recent movie experiences I’ve been able to enjoy, and not just endure, with JJ.