Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Movie Review: Snowmen - What will you build that lasts?

Yes I had a "sneak peak" at a new movie released by Mpower Pictures. The introduction I was given prior to this screening was:

Snowmen is a humorous and heartfelt coming-of-age story about three unlikely heroes and the winter that changed their lives forever. What will be your legacy? What will you build that lasts? Snowmen prompts audiences of all ages to ask these life-defining questions, while affirming that it's not what you do that matters so much as how you do it.

Snowmen was created by the producers of notable films including The Passion of The Christ, The Ultimate Gift, and Braveheart.  The film stars Bobby Coleman (Last Song), Ray Liotta (Wild Hogs), Bobb’e J. Thompson (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), Josh Flitter (Ace Ventura Jr.) and Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future). 

So the best way for me to measure the success of a film aimed at families was to watch it as a family - though on my computer screen. ( I can be a bit slow at times - yes I know).  So we watched ... and laughed... and watched.... and cried... and got angry......and laughed.  

I really enjoyed this movie.  There was one expletive of a mild nature but nothing that would stop me from recommending it.  In fact it took me by surprise and my children didn't even notice it.  

This is definitely a family movie.  It appealed to all of us.  We could relate to so many aspects of this film.  Issues that we all need to face - the bully, finding our place in the pecking order, overcoming our own weaknesses, being brave when we least feel like it, leaving a legacy that counts - so many excellent issues are dealt with in this funny and moving film. 

I found the 3 little heroes really likable and memorable, from the Jamaican boy who is having to adapt to a new school and new environment; the smallest of the three who surprises everyone with his courage; and then the young boy who the story is all about who narrates his life to us as audience.  I was captivated from the start.

I defnitely think that this would be a good platform to discuss some of these issues with your children as it creates that kind of space.  

Have a look at the trailer but if you want to find out more about this family movie, why not head over to the Snowmen Press Room

Trailer for Snowmen


  1. Ok I am doff did u download this or get it on DVD?

  2. Not at all, I belong to a homeschooling group that reviews new products that are about to be released. They gave us special access to view online before the release date. It hasn't been released in South Africa yet.

  3. Thanks for the review...I'll have to watch for this movie on DVD.


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