Returning to the capital on the weekend was a rare event for us here, for two reasons. Firstly, it marked just the second time back in London after literally years away despite only living in nearby Windsor, and secondly, it was a chance to spend quality time with the boys (with a trip to the big screen) without baby Florence who stayed home with my Mum who’s been with us for the past month.
It felt like we’d gone back in time to be honest (even though we missed Flo madly) and made us realise quite how much we’ve also missed London town.
After playing tourists and taking in the sights, oohing and aahing as we went, it was time to do something else we’d not enjoyed for a while: attending the Odeon cinema in Leicester Square.
The trip was well worth the organisation as this wasn’t just any movie visit but the glitzy multi media screening of new animated film, The Bad Guys, a sophisticated, smart and super funny heist caper for all the family. With games galore and treats in the foyer, we were also gifted huge gift grab bags full of all the good stuff: hand popped popcorn, gold chocolate coins, sweet watches and sugar money. Yum!
But back to the film…
Based on the bestselling graphic novels by Australian author Aaron Blabey, The Bad Guys is SOOOO good, you won’t want to miss it. Full of heart and panache, as well as purpose, this fast-faced, meaningful movie implores us not to judge a book by its cover and to remember we all have the potential for good within us.
The cast is star-led with Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, Craig Robinson, Awkwafina, Richard Ayoade and Zazie Beetz, among others voicing the characters.
The plot follows a supercool gang of notorious anthropomorphic criminals, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark and Ms. Tarantula who, after a series of high profile heists are finally caught but given a radical opportunity to change their ways instead of a prison sentence.
Taking on their biggest con yet: going good, they end up transforming more than they could have ever anticipated taking us on a wild ride as they develop and grow in front of our eyes. Distinct characters full of personality. A plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat gunning for the bad/ good guys.
The author Blabey intended his books to feel like Tarantino for kids, and this Dreamworks adaptation has nailed it. None of the scary stuff, all of the distinct characterisation and excitement.
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