This post was written by 14-year-old film buff and TIFF fan Andres G:
I was invited by Tweenhood to attend the 2016 TIFF Kids International Film Festival. This festival is the same premise as the ever so popular September TIFF, but with movies intended for a younger youth audience. It was a really great and fun experience. I was able to see two movies, Help, I Shrunk My Teacher and Antboy 3. Both films had English subtitles.
Help, I Shrunk My Teacher
In this film, Felix is a young boy living with his father in Germany. His mother is temporarily living in the U.S. for work reasons. Felix is attempting to get into the only school in his neighbourhood. However, Felix has a strange feeling about the school, like it is haunted. Evidently, he shrinks his teacher and he has to get her back to normal once he finds out that the school is closing unless his teacher enrolls him into the school.
I went into this movie with minimal knowledge about the movie and had no idea what to expect. When I heard the title, it reminded me a lot of 1989’s Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. I am pleased to say that I enjoyed the film for what it was and what it was trying to accomplish. The film isn’t trying to be revolutionary in any way or attempting to blow your mind with brilliant story telling, it’s a children’s movie. There is much to be enjoyed for younger audiences, with decent humour, a simple and compelling story, and good acting. I liked the fact that there were lessons to be taught for children in the movie. It touches on finding out who you really want to be, the values of friendship, and a couple others. I also believe that the parents who take their kids to see this movie can enjoy it and won’t be pulling on their hair and waiting for the film to finish. However, like I said, it’s a children’s movie. There are many clichés and predictable moments, but they are forgivable as I found the film to be quite entertaining.
I was pleasantly surprised with Help, I Shrunk My Teacher. It is well made, fun, entertaining, and I would recommend seeing it to anyone looking for a family-friendly, fun film.
In this third installment of the series Antboy, Pelle, a 14-year-old boy, has swept the streets of his city almost crime free. He questions whether there is still a need for Antboy. However, when a new hero appears, he tries to find out who this hero really is – all while trying to stop the evil corporation Exofarm from recreating the serum that created supervillains and taking over the world.
Prior to watching Antboy 3, I had heard about the first Antboy movie and that it had received mixed reviews. I wasn’t aware that a second film had been made so I was curious to see whether the series got three installments for a good reason. Sadly, I did not enjoy Antboy 3 all that much. Now, when I say that, younger kids would enjoy this movie. At the end of the day, it’s a superhero movie, which kids do love. Is it the best superhero movie? Of course not. For what it is, kids will have fun with the movie. It had decent acting and was not a poorly made movie.
One thing I can say was I thought the film’s cinematography was great! There were some very creative shots and I enjoyed most of the shots in this film. However, the thing that bothered me was that the plot was too predictable. Twenty minutes into this movie, I already knew what was going to unravel in the next hour. Lo and behold, that was exactly what happened. I felt that it was very rushed as well, as the filmmakers are trying to stuff so many twists and plot points in its short 80 minute runtime.
Even though Antboy 3 was not the best movie I’ve seen, it achieved what it was trying to be, and that is to be an entertaining and fun superhero movie that young film goers will enjoy.
*Disclosure: Tweenhood received tickets from TIFF for selected films to facilitate this review. As always, all opinions belong to that of the author.