Kiddo: “Mom, if you really want to watch it, we can.”
Me: “No honey, it’s up to you – if you don’t want to see it we can just watch something on TV.”
Kiddo: “No, that’s ok – we can watch this one.”
And that was that. We went home and started the movie; Hubby was on the big chair while kiddo and I cuddled up under a blanket on the couch.
*** The Story ***
The world is coming to an end in some undescribed calamity. To preserve humanity, an underground city is constructed and filled with children who will grow up with no knowledge of their history. For 200 years people will live in the city, then they will return to the surface and begin creating a new world. At least, that is what’s supposed to happen. Unfortunately the truth about the city and its builders is lost and more than 200 years goes by underground. The city is beginning to fall apart and the inhabitants are at a loss about what to do. Two teenagers, Lina and Doon, are worried and they want to do *something* to help. When they are assigned to their life jobs, they both begin to learn some secrets about the city and they concoct a plan to escape.
*** What Did We Think? ***
Kiddo LOVED it. How do I know? First of all, he hardly moved during the whole movie (and he is a very, very fidgety child). And second, as soon as it ended the exact words out of his mouth were “can we watch it again?” … as in, right now (we did end up watching it the following night for a second time). He wants us to buy a copy so he can watch it any time he wants.
Hubby was bored, but that is usual – I think the last kids movie he actually liked was CARS … and since he loves NASCAR that was a given.
I really enjoyed CITY OF EMBER. I thought it was well done for a kid’s movie – fast paced, interesting story, nothing too scary or objectionable. I enjoyed watching it a second time, and I'll definitely buy a copy for us to keep.
I *did* get a kick out of one of Doon’s outfits (not the one in the picture though) … it reminded me of something my friends used to wear when they’d go to the midnight showing of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. Hubby totally agreed with me on that one. Oh, and I thought that the actual city of Ember looked a lot like Wannado City in Florida. If you've been there, think of how the entire "city" is laid out almost in a circle, with business names above each door - that's exactly what Ember is like!
*** The Book? ***
Have any of you read the book? Does is differ from the movie? I see that there are three books that follow CITY OF EMBER … do you recommend the rest of the series?
*** Spoiler Alert and Question ***
After we watched the movie for the second time, kiddo asked a very good question and I didn’t have an answer for him. At the end of the movie, Lina and Doon look down a very deep chasm and they can see Ember far below. Kiddo wants to know why, if they can see Ember, can the people in the city not see the sunlight coming down the chasm? Good question. I’m wondering if the book portrays this scene differently … any thoughts?