For family vacations, Easter movie hunting
More discreet in the gardens than in the cinemas, rabbits and consorts are in the spotlight of two animated films on display at Easter. With The Big Day of the Hare ***a Latvian program of animated puppet short films, the little ones (from 3 years old) will have fun with the jokes of rodents in the middle of preparing painted eggs and will enjoy the adventures of adorable peas chased by a worm of earth too greedy.
less whimsical, Max and Emmy: Easter Mission * (from 5 years old) is the continuation of Rabbit School (2017). On a similar plot – rabbits must save the party, threatened by kleptomaniac foxes – this German feature film offers some lively scenes and rather well-brushed characters who, alas, hunt eggs more effectively than boredom.
Pampered public, the very young (from 4 years old) will be able to see or review the wonderful British adaptations of the albums written and drawn by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler: It’s magic! ***, four different programs telling the mischievous and tender fables of the disturbing Gruffalo, crisp Zébulon or peaceful M. Bout-de-Bois.
Comedy thriller and mythological tale
In the comic department, The Bad Guys **, friendly detective comedy from Dreamworks studios (from 7 years old), replay Ocean’s Eleven with anthropomorphic animals. A fine team of heist aces embark on the path of redemption to escape prison. It starts at full speed and never really slows down… Pleasant entertainment but a bit exhausting.
→ CRITICAL. “The Bad Guys”, the temptation of good
Icarus** (from 9 years old) flies a little higher. This European animated film offers a faithful and fresh look at this legend which questions the question of transgression in family relationships. Praise of difference, child abuse, passage to adulthood: all the ingredients of a universal tale are there to make this story both rich and captivating. The clumsy animation, however, seems to have lacked the means to live up to its subject without burning its wings too much.
Just as broke, but hotly topical, My favorite war ** (from 12 years old, in theaters April 20) powerfully evokes the childhood of director Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen in Latvia in the 1970s, under the rule of an authoritarian regime.