Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Reviews
The director keeps it simple and entertaining. There are a few, very few, adult geared jokes, but they're funny and help keep things interesting. There is a good enough chemistry to these actors to add that little punch it needs for us to start liking and rooting for the characters.
It's short at 1:20, and this is actually a strength to the film. Every moment works to get the movie where it needs to go. Alexander is worth going to see with the family.
With the last live action upset with Timothy Green, Disney attempts to step it up with the retelling of a beloved children's book, going outside of the boundaries and changing the plot completely. Alexander is a middle schooler who can be resembled to Charlie Brown, mopey and prone to bad luck. On his birthday, he makes a midnight wish that for once his without a care cheerful family will have an awful day like he does constantly, and the rest is what you would expect. The day is screwed for each and every family member, in dumb but kinda amusing scenarios.
The film is really just sillyness to entertain your little ones for the extremely short running time it already is. Like I said, the characters really aren't likable (that's really saying something for Carell, who I really tend to like in a lot he's in, and he really tried here but just no) and the plot is really just the different scenarios and they shift often, so there is no real storyline except the family does stuff that gets them in trouble. Nothing special, but if you're seeing a live action Disney film not made in the early 60s you should know that by now. Oh, by the way, Dick Van Dyke cameos for around 3 minutes to read about poop, I admit he's kinda hilarious even in this.
I wish the film's conclusion would have been brave enough to follow through with Garner's character and her arc. Instead it pulls back, and we get a rather predictable ending to the film. It is such a great throwback to older family films, but for younger viewers, this film will see fresh and fun. Especially since there aren't many others like it nowadays.