Listen, my daughter loved Spies in Disguise SO much that she said she’s done bothering pigeons! Lol All thanks to Will Smith’s great performance! Lol I’m not sure if I believe her just yet, but since she got to watch an advanced screening of Spies in Disguise this weekend and loved it, maybe she will! However, now that I’ve watched Spies in Disguise (twice) here’s a full review of the movie and what I thought below.
Spies in Disguise has a few amazing messages sprinkled throughout …
Like, “the world needs weird” and “you can do more by bringing people together, than by blowing them up”.
I’m sure these messages flew right over my 7 year olds’ little head, since she was so busy laughing at the pigeon, but I think it’s a great subliminal message for kids. I’m sure they pick up on little things even if they don’t speak on them afterwards.
The movie also touched on what it’s like to be wrongly accused of something just because it looked like it was you! (Probably a lesson more for us parents, who sometimes blame our kids for things they didn’t do, because “who else could it have been”, right?) Hopefully Spies in Disguise will be a reminder to all to ask questions first, and to believe people when they say it wasn’t them.
Innocent until proven guilty right!?
Spies in Disguise also reminds us that there are better ways to solve our problems than using violence …
Walter spends his time making gadgets that will stop crime without hurting people, but Lance only knows how to fight fire with fire! Throughout the movie Walter tries to remind Lance that, “when we fight fire, with fire, we all get burned”. Which is absolutely right, but to Lance, it doesn’t matter.
It seems to me that Lance has grown up seeing good people get hurt so often that he’ll do anything to stop the bad guys! Anything! Because as he says in the movie, “evil doesn’t care if you’re nice”. Lance believes that blowing things up, and violence is the best answer, because it’s a quick fix. But Walter knows there’s a better way! He just needs people to believe in his inventions!
When we’re in survival mode, we often think of what’s best for “right now” because we need a quick solution, and sometimes this causes us to do things we shouldn’t do. I love that Walter is trying to teach others to solve issues without violence.
But even with all the great messages in this movie, there is something parents should be a little worried about …
A little! It’s not a BIG thing, but it did stand out to me, so I figured it was worth speaking on. During the movie, there’s a Daddy Yankee song that plays, where the lyrics CLEARLY state, “I like your pum pum girl” and CLEARLY that was a terrible song choice for a movie. What the hell were they thinking? It’s only a few seconds, but the song is super catchy, and if your kid doesn’t normally listen to this stuff (which I hope they don’t lol) then this may be alarming for you as well!
I mean … I love the song personally, I just don’t think it should be in a kids movie! Cause god forbid y’all have kids walking out the theater singing those damn lyrics! (Maybe they didn’t hear it though, maybe it’s just me? Lol) Like I said, it stood out to me, so it was something I needed to mention!
But aside from that the movie was great for kids …
Notice I specifically said “for kids”? Lol When I first watched Spies in Disguise, I thought it was cute, but didn’t like it nearly as much as I thought I would have! I mean, I LOVE the gadgets, and the plot was solid, but it didn’t have that WOW factor I was looking for. (Maybe that’s Disney’s fault? Lol I’m not sure anything else released this year will WOW me, after watching Frozen 2.)
But even the music was “just okay” in my opinion. And maybe that’s what made this movie feel “less than”? There’s really no songs throughout the movie that kids are going to want to sing over and over and over, like other movies. (A similar issue the Missing Link movie had.) However, I guess since this isn’t a musical, we shouldn’t expect catchy songs that kids will remember?
So yeah, my daughter loved it, and I’m just glad she wasn’t scared for once …
She’s always scared I swear! Lol But lately she hasn’t been scared as much, and I’m not sure if that’s because she’s growing up, or this movie just doesn’t strike fear into kids the way some other movies do? (Cause I mean Toy Story 4 was scary! Lol)
Either way … it’s a great feeling to take a kid to a KIDS movie and have them enjoy the ENTIRE thing! She only laid on me once, and that was because she was actually trying to snuggle, not because she was scared and needed comfort! Which was great! So I’m NOT complaining! Just wondering. Lol
Oh and apparently her favorite part was Lance becoming a pigeon! Lol Which is why she said she’s gonna stop scaring pigeons now. Lol So even though I didn’t enjoy this movie as much as I thought I would, she totally loved it! And Spies in Disguise had the same effect on her, as Ratatouille and Antz had on me! So I’m glad!
Spies in Disguise is a cute movie that you can take your kids to see when you need a nap!
No seriously! Lol It’s not something parents NEED to watch, but it is good enough to watch with your kids. But if you need a nap, at least you know your kids will be glued to the screen for awhile. Lol
Although, if your kid talks as much as mine does, you may not get any sleeps! Lol I spent the entire movie shushing her because she wouldn’t stop talking about it! That’s how much she loved it! She kept trying to point out things that were funny. It was cute.
P.s – There’s also a mobile game you can download for kids if they liked the movie. It’s sorta like Temple Run and Subway Surfers, and it’s super cool. Check out my full review of the Spies in Disguise mobile game here.
Spies in Disguise releases in theaters on Dec 25th. Click here to see what went through my head while watching Spies In Disguise (for the first time).
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