The yearly challenge, however, is finding a movie that everyone is at least marginally willing to watch. What follows is a quick guide to several movies that will be in Davis County theaters Christmas day. (Getting everyone to agree, of course, will be up to you).
Surprisingly, this mix of 3D and live action doesn’t kick beloved childhood memories in the teeth. Those who like Yogi or are looking for something light should enjoy themselves.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 1
Fairly dark and violent, this probably isn’t the best choice for the young or easily scared. Though it’s blurred, there is nudity in a dream sequence.
The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
If you liked the first two movies in the series, you’ll probably enjoy this one. For everyone else, it’s a harmless but slightly dull jaunt into fantastical Christian imagery.
Also a little dull, the film moves too slowly to work up any real sense of suspense. The appeals are mostly visual, in the form of the locale highly attractive leads Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie.
A disappointment on almost every level. Go only if you’re desperate to see the bikes, and even then expect to be bored before the credits roll. (Complete review on page A10.)
Classic Disney magic, with romance for the girls, action for the boys, and laughs for everyone. Cynical as I am, it still managed to sweep me away.
How Do You Know
The only way you’ll get guys to this one is by dragging them, and it’s not engaging enough to make it worth the effort. If you’re desperate for a romance fix, “Tangled” is probably a better bet.
(At the Tinseltown in Layton and the Gateway Mall in Salt Lake) Not a lot of depth, but sometimes a solid action movie with a good ending is exactly what you need for Christmas.
Note: On the question of whether to see a particular movie in 2D or 3D, I’d suggest going with your personal tastes or the most convenient movie times. Though 3D can sometimes give fantasy worlds an extra depth, it’s never a necessary part of enjoying a movie.