Spotlight: Gina Rodriguez

Born in Chicago Illinois, Gina Rodriguez is the Latina everyone is talking about. Puerto Rican daughter of Genaro and Magali, Rodriquez is the youngest of three sisters. She was always one to be on stage, and, at the young age of seven, her love of salsa led to dancing her way into college until the age of 17. Attending NYU’s Tisch School of the arts, Rodriguez continued four years of training with the Atlantic Theater Company and Experimental Theatre Wing. Soon after she had her first lead role in a feature film, Tiny Dancer, she had the role of Frida Kahlo in “Casa Blue: The Last Moments in the Life of Frida Kahlo” at the American Stage Theatre.

Prior to being cast as Jane Villanueva in the comedy Jane the Virgin, she played the role of Beverly in the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. She has also worked in movies such as Our Family Wedding (2010), Go for It!(2010), Filly Brown (2012), Enter the Dangerous Mind (2013) and Sleeping with Fishes(2013) among other television and short films.

Jane the Virgin is a network success, which is attributed to Rodriguez and the energetic cast. The Venezuelan Telenovela inspired show has seen great amount of success, winning an AFI award for program of the year, a Dorian Award for Campy TV Show of the Year and a People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Comedy all in 2015.  Gina won her first Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a television series musical or comedy for her role as Jane. In her moving speech, she mentions “…this award is so much more than myself it represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes…”

Although Jane the Virgin has been her most successful role, she has appeared in other television shows, which include  Law and Order (2004), 10 Things I Hate About You (2010), Army Wives (2010), Happy Endings (2011) and Longmire (2013), among other shows.

Rodriguez’s success extends to the film industry. She has also won an Imagen Award for Best Actress for the film Filly Brown and also an ALMA Award of Special Achievement for the same film.

Powerful Latinas to Look Up To

These talented Latina actresses not only shine on the screen, but also as role models and volunteers.  These Latinas are setting an example for the rest of us by using their fame and power to do good for many!

Roselyn Sanchez Roselyn Sanchez

The beautiful Puerto Rican Roselyn has been working in the industry for a long time. She has been recognized for her beauty in many pageants and that gave her a chance to land big roles in different movies and TV shows. She has also worked as a producer and director. She has done philanthropic work and created a foundation dedicated to help animals and little kids. She has also led a triathlon for children’s charities.

Judy Reyes

From Dominican parents, Judy has participated in many TV shows since the 90’s, including The Sopranos and Oz, but her most recognized roles are Scrubs and Devious Maids. However she’s not only an actress, she has spent some of her time helping orphans with organizations such as Orphaned Starfish Foundation, a group that help them overcome poverty through education in Haiti, Latin America and Africa. She has also helped to build community gardens with help of the Garfield Health Department.

Ana Ortiz

Ana Ortiz, who is of Puerto Rican and Irish descendent, graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and now is a mother of two. She is well recognized for her roles in Ugly Betty and Devious Maids. She has dedicated some time to do charity work! She has been a part of the fight against AIDS, participating with AIDS Healthcare Foundation. She has also worked for the Animal Rescue Foundation. While she was part of the Ugly Betty cast, they helped with a charity auction benefiting Save The Children.

Bella Thorne

From Cuban Descent, Bella Thorne has been working really hard since an early age and she’s only 18! She started as a child model. She was a lead actress and a great dancer on a Disney TV show while simultaneously working as a model for a couple of brands, and later working on movies and TV shows. With her busy life, she has set aside some time to help others by working with Humane Society, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and The Nomad Organization.

Victoria Justice

She started her artistic career at a young age and hasn’t stopped working since then. She has appeared in many TV shows and is well-known from Zoey 101 and Victorious. She has also made a singing career and released many singles. But she is also making a difference. She joined the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign to educate, protect and empower girls in developing countries.

 

SxAméricas Review

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Ever consider going to a film festival and wish it was based around more Latin culture? SxAméricas is the perfect place just for that!

SxAméricas is an extension of SxSW that takes place during the weeklong event held in mid-March in Austin, Texas.

At SxAméricas, there are festivals and panels that connect leaders from the technology, music, and film industry world through U.S. Latinos and Latin Americans.

According to the SxSW website, “SxAméricas is a platform to network, share innovative ideas, and create new partnerships across all creative industries from North America, South America, and Central America.”

Some of the Latina representatives at SxAméricas were Julie Ann Crommett (with Google), Lucinda Martinez (with HBO), Lauren Giraldo (from Vine and Youtube), and even Gloria Trevi.(Expand and briefly introduce their background).

Julie Ann Crommet is the program manager of computer science education in media at Google. Her main focus at work is to add diversity to the computer science field and change the views the media has on computer science. Before working at Google, she worked at NBCUniversal and was in charge of the diversity within the company off camera. She also graduated from Harvard with a bachelors of arts in English.

Lucinda Martinez is the HBO Senior Vice President of Multicultural Marketing. She is responsible for the creation of HBO Lation, and she’s responsible for HBO’s current marketing towards the large group of multicultural shows on the TV station, from African American, Latino, and Asian cultures. Before working for HBO, she worked as a director on Comedy Central. She was also the woman who started the Latino Health Summit with the American Heart Association. Lucinda received her bachelors of arts from Columbia University.

Lauren Giraldo, now 17, started making videos on Vine in 2013 just for the fun of it. She was in high school and didn’t think anything of it at first because only her friends watched her Vines. Before she knew it, she was getting thousands of views on Vine and became “Vine famous.” Her videos are just her doing whatever she thinks is fun — which sometimes includes going up to strangers in public and asking them to marry her. She started posting videos onto her Youtube channel in June 2015 after she had already gotten so many followers and views on her Vine videos.

Gloria Trevi is a pop-rock singer/songwriter from Mexico. She started as a solo artist in 1989 and was immediately successful (after having sung on the streets of Mexico and been in a girl group). In 1993, she was Pop Female Artist of the Year at the Lo Nuestro Awards. She has since moved from Mexico City to McAllen, Texas, and is working on her singing and acting career.

Each one of these women had different things to say about women in media, as well as women working in the business of television and other media outlets.

Lucinda Martinez began to talk about Latinas, specifically, when discussing the viewers for her shows on HBO.

“We’re not a race. Latino is not a race,” she said. “We’re a combination of races. Mixing is Latino. A character can be anybody. We’re so diverse.”

Julie Ann Crommett discussed what made her go into computer science and storytelling. She talked about her life as a Cuban and Puerto Rican.

“I was passionate about finding a place in the world and as a Latina,” she said.

At the panel she spoke at, she was also asked why so many girls were not pursuing computer sciences. Crommett’s answer was:

1)      Not enough encouragement from parents and,

2)      The girl’s perception of the career itself.

“Computer Science is how you revolutionize the world,” Crommett said in regards to her field work.

Lauren Giraldo spoke about social media and how she got to be where she is today at the panel she spoke at. She was asked what the key to succeeding in social media was.

“Be yourself. They’re already following you. That’s what works,” she said. “Even if you’re really weird, you know, they’ll like it.”

And as far as her “Spanglish” goes, she said it’s great for herself and for her viewers, and they love it. She believes it allows the viewers to relate to her and her family. It’s a different type of relationship for them.

All of the women at SxAméricas main focus was teaching young girls how to succeed in the business. Just remember, if they can do it, anyone else can do it too.

 

Remembering El Chavo Del Ocho

It’s difficult trying to describe the nostalgic bliss that comes whenever I hear the “El Chavo’s” theme song on TV. The appropriately titled song, “The Elephant Never Forgets” by Jean Jacques Perrey, can take whoever grew up with the series back to their childhood. Forty years after El Chavo Del Ocho’s inception, it continues to warm the hearts of Spanish-speakers. Following the recent death of Roberto Gómez Bolaños, the creator of El Chavo Del Ocho, we decided to review the different aspects that make this show so magical.

The History of the Show:

El Chavo Del Ocho was a Televisa-produced thirty minute sitcom that aired from 1973-1980. The show featured the antics of the orphan El Chavo and company in their fictional home of the “vecendida,” which was a low-income housing unit. El Chavo was an eight-year-old boy that liked to hang out inside a barrel. Around him, the characters would have their storylines. The composition of the El Chavo Del Ocho differed from other family-oriented shows because the children were impersonated by adults. Regardless of acting choices, the actors were wonderfully over the top. The kids would throw throw tantrums, act out, act envious, etc.. The adults would fall in love, teach the children a lesson, or annoy the children.

The character “El Chavo” was first introduced in 1971 on The Chespirito Show. The series and character was created by Roberto Gómez Bolaños (A.K.A. “Chespirito”). Even though the other characters that Chespirito had created were popular, the first sketch that featured El Chavo, La Chilindrina, and Don Ramón was revolutionary. The sketch used a low-income fictional housing unit, the vecendidad, as its stage. This scene resonated more with underprivileged families than the popular soap-operas of the day did because soap operas were often portrayed Anglo-Saxon actors whose struggles were solely exclusive to the upper class.

When Bolaños was offered the chance to introduce “El Chavo” as a thirty-minute television show to the public in 1973, he ended his variety show. El Chavo Del Ocho was then made into the well-known sitcom. From there Chespirito (as El Chavo) produced the show’s content alongside Florinda Diaz (Doña Florinda), Ramón Valdés (Don Ramón), Carlos Villagrán (Quico), María Antonieta de las Nieves (La Chilindrina), Rubén Aguirre (Señor Jirafeles), Édgar Viva (El Señor Barrage), and Angelines Fernández (Doña Clotilde).

Over the course of seven years, eight seasons, and two hundred and ninety episodes El Chavo Del Ocho ended it’s television run. However it to continued to exist within Latino popular culture by syndication, that means it was put on reruns. The show has been syndicated since 1992 and according to Forbes Magazine the show has earned an estimated $1.7 Billion in syndication fees as of 2012.

Animated for a New Generation:

El Chavo Del Ocho’s magic was also brought into the new millennial by it’s animated spin-off, El Chavo Animado. The show started in 2006 and has produced seven seasons and 139 episodes. It featured all the characters animated, with the exception of la Chilindrina. The reason for this is that María Antonieta de las Nieves, the actress who portrayed the character, believed that she had a legal claim to the character. Since this dispute couldn’t be settled, Chespirito replaced her with Popis, Quico’s cousin who is portrayed by Florida Díaz.

There are many fans of El Chavo Del Ocho throughout the world. It was a large hit within the Spanish-speaking countries from Latin America, South America, Mexico, Spain, and some parts of the United States with predominately Hispanic roots.

Growing Up with El Chavo:

Even though I haven’t taken the time to watch an episode of El Chavo Del Ocho recently, I can bust out the lyrics to “Que. Bonita Vecindad” on cue. This show has had a large effect on me while growing up. I used to try to imitate Quico’s or the Chilindrina’s brattiness just for fun. That is what happens when you’re raised in a Mexican-American household in the 1990s. My first language was Spanish. I watched dubbed versions of cartoons in Spanish. El Chavo Del Ocho was one of the few shows that I watched that was made for the language that I was used to. It was also the first show that made me interested in satire.

It’s crazy that even though I was born in 1995, fifteen years after the show had ended, reruns of the show caused me to have a similar connection that my parents had with the show. I asked my mom to comment on the show’s effect on her life and she said this.

“I was raised with this show as it was going on. There have been people in my life whom I’ve related to Don Ramón, or Quico. When I was ten, I dressed up as la Chilindrina, and won the best costume award. This show is loved in Mexico. It might be called the Mexican-version of The Brady Bunch except that it is still applicable to other Spanish-speaking generations.

El Chavo Del Ocho is one of the most wonderful shows of all time. Regardless of generational gaps, Spanish-speakers continue to love this show by it’s running gags, quirky characters, and emotional stories. It’s a shame that Roberto Gómez Bolaños passed away on November 28, 2014, at the age of 85. His art as a comedian influenced many generations of Spanish-speaking individuals. When it was first shown, this show practically raised my parents. Through syndication, people like me got to experience the magic for themselves. And, through creation of the animated version of the show these characters will continue to amuse more generations of Latinos. El Chavo Del Ocho will always be able to can make us feel like kids again.

Super Women On Screen

Super women are coming to a screen near you. Superheroes are really big right now. From Captain America and Spiderman on the big screen to Arrow and The Flash getting their own TV shows, these crime fighting men are everywhere. There’s clearly something missing though. Where are all of the women? Saving the world isn’t just for the guys.

Luckily, Hollywood is slowing getting the memo. There has been a recent upsurge of movies and shows featuring female superheroes coming to the big and small screen. Here is the rundown on these super women’s new films and where you can find them in the comic books. Because the book are always better than the movies anyway, right?

Captain Marvel

With no relation to Captain America, Captain Marvel is the alias of Carol Danvers—a NASA employee turned superhuman. Growing up, Carol dreamed of attending college to become an astronaut. Her father refused to pay for her education because she was a woman although she was the smartest of her siblings. She decided to prove him wrong. Carol joined the Air Force and quickly moved up the ranks until she was approached by NASA to become their head of security.

She lived her dream until an encounter with an alien race gave her superhuman strength, the ability to fly and shoot light beams out of her hands. She is a fan favorite and even goes on to lead The Avengers for some time. Her movie isn’t set to come out until 2018, so in the meantime, you can find her in her comic books. Start with issue #1 of the Captain Marvel 2012 series.

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is a longtime symbol for female strength and empowerment in the pop culture universe. She is the daughter of an Amazon queen and the Greek god Zeus. Her story begins when she travels to America with a man that crash lands on her island. She decides to stay to protect all of love and humanity.

Wonder Woman is the definition of confidence and strength. You can see her heroics in the upcoming Wonder Woman film as well as the Justice League movie. Actress Gal Gadot will be donning her famous gold gauntlets and Lasso of Truth. Read about Wonder Woman’s exciting adventures in the New 52 version of the Wonder Woman series.

Sue Storm

Sue Storm is one-fourth of the Fantastic Four. She’s the only woman on the team, but she does a good job of showing just how powerful she is. She wasn’t born The Invisible Woman. Sue had to raise her brother at a young age. One day she befriends a scientist who takes them both into outer space. There they are dosed with cosmic rays and gain powers. That’s how the Fantastic Four was formed.

Sue is definitely a team player. She uses her power of invisibility to save the world. But she has even needed to save her own team. In one story line, Reed Richards, the scientist, turns bad and she has to lead the Fantastic Four to save him from himself. She always looks out for the ones she cares about. The Fantastic Four Ultimate series is a great place to learn more about her.

Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones isn’t coming to the big screen, but to the computer screen. Set to be a new Netflix series, Jessica Jones is a different kind of superhero. Jessica got her powers after her family was in a car accident with a truck carrying radioactive materials. After struggling to accept her superhuman strength as a teenager, she took comfort and gained confidence in knowing she could her power to do good in the world.

AKA Jessica Jones will pick up after she has hung up her superhero cape and opened a detective agency instead. She helps superheroes and normal humans solve crimes. You can check out Kristen Ritter’s performance of Jessica Jones later this spring. Until then, you can follow some of her cases in the Jessica Jones comic series.

Supergirl

Yes, she is related to Superman. Kara Zor-El is Superman’s cousin that crash lands on Earth after her home planet is destroyed. She hides her powers for some time but decides to embrace them as a young adult to protect the world.

Kara is set to face some pretty big villains from the comic book universe. While you’re waiting for Glee’s Melissa Benoist to bring the character to life on CBS, check out her in Showcase Presents Supergirl: Volume 1.

It’s about time these super women get some screen time. Comic books aren’t just for boys, and neither is saving the world. Hopefully Supergirl, Wonder Woman, and Captain Marvel are only the first of many female superheroes we can get excited about. Until then, we have a few more powerful women paving the way for equality in Hollywood.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire’s Audrey Ramirez

Warning: Spoilers ahead

We have Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida, and now Elsa and Anna. These gals are the most prominent faces for young girls and their Disney princess movie infatuations. These animated women transform into their role models and embody what they foresee as beauty and the ideal woman.

With this in mind, Disney has taken steps to add diversity to their collection – like The Princess and the Frog – and even opened up “true love” to include family – yes, we are looking at you Brave and Frozen! But this new and necessary transformation has many waiting for the Latina princess, especially after the controversy with Sofia the Firsta TV series on Disney Channel that was revealed that the young princess is not actually “Latina.”

Audrey-atlantis-photo-450x370-pr-amrks9sm1However, between the anticipating and controversies for the Latina princess that young girls can idolize and relate to, why has no one acknowledged Audrey Rocio Ramirez from Disney’s Atlantis?

Atlantis: The Lost Empire was released in 2001 and follows a young man and his crew on an expedition to find the lost city of Atlantis. The crew, composed of unique and interesting individuals, includes a Latina, Audrey Ramirez. Audrey Ramirez is a sixteen years old engineer with a big personality. She’s tough, sarcastic, sassy, and intelligent. Breaking all stereotypes for women, she’s a tomboy that loves to get her hands dirty and very skilled in auto mechanics.

Throughout the movie you learn more about the young engineer, such as how she honed her skills while helping her dad at his Auto Repair Shop at age five. Also, she reveals that her sister is a boxer with a shot at the title. In a touching conversation with Milo, the protagonist, she even shares that with the money they’ll receive from the expedition, she plans to open up her own high end repair show with her father. Through this interaction and other mentions throughout the film, her love and pride of her family is unmistakable.

Another notable aspect of this character is her compassion for friends despite her tough exterior. Both young in age, she connects well with Milo and jokes around a lot with the crew. In a series of unfortunate events that causes her and the crew’s loyalties to be skewed, she is the first to feel guilt on turning on her friend and returns to her loyalties.

“I think people always forget about Atlantis [the movie]because it’s not a big princess movie, but it is a great movie for any gender or any age!” 18-year-old Reana Chavez said. “I liked Audrey’s character a lot – she was my favorite! She’s so spunky and tough and it doesn’t matter if she’s not a princess. She’s different and more relateable to me.”

Audrey Ramirez’s tanned skin, big brown eyes, and black hair does not mislead her culture. Her subtle accent and Bronx attitude does not deceive the audience. She is a Latina and she is strong. Always donning a white shirt and blue overalls – however, cleans up nicely at an award ceremony – she’s young, beautiful, and innovative.

The teenage female mechanic is a grease monkey within a Disney world of pink dresses, endless ruffles, fairy godmothers, handsome princes, and fancy balls. Her attitude and perspective is modern and competes with the rebellious princesses, such as Mulan and Merida. She demonstrates that girls can succeed in STEM and compete with the boys – forget the crown.

Audrey Rocio Ramirez may not be a princess, but her character is undeniably role model worthy for young girls.

Review: Book of Life

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Director Jorge Gutierrez and producer Guillermo Del Toro center the story plot, animation and characters on Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a traditional Mexican holiday, which is celebrated on November 1 throughout Latin America. This festivity celebrates the lives of loved ones who have passed away with parties and activities that serve to recognize death as a natural part of life, and also as a way to invite spirits to return from their eternal sleep and join their families in the celebrations.

The film follows the story of three childhood amigos who are caught in a love triangle. Manolo (voiced by Diego Luna) is a tender-hearted hero who comes from a long line of champion bullfighters but finds his true passion in playing his guitar. Then we have Joaquin (voiced by Channing Tatum), a macho-man bandit rustler with medals around his neck and pride in his stride. These childhood friends vie for the love of Maria (Zoe Saldana), the smart and multi-talented daughter of the general who runs their village of San Angel.

All the while, two spirit forces watch over the trio and over their magical lands, a part of the story that taps into Mexican mythology surrounding the Day of the Dead. La Muerte (Kate del Castillo), ruler of the Land of the Remembered, roots for Manolo to win the heart of Maria while Xibalba (Ron Perlman), who rules over the Land of the Forgotten, believes Joaquin will win her heart.

As a result, Manolo is sent on an adventure through the whimsical lands and encounters a series of challenges along the way to seek Maria, who has fallen into a “Sleeping Beauty”-style slumber. Meanwhile, their village of San Angel is being threatened by Chakal, a metallic monster bandit with a gang of thieves.

Throughout the film, the Día de los Muertos theme is embraced through the vibrant characters and settings that have the most familiar symbol of the holiday with calacas and calaveras (skeletons and skulls). Mexican folk art inspires much of the animation, filling the screen with eye-popping colors and details. While the plot itself has been seen before, the visuals and the worlds seen in the film resemble a Day of the Dead themed “Candyland” setting, which is sure to keep the audience pleased.

The characters of Manolo and Joaquin represent positive human qualities such as nobility and self-sacrificial love. While Maria holds an empowering image for the main female role as a headstrong martial arts expert and bookworm, she falls under the “damsel in distress” role at one point and has to be saved by her hero. However, most of her character is positively depicted as an independent woman who is free to make her own choices.

Throughout the film, the significance of Día de los Muertos is constantly being portrayed through the adventures of the three amigos and the spiritual beings that influence their worlds. This multi-tiered plot takes the audience through the general cultural customs of Day of the Dead through acts that include the tales of life after death, good forces of nature over evil and the pursuit of staying close to loved ones who have influenced your world, long after leaving the human realm.

An Aspiring Star

Photo Credit: Sara-ramirez.org

Photo Credit: Sara-ramirez.org

During our annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations, we invite Latinitas volunteers, writers, and interns to share their thoughts on Latina entertainment, role models, and what culture means to them . Here’s what Kenia Guerrero had to say about her favorite actress, Sara Ramirez. 

I’m not interested in medicine, but about 6 years ago I found a great show, Grey’s Anatomy… I love everything about it. Especially Dr. Callie Torres, portrayed by the beautiful Sara Ramirez.

Sara Ramirez is way more than just the attending orthopedic surgeon at Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital. I’ve always found her character really interesting because of how much her story line changed in just a couple seasons. She was introduced in the second season of Grey’s Anatomy as George O’Malley’s love interest. She later become a regular and had the most adorable relationship with Dr. Arizona Robbins. You have to watch the show to understand everything because I’m not going to tell you!
But, I’m not going to talk only about Grey’s Anatomy because Sara Ramirez success started long before Grey’s. Born in She Sinaloa, Mexico, she later moved to San Diego, California where she found her true love: acting. She went to San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts and later to Juilliard. She had the best start! Just in time for graduation, she got her Broadway debut role in Paul Simon’s The Capeman, a year later she appeared in The Gershwins’ Fascinating Rhythm which earned her an Outer Critics Circle Award. She later appeared in several movies and even lent her voice to a video game. It was in 2004 when she was cast as the Lady of the Lake in the musical, Spamalot, and her performance was so good that won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.
In fact, she was SOOOOO GOOD that the executives from ABC offered her a role on any series she wanted and she choose….. GREY’S ANATOMY ! She is AMAZING! In 2011, she released on iTunes three original songs performed by her. The real reason I’m talking about her is because she is everything I’ve wanted to be since I was 15. I’ve  always been a huge fan of Chicago, the Broadway musical, so when I found out Sara Ramirez had a role in the musical…. I wanted so bad to be her!
I wanted to be a Mexican actress who performs in musicals, wins a Tony, a role in a TV series , and wins a SAG! It’s interesting how much of an impact an actress can have on your life!  I don’t dance or sing, so it didn’t turn out well. As I grew up, I noticed that, although I love musicals, I want to write. Here I am, Kenia Guerrero, an aspiring journalist.
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Review: Rio 2

rio_two_ver6_xlgAs a sequel to the first “Rio” movie, this movie takes place three years later when Blu and his three kids with Jewel, another macaw, returns. Their “humans,” or owners, Tulio and Linda discover the flock from which Jewel comes from. They thought that their macaws were the only ones left in the world. As they investigate this circumstance, they encounter many obstacles such as Nigel, who wants to knock down the rain forest and build stuff which would result in killing wildlife. The new characters in the sequel to “Rio,” which screened in 2011, create a different plot from the first movie.

The message behind the movie is great for both adults and younger ones. Its message is about love and acceptance. This family friendly movie is entertaining for everyone because of the animation, the comedy, the message, and the enjoyment parents will find in seeing their kids take pleasure in the catchy tunes and colorful scenes. The amount of musical numbers adds to the attraction of the film because of its comical animation and entertaining motions and phrases. The 3D animation adds to the adventure and becomes a different take on the well-known family-friendly movie. The film does, however, contain the typical villainous plot which makes it, in a way, predictable. But this type of plot is still enjoyable because the story told in this movie is one that most families and children will enjoy. We all love happy endings so the overall plot of this sequel will be sure to please the audience.

This colorful and vibrant movie is a must-see for children and adults alike! The animation is very appealing to the eyes and keeps your attention throughout the movie. The colors and animation itself is reason to watch this movie, along with the humor that appeals to all tastes. Make sure to grab some popcorn or other favorite snack to enjoy with this movie with family and friends. Even if you think that this movie may be only for smaller children, give it a chance and let your inner child come to life with this adventurous and exotic film!

Review: The Lego Movie

the-lego-movie-2014-05Watching the previews to this movie, one may think that this is merely another movie for little kids—preferably boys. However, being that this movie is about Legos, it also caught the attention of those who are older as well—even teenagers. Most teenagers, even girls, play with Legos! Legos are a part of many teens’ childhood, and it’s always nice to be reminded of that wonderful, carefree time. The Lego movie definitely did it’s job in this regard!

The main character, Emmet Brickowski, is known in the “Lego world” to be a “normal” guy because of his “normal” job and his “normal” life. The movie shows the mundane tasks Emmet does everyday, including exercise and buying over-priced coffee. As a construction worker, he is a hard worker. One night, after he was done with his shift, he discovers a mysterious object called “The Piece of Resistance” and meets a girl named Wyldstyle, voiced by Elizabeth Banks. She explains to him that the one who finds “The Piece of Resistance” is the one who is identified as “The Special.”

Emmet, being the “normal” guy, wants to have such an honorable title. However, he finds it difficult to live up to this title. He is given many responsibilities with this title, the biggest of which he is to save everyone from President Business and his evil schemes. In order to accomplish this, Emmet needs to learn to break away from the “instruction manual” and learn to act spontaneously rather than only by what he is familiar with.

With the help of his friends and other outside sources, he is able to prove to himself and to everyone else that he is not merely a “normal” guy. He helps everyone see that anyone can be special no matter what others may think of them or by what they think of themselves.

This movie is a good family-friendly movie and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. It includes the typical love story, jokes that are funny to a variety of tastes and there is surprising to twist at the end—everyone enjoys a good plot twist! From the cities to the vehicles to even the water, everything is made out of Legos! This movie is a must-see and the themes—anyone and everyone is special in their own way and that there is nothing you can’t make out of Legos—this movie will keep you laughing while enjoy some good family time.