Another significant milestone for my twins.

Last Monday, while their mother and newborn baby brother were resting in the hospital, I took the twins (and my sister) to catch a matinee screening of The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything. It was the first time I had taken the twins to see a movie; the wife and I had dragged them along to a couple of “movies for mommies” type events when they were only five or six months old, but that was for their parents’ benefit, not for theirs.

In one sense, we caught the movie at the perfect time: almost no one goes to the movies on Monday afternoons, so in case the twins began screaming or fussing or something, there were only a couple other families there for me to worry about. (As it is, the kids behaved just fine.) But in another sense, this wasn’t the perfect time: the kids usually nap in the early afternoon, and while Thomas was kept awake by the movie and the snacks, Elizabeth actually fell asleep on her auntie’s lap about ten minutes before the movie was over. (Don’t worry, I didn’t take the picture above until the credits were rolling and the other families were already on their way out.)

Ah well. I very much enjoyed letting my children take turns sitting on my knee while watching a big-screen movie, and I eagerly look forward to the day when they will have enough of a vocabulary so that we can talk about the movies we have seen together. In the meantime, I got a kick out of the way Elizabeth jerked her head to the left, right, left, right a couple times — presumably to see where the stereo sound was coming from — and I wonder when my next opportunity to do something like this will come along.

Oh, and what did I think of the movie itself? I can’t sum it up any better than my e-pal Denes House, who critiqued the movie for its “zanelessness”. I think there may have been more life and zest and humour in the ‘Rock Lobster’ parody that played over the closing credits than there was in the rest of the movie. And the fact that the VeggieTales creators deviated from their usual pattern didn’t help; the movie is more of a generic story than a genre parody. But it had its moments. The psycho cheese curls were especially cute.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).

  • Betty

    I think there may have been more life and zest and humour in the ‘Rock Lobster’ parody that played over the closing credits than there was in the rest of the movie.

    That’s a real pity, considering that the first movie had enough life and zest and humor to charm even me. Or maybe it’s not a pity. My fellow atheists! Seize the opportunity to fill the entertaining-movie gap! Now is the time! 😉

  • Peter T Chattaway

    Hey, I didn’t know you had seen Jonah! Have you seen any of the straight-to-video stuff?

  • Betty

    Nope, just that one, and that’s only thanks to my dad, who popped it in for my nephew when he was a toddler.