Saturday, July 31, 2010

Movie Review: Ramona and Beezus

This family-friendly comedy about a troublesome young girl, Ramona (played by Joey King), does not miss a beat and is brilliantly adapted from Beverly Cleary's series based off the same character. The author is currently in her nineties and until now had been fighting her series' adaptation into film. Cleary ultimately decided she would like to see it happen before her death on the condition that it remain timeless, meaning no attention was paid to fashion or other current trends or technologies - which only made the film work better. The characters brought to life are hard not to fall in love with and the relationship between Ramona and Beezus (Selena Gomez) is heartwarmingly believable, especially for those sisters out there. Anchored by an amazing performance from the adorable King and rounded out by an excellent cast that includes Ginnifer Goodwin (He's Just Not That Into You), Josh Duhamel (Transformers), Sandra Oh (Grey's Anatomy) and John Corbett (Sex and the City) this is a refreshing and fun trip back to your childhood.
Best on-screen moment: Ramona's heartbreaking and hilarious attempt at taking the perfect school picture.

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