The Peanuts movie
This film ends the long wait for fans of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the gang.
While it’s animated, the makers have recreated the characters with hand-drawn elements to be truer to the work of the cartoon strip author, Charles M. Schulz, which is a nice touch.
Those worrying that The Peanuts Movie will depart from the original comic in style or story can relax: there are no crazy plotlines or weird events, just the usual crises of perennial self-doubter Charlie Brown as he clumsily tries to impress the Little Red-Haired Girl, and determines to become “a winner”. In the meantime Lucy still dispenses advice from her booth and calls people “blockheads”, Schroeder plays Beethoven, Snoopy fights the Red Baron, Pigpen is a grub and Marcie still calls Peppermint Patty “Sir”.
It’s all you would expect from the classic bunch of primary schoolers who make up a Peanuts tale.
The gentle and simple story may be too simple for some young filmgoers, who these days are more used to wizards, aliens and things that blow up.
It may also be too familiar for viewers who might have hoped for something different.
But those who enjoy the everyday adventures of Charlie Brown and his friends, and the everyday issues they face as they seek to find their place in the world, will find themselves on happy ground.