I read all the Beverly Cleary books when I was a kid, so when I heard they were making a movie based on the books, I was thrilled, despite the fact that I’m no longer, you know, 8! But the movie — based on a book that was written 55 years ago! – blew me away. I went expecting something that would be mildly entertaining and perhaps reminiscent of my childhood, but instead, I cried — twice — and laughed so hard that I nearly choked on my popcorn.
It was funny and touching, and I pretty much want to move to movie-land and join the Quimby family. As Ramona would perhaps say, it reeled me in like a sea bass. Consider me hooked.
And you know what? The fact that Josh Duhamel (*swoon*) and John Corbett (*swoon again*) were sharing the screen wasn’t even the best part about it — although, I admit, they are very distracting. No, it was the adorable little girl who played Ramona (Joey King). What an incredible actress, and she couldn’t have been cuter!
It’s also incredibly refreshing to see a movie geared toward kids that relies on a sweetly innocent real-life storyline instead of CGI or mystic faraway worlds. I love those kinds of blockbuster movies as much as the next person, but I like to have my heartstrings tugged by the real world once in a while too. I worry that we sometimes forget the power of a well-told, simple story, and I’m glad kids are being reminded of that.
I’d HIGHLY recommend it. I saw it with my mom — perfect, since she got me started on the Ramona books years ago — but I’d see it again in a heartbeat. (Okay, maybe the second viewing would be primarily to gaze at Duhamel and Corbett. Don’t judge!)