The film itself wasn’t one of Disney’s finest or most memorable, but had some real charm moments and touching storyline about brothers going on a magical quest to spend one more day with their Dad who died when they were young. The characters were enjoyable and the brotherly bond at times, tear jerking. It had enough momentum and drama to keep us entertained beyond the bottom of the popcorn box.
When younger brother Ian has a realisation that it’s Barley, his older brother, who has been there for him guiding him through childhood. And that he doesn’t need to meet the Dad he never knew, leaving that fleeting magical moment for Barley to say the goodbye he couldn’t manage at the time.
The comfy seating, dim, relaxed lighting as you enter, the popcorn in a card box, the settling down for an uninterrupted few hours of comfortable darkness and enveloping sound. I hadn’t appreciated how much I’d missed it and how much it felt like time well spent together. The film sticks in your mind for longer due to the effort and focus of being out of home with others. Interestingly, there were no ads. But what it lacked in ads it most definitely made up for in trailers, not sure I’ve ever seen so many.