As you may know, we are a fan of the odd “family movie” night, so I am always partial to the latest kids film out on DVD. So we quite happly wanted to write the Adventures in Zambezia review. Overall, we enjoyed the film – it has some scary and exciting bits as well as big tear jerker moment. I am glad we watched this at home, as it would have been a little scary for my 5 and 3 yrs old at the cinema.
Adventures in Zambezia Film Info:
- approx 80min
- Certificat U
- Director – Wayne Thornley
- Stars Lenoard Nimoy, Jeremy Suarez, Abigail Breslin
This film officially has a certificate U – I would give it a 5yrs plus.. the “baddy” in the film, is a great monster like lizard that both children found rather scary and that to me is the potential stuff of kids’ nightmares.
Synopsis: The young falcon, Kai, is being brought up by his father in the dessert, away from civilization and other birds. His father is keen for him to not venture out beyond the “boundaries”, but young Kai is bored and curious. He meets another bird and hears about Zambezia – the city of birds – where the birds live together and working together. Kai wants to become a Hurricane “protector of Zambezia”. Enter the evil lizard who plans to take over Zambezia and eat all the eggs. What will happen, will Kai and the Hurricanes be able to protect the city?
So what did we think? Well.. tricky to say, my 3yrs old seemed a little bored, whilst my 5yrs old was hiding behind the pillow by most of the it. I think 5yrs old liked the film. Whilst I would tend to agree with the younger one – maybe it is slow to start? or the story line just takes ages to develop? and then it is all over and resolved in no time? I can’t quite put my finger on it, but a slight disappointment.
Take a peak at the Adventures in Zambezia preview:
Would my husband have enjoyed it? I am pretty certain he would have thought the film “ok”.
Did the kids enjoy it? My 5yrs old enjoyed it, though found it scary. Interestingly the 3yrs old seemed a little bored.
Likeability of characters – 6/ 10 (I never quite warmed to Kai)
General story line – 6/10 (I guess you do want to know “what happens next”?)
The Ending – 7/10 (of course predictable)
Mmmh, yep, you got it, not one of our favourite “Must see films“. Yes,a pleasant “distraction”, but not one that we will be getting out again and again and again.
Disclaimer: we received a review copy for, uhm, review, this however has not affected the review