BUILD­ING ON NOVEL CON­CEPT

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES PLAY -

Based on a 32-page chil­dren’s book first pub­lished in 1972, Alexan­der and the Ter­ri­ble, Hor­ri­ble, No Good, Very Bad Day has lib­er­ally changed and elab­o­rated upon the story but the re­sult is ex­cel­lent.

Beat the crowds of the Christ­mas movie on­slaught and take the whole fam­ily to en­joy this bright, rapid Dis­ney treat.

For 12-year-old Alexan­der Cooper (Aus­tralia’s own Ed Ox­en­bould) noth­ing goes right – he’s also clumsy beyond ex­tremes as bad luck seems to lurk any­where he goes.

Dur­ing a mag­i­cal mo­ment on the eve of his birth­day, Alexan­der makes the wish that each fam­ily mem­ber have an ex­pe­ri­ence of equally bad luck for the day.

From sun­rise to sun­set the prat­falls of the Coop­ers takes hold with ev­ery­thing from Mum (Jen­nifer Gar­ner) mess­ing up an im­por­tant work as­sign­ment with leg­endary Dick Van Dyke to Dad (Steve Carell) hav­ing to take their baby to a job in­ter­view.

In be­tween the chaos, Alexan­der is hav­ing a care­free day with none of the usual mishaps that gen­er­ally follow him.

Ed Ox­en­bould does an im­pres­sive job in the lead and although he plays an Amer­i­can kid here, Alexan­der has a love of Aus­tralia, part of an on­go­ing theme in­clud­ing hav­ing Vegemite for break­fast.

Bella Thorne looks to be a ris­ing young star, play­ing Celia the snob­bish, ar­ro­gant would-be prom queen to per­fec­tion, while Ker­ris Dorsey is lik­able as Emily Cooper – her Peter Pan mo­ments are quite amus­ing.

Lis­ten care­fully when Mary Pop­pins legend Dick Van Dyke ap­pears, his mix of words is another funny scene cap­i­tal­is­ing on em­bar­rass­ing sit­u­a­tions.

Like most fam­ily-friendly movies, it con­cludes with a feel­good fi­nale that Dis­ney has per­fected over the years.

Ed Ox­en­bould with screen par­ents Jen­nifer Gar­ner and Steve Carell.

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