Millions Movie Review

We were fortunate to attend one of the screenings for Millions last week … 3 adults & 2 kids (age 8 & 6).  We weren’t sure what to expect … we had read the description & watched the trailer.  But the movie was very different than how it was depicted.  We were pleasantly surprised.  We had a little difficulty understanding some of it due to the British accents (it would have helped if the sound was louder in the theatre).  We found the movie quite humorous, even the kids did.  However, they were frightened towards the end with the “robber” situation.  At one point, the 8 yr old said, “I’m scared. I don’t want to watch”.  I told him to cover his eyes.  As he became more frightened, he said “I never want to buy this movie … it’s too scary” (we buy a lot of DVDs).  This same 8 yr old was fascinated by the appearance of the various historical figures … while he doesn’t know what a saint is, he has always been fascinated by life/death experience so this entire aspect opened up a whole new area for future education & exploration for him … to learn more about the specific saints that appeared in the movie.  His favorite was Joseph, since he is very familiar with him & his most vivid memory of the movie is Joseph walking through the kitchen.  He was actually waiting for Christ to make an appearance in the movie!!  One of the saints did not have a year mentioned for him during the movie but the 8 yr old provided it to me!!

We found this movie to be extremely educational, whether or not that was your intent.  Aside from the humorous aspect & the specific educational opportunity mentioned above, as parents, it gave us a great reference point to discuss a variety of different topics with these kids.  Believe me, discussion started as soon as we got up from our seats & continued throughout the entire ride home & into the next day!!  Quite an admirable affect for a movie to have!!  The main topics of discussion (some lessons new, some re-emphasized) were:  don’t talk to strangers (the robber), ALWAYS tell your parents when you’re in trouble (again the robber), don’t discuss your “possessions” or monetary situation with others, the value of $$, different monetary systems & specifically the Euro (another opportunity for further educational exploration), opportunists, morality & “right vs. wrong” (finding/keeping the $$), giving to poor/unfortunate, death & afterlife, what’s truly important in life (and “miracles”) and how memories & spirit of deceased loved ones stay with you.  My son (8) must have discussed this movie with his classmates because, when he came home the next day, the movie again came up during conversation & he proceeded to tell me how many pence a Euro is worth!!  Even I didn’t know &, until the previous day, he had never heard of a Euro!  When I asked him how he knew this, he said he had discussed it with the British exchange student.  Also, he had figured out why it was called a Euro & understood the use of it!

While you have advertised this movie as “a story of dreams & visions”, “saints & sinners”, “fantasies & fortunes” and “the power of believing”, these descriptions certainly do not do it justice!  It was much, much more!  Thank you for a vehicle that opened up opportunity for discussion with kids on such a variety of important topics!  I don’t know how you can adequately advertise it to bring across these major points & great lessons for kids (and some adults too!!) but word of mouth, especially from parents, will definitely be an asset in preventing this from becoming an obscure little movie vs the attention it deserves due to the lessons it can teach & the “life” impact!  You have a real winner here!  It would be interesting to hear the comments of viewers who don’t have children.

Review by Thea

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