American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)
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Let's just forgive the fact that everyone in the cast is overacting, over-enunciating every line to the point of being comical, and that their facial expressions are glued on their faces. (Although I give them credit- they all have more expressions than Kristen Stewart...which would only have to be two.) I'm letting this slide because nearly all kids' "Hallmark" style movies have bad acting and dialog.
My beef with this movie comes from the basic believability on all levels, and how this affects the target audience.
While watching the movie, I looked up the character's bio. The make-up, hair, clothes, allowance amount mentioned by Saige is all appropriate for a 14-15 year old. This girl is supposed to be 10. If they had merely changed the age, I would have no problem with it. Instead, they all look far too old and made up for their age, with FAR too much attention drawn to their appearance, and this is exactly what I felt safe knowing American Girl was NOT promoting.
Next, the "talent" aspect...These kids have abilities more in line with high schoolers. My 10-year old daughter walked away from this movie feeling bummed out and disappointed that she and her friends have nowhere near the talent level of the girls portrayed in the movie. I tried to explain to her that this was NOT normal, that virtually NO elementary aged kids write songs with full harmony, play the guitar and the piano while they sing, and paint like that.Read more ›
So it is with great disappointment that I must proclaim this to be everyone's LEAST favorite AG movie. The script is filled with platitudes and cliches, the soundtrack is repetitive and overbearing, the story is thin, Jane Seymour is dreadful (get a dialect coach, already!) and as a previous reviewer stated, the horseback riding scenes are comically bad. The close-ups throughout the film are distracting and badly filmed. It's a direction debacle. And Teh Drahmahz! and the giggling, and the BFFs! are nauseating. Even my 7 and 9 year olds were rolling their eyes and calling out "CHEEEEESY!" at our first viewing.
1. I want to visit Albuquerque now!
2. The little actress who plays Saige is darling and might be good with a different director, in a different film.
3. The character of Luis is wonderful. All my girls like him best out of every cast member!
4. The film does a good job of portraying the struggles of a deeply introverted, highly sensitive young girl.
5. The opening scene is wonderful, inspiring, and lovely.
I wish this had been a better film. My daughters and older boys agree. It's at the bottom of the AG pile.
Compared to historical characters, these new characters really pale in comparison. Felicity, Samantha, Kit, and Molly survived wars and the Great Depression, saved lives, death with the deaths of loved ones, fought child labor laws, and took in war refugees. Saige's biggest issues are:
1. Not getting school art classes. What is she going to learn in a public school art class? Making clay ashtrays? Coloring with a coffee can full of broken crayon stubs? Her grandma is a famous artist, and at the age of ten she already paints like Van Goh!
2. Riding her grandmother's horse in a parade holding ribbons over her head. Saige already knows how to ride and the horse has ridden the parade many times, so it's not like she's taming a mustang. And, in the big parade scene in the movie, she's surrounded by four handlers who run (in cowboy boots!) alongside the horse.
The economics don't make sense, either. The girls spend about $50,000 to earn $5,000 to save the school art program. Who ever heard of a public school program costing $5,000? $5,000 wouldn't cover the color copies the girls made to advertise their various money-making schemes. And Disney can't put together a more professional stage show (which, curiously, is made up of only one number) than the one supposedly completely choreographed and staged by elementary school kids.Read more ›
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we watched this movie and thought : wow this girl is terribly advanced for only 9 years old and actually looked more about jr high school also. Read morePublished 11 days ago by annie
The DVD skipped and did not work. Said made in Mexico on the disc. Where is the quality control? This was bought for my daughters bday.Published 16 days ago by michelle evans
While i found this character to be the most annoying of all the AG characters, my 9 yr old daughter loved this movie and watched it over and over until it drove me nuts just... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Yeah, I'm an adult, but not only do I like a lot of kids' movies (I still enjoy freakin' Babysitters Club books for their unintentional hilarity and snarkability), I also have a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lady in Red
Cutest movie ever!! My daughter fell in love with it, and now she insists on asking Santa for a Saige doll for Christmas. Oh boy, let the search begin!! Definitely a must see! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Heather
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