What We're Watching, May 2016

A bit early in the month for Waht We're Watching but as we're off on holiday I wanted to give you a quick heads up on the DVDs we've had for review this month, and the other things we're watching.

First up a film I've wanted to watch for ages, Room, is now out on DVD.  I'm not often engaged by movie trailers, but this one resonated with me the first time I saw it, the bittersweet joy, the sense of freedom and wonder, it looked intriguing.

Children's reality is, of course, based on their own unique experience of the world.  But what if that experience is only of an 11ft square room?  Jack's mother, Ma, played beautifully by Brie Larson, does everything she can to make his life happy, fulfilling and safe.  She has created a whole universe within Room, but as Jack reaches his fifth birthday he begins to question their circumstances more and more.  As Ma's strength and resilience breaks down, they escape their captor.  But will the real world outside Room live up to expectations, or could it be even more scary out there?  An interesting premise, especially given the recent BBC drama Thirteen, and a lovely, if harrowing, film.  Keep the tissues ready!

Otherwise for me there'a bit of a watching hiatus.  I've finished my marathon watch of series 3 and 4 of The Killing, and was thoroughly happy with the ambiguity of the friends or more ending.  Not so with the truth about the Stansbury family murders.  To be honest, series 4 did feel a bit rushed.  I suppose the revelation that Netflix would only pay for a half season impacted on Veena Sud's story-telling plans.  But I can forgive that after the incredible third series, with outstanding performances all round.  As a viewer you feel that you know Linden and Holder, and they will be missed, but in my mind they both have their redemption and all is well.  A good ending.

Most good TV series have ended or are about to end (Line of Duty, Person of Interest) and there doesn't seem to be much on the horizon.  I'm still in two minds about Marcella, although I am watching it till the end, and Undercover has never lived up to its promise.  We will have to see what the summer brings.

For the girls, their current favourites are NetFlix marathons of Paw Patrol and My Little Pony, and CBeebies' favourites Our Family, The Clangers, Topsy & Tim, Tree Fu Tom and Peter Rabbit.  They were delighted to receive the latest Peter Rabbit and friends DVD, the fourth volume to be released.

When Mr. McGregor captures the whole squirrel tribe in his garden, Peter must stage a mass break out to save his friends. Follow heroic Peter and his friends Benjamin Bunny and Lily Bobtail on their adventures and quest to save the day, overcoming obstacles and outsmarting predators, all the while finding fun and excitement in the most unexpected places.  With this and five more exciting episodes, Peter Rabbit - The Tale Of The Great Break Out is the perfect DVD for any young fan.  It also comes with a free height chart, featuring all of their favourite characters - even Mean old Mr Tod! The girls (ages 6, 4 and 2) love this show, and this DVD contains some of their favourite episodes. A must-buy for any fan!

Any DVDs reviewed are available now for purchase and download.  Other films or TV programmes mentioned may be available through NetFlix, Amazon Prime or other subscription services, as well as on Freeview channels and catch-up services.  Current cinema releases will be highlighted as such.

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