Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie

The most magical event of the year is now even bigger, with more thrilling adventure! Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie Extended Edition features exclusive footage, behind-the-scenes bonus and awesome extras that take you deeper into the mysterious world of wizardry! Embark on a supernaturally exciting adventure as the Russos, your favorite family of wizards-in-training, join together on a quest full of heart-stopping action and hilarious magical mishaps! While on vacation, Alex (Selena Gomez) accidentally casts a spell that threatens her family’s existence! Max (Jake T. Austin) tries to keep his parents together while Alex and Justin (David Henrie) use every trick they know as they search for the “Stone of Dreams” to reverse the spell and save their family. You won’t want to miss one extraordinary moment of this extended, magic-filled and action-packed movie!

Bonus Features
• Color-Changing Wishing Stone With Clip (Limited Time Only) included on pack
• Insider’s Exclusive – On Location! – Your Favorite Stars Reveal: Special Effects; Movie Stunts; Magical Props; Animal Actors and More!

My eleven year-old daughter is my primary viewer of movies of this type (my son likes them too, but doesn't like to admit that as he thinks they are "girly"). She's also a very literal child so once we got past the statements like, "I just don't understand why Alex wouldn't want to go on vacation! I LOVE going on vacation!" and "I don't know why she would wish her parents had never met!" she actually enjoyed the movie a lot.

This is a good family film. The concept of family of wizards is really cute and if you've ever seen the show, it's fun and fast-paced. Putting the characters in a movie allows you to get to "know" them a little better. Sure, there are still funny one-liners and physical comedy, but there were more touching moments than you would normally see in the television episodes. I liked both the parents more in this movie than in any of the episodes I had ever seen. And that Selena Gomez (Alex) is really a very talented actress! I think we will continue to see her in more and more diverse roles.

I liked this movie even more than I thought I would. You don't have to already be a Wizards of Waverly Place fan to enjoy this movie, but it's likely you will become one after watching it!

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