Lily and I have always been a big fan of the book We're going on a bear hunt. So I was really excited to see how they have made it into a film. We got sent the DVD to review in time for the We're going on a bear hunt twitter party on Thursday.
I was unsure if it would be something Lily would sit down and watch with her only being 2 years old. The story she loves to listen to but thats at bedtime and so during the day there are toys as distraction and not much keeps her sat still watching the Tv. But wow she sure showed me. Not only did her eyes stay glued to the TV the entire film but she actually wanted to watch it all over again as soon as it had finished. She got really upset and cried and said Bear Bear. So I asked "Do you want to watch the film again" and she said "Okay" and stopped crying. So on it went again and Lily sat quietly for another 30 minutes watching it.
Im really happy to be able to review this DVD and really want to give it 5 stars for how good it is. We have had the DVD on over and over again and every day so far. Its become something Lily really enjoys watching.
So, a little more about the film. If you have read the book you know the famous lines "were going on a bear hunt, were going to catch a big one, what a beautiful day, were not scared". Then the rest is all about what they encounter on the bear hunt and how "we can't go over it, we can't go under it, we have to go through it". The film is of corse made up of these wonderful lines from the story but with a little more storyline built into it to make up the film.
Some new parts added show the parents leaving the children with the older brother in charge with a sad mention to their Grandad recently passing so they have to go and help Grandma who's car has broken down. Some older children who understand this part may find it sad but Lily is to young to understand that part yet so it didn't effect her. The film carries on as they head out on there bear hunt and as well as the usual story line of going through mud and dark forests, they all have fun and you see the children having this adventure. One of the biggest changes to the storyline is when they get into the cave. Rosie one of the sisters makes friends with the bear and so when the bear does get left on its own it does provide for a very sad ending. Lily was mostly sad to see that the bear was going and no longer in the film as she was very excited to finally see the bear after all the talk of it. I think she was a little young to understand that the bear was leaving the family behind. But I did mention to her that it was okay, as the little girl Rosie still knows how to get back to the cave to visit.
Overall this film is so heart warming and beautiful. Its fun and adventurous and its one that Lily and I are going to watch over and over for years to come.
If you haven't seen the film yet. I do highly recommend that you get yourself a copy and give it a watch.
Have you read the We're going on a Bear Hunt book? Are you excited about the film?