Alexander is a 12-year-old boy who is simply having a terrible day at school and at home. Alexander is also about to have a birthday party which is starting to look like a disappointment as another birthday party is happening on the same day and will be way better compared to what his family is planning for him. When Alexander complains about his terrible day to his family, they distractedly brush him off, telling him that he will be fine and it’s not a big deal. But at 12:01 am Alexander gets up early to celebrate his own birthday with a candle and one wish. He wishes the rest of his family could experience a bad day just like he had. As you can now expect, Alexander will experience one crazy day, witnessing all the bad and annoying things that happen to his family members, with many unpredictable moments surrounding him.
For those who are not aware, this film is loosely based on a well-known children’s book and is a comedy film.
The best part about this film is that it’s straight-up relatable. While I’ve never had gum in my hair, I’ve certainly had my fair share of bad and annoying days. The comedy and humour in this film also appeals to me. Firstly, the family characters are relatable as they all lead busy lives, but the actors who bring such fun and humour to the screen, particularly Alexander himself (played by Ed Oxenbould) and his father played by Steve Carell, are excellent.
For a Disney film, there is not a lot worth mentioning in regards to the film’s audio and visual tracks as it’s fairly basic. But my prime praise is for the positive message that comes at the end of the film and it’s a message that I don’t often see in film. It’s not too “preachy” and in your face either, instead being surprisingly subtle considering the film’s fast and wacky pace.
Overall, maybe it is due to my sick sense of humour, but I personally enjoyed this Disney film. It’s full of random jokes, silly humour and in the end, it still manages to bring a touching message for all ages to enjoy. This type of key message is actually unlike most film’s seen today. If you seek something brainless with wacky humour or perhaps you yourself have had a bad day, this could be the ticket to put a smile on your face and brighten your mood.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden