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Ramona and Beezus (Blu-ray Review)

31 Oct, 2010 By: Angelique Flores

Street 11/9/10
Box Office $26.1 million
$29.98 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray
Rated ‘G.’
Stars Selena Gomez, Joey King.

The timeless Beverly Cleary children’s books are thoughtfully re-imagined in Ramona and Beezus. While the screenplay isn’t based on a specific book, it is based on the character and lively antics of Cleary’s Ramona Quimby character.

Young actress Joey King stars as the mischievous 9-year-old Ramona, who by no deliberate ill-will seems to either mess things up around her or get herself into trouble. Her older sister, Beezus (Selena Gomez), the more obedient of the two, calls her a pest but still encourages her little sister’s knack for going against the grain.

King brings the Ramona character to life, making her a loveable little girl and not just a trouble-maker. Certain scenes are created with animatics to illustrate Ramona’s overactive imagination, which brings viewers closer to Ramona by letting the audience into her head and train of thought.

While this family film doesn’t seem to have one major plot to follow, several subplots push the story through and incorporate other characters such as Aunt Bea and Henry Higgins.

Anyone of any age who has read the “Ramona” books will surely enjoy this entertaining cinematic take on the novels.

The bonus materials include a lovely featurette with Clearly about the “Ramona” book series and a featurette with director Elizabeth Allen and some of the cast and crew, which is more like Film 101 for children. Also included are deleted scenes and a gag reel.

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