Trip, yes. Field, no.

Shouldn’t school field trips involve some kind of learning? Is it still a field trip if they just go to the movies? I’ll leave such existential introspection at the door, because we had a lot of fun anyway. The RVA (Namine’s virtual school) organized a trip to see the new Grinch movie. But first, Namine insisted on getting her picture taken with BumbleBee.

Everyone seemed to have a wonderful time. Namine, ever the 10-going-on-16 year old, was thrilled to sit with friends instead of her family. (I tease her, but her independence makes me happy.)

I won’t make this into a movie review, because invariably I’ll end up using words like “in-universe continuity” and “canon.” (My dad says I take fiction way too seriously.) I do want to say a few things about it, though.

A feature-length movie is bound to pad things out, as Horton Hears A Who and The Lorax do. The Grinch, like those movies, also treats its source material with respect. There are emotional moments, and despite the fact that I would have done some things a little differently, it still touched my heart. Overall, in our opinion — that is, Jessica, Namine, and myself — the new movie is well worth the price of its admission.