I feel like, I am only admitting that I haven’t seen something or only got to know it recently. Well, I know that there are the Peanuts, I knew it before watching the film, but to be 100% honest: I don’t think I have seen more than 10 of the comic strips and I don’t even wanna talk about the films or tv specials.
So, I went in there blank…except the Wikipedia entry I read before (to have at least some sort of knowledge). If going in not knowing it well was good or not I cannot say, I obviously don’t have anyone to compare to. But I think I still managed to catch, what they tried to do.
Based on a comic strip daily by Charles M. Schulz which was published in 2.600 different newspapers around the world, and originally called „Lil‘ Folks“, the Peanuts are likely one of the most recognisable comic characters out there. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy and Co. have danced across newspaper readers eyes from the 1950s to 2000 when Schulz died. They have experienced important historic events and with Schulz being ahead of his time, even addresses issues such as race and gender equality early. I mean who would have had girls play in a baseball team in the 50s and 60s?
I went in the movie not having any expectations. Actually I expected nothing at all, because the trailer just didn’t speak to me. But I was pleasantly surprised, when I sat during the 90 minute film and got to know them. It was interesting to see how the creators took old stories from the comic strips (readers will recognise them easily) and spun them to a cute story featuring both Charlie Brown and Snoopy.
A new girl is in town and the ever so clumsy Charlie Brown falls for her. That talking to her is the most difficult thing EVER ist obvious even though Snoopy tries his best at helping the little boy in the yellow black shirt.
Cute and all the film sometimes lacked story. You could feel the piecing together of different storylines which made the in-betweens feel a little draggy and boring. Still, the film had some really funny bits in and if often felt like iconic scenes were shown. At the end it even got emotional, but I am oversensitive to the teary bits ^^. While the film is out in the States (and so many other parts of the world) already it will reach the UK on December 21st and Austria only on December 24th. But if you are looking to go to the movies on the 24th „The Peanuts“ definitely should be on your list. The message of love, honesty and the occasional believing in yourself suits no time better than Christmas.
I hope Mr. Schulz would approve.
Thanks for Reading.