Every Family Movie Night we present our boy with a number of viewing options, ranging from cartoons to live-action Disney fare to average, every day movies. And we show him trailers to help him make a decision.
This past weekend he chose 1985's Arnold Schwarzenegger action-classic Commando. Yes... Commando.
Now, before you issue my wife and I a Bad Parenting Award, keep in mind video games are far more violent these days. Sure, a lot of people die in Commando. Like A LOT of people! But it's all done in an over-the-top style that, when viewed today, is pretty damn silly. And the language? Well, trust me, kids hear and say worse on the school ground.
Commando is simply a lot of macho fun. My boy laughed at all the one liners and had a big, shit-eating grin on his face for most of the running time. He loved the explosions and humour, and marvelled at Schwarzenegger's antics. So did I, and I've only seen Commando like 200 times.
My wife had never seen it before, and she said she enjoyed it. Although she was knitting the whole time...
My boy is ready to make the leap to live-action adventure movies, and Commando was good introduction. It's a Good, and worth a revisit if it's been a while.