Movie Review: Given the Movie

It’s 9:30 and my 6 year is still awake.  We drove back from a weekend summer getaway and he was so exhausted he slept for an hour and a half.  Of course, it was around dinner time so I had a feeling it was going to be rough to get him to sleep.  So, when the constant calls from the bedroom began, I decided I would just have him come out and watch a little TV.  We found the movie Given.  I didn’t really read the description, I just thought it was a surfing movie that he would find interesting.

Boy, was it so much more.  Narrated by 6 yr. old Given, the movie follows legendary surfers Aamion and Daize Goodwin (Given’s parents) from their island home of Kauai through 15 different countries in the quest for surf and to fulfill a calling handed down through generations.

There were so many things I liked about this move:

  1. It was such a different and fresh way of telling the story of family travel.  Having Given narrate the movie brought so much more innocence to the world of travel.  Often books and movies written by parents documenting their year around the world trips can have a “parental skew.”  This movie had me feeling of the sights and sounds as if I was the tender age of 6.  I was seeing everything from a child’s perspective.
  2. The photography was amazing.  The shots they took of the places they visited made me (and my kids) want to visit each one.
  3. He told his sister first thing the next morning.  That’s how I know it was good.  He was excited to finish watching the movie and watched it again with his sister the next morning.  They both talked about the movie for days.

This sense of excitement for travel and experiencing new things is what every travel movie should do for every viewer.  We will be talking about this movie for awhile and definitely recommend it to everyone.

We watched the movie on Netflix but if you aren’t a subscriber, you can download directly from their website.