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Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens
Bad TV goes big screen.
There is no accounting for taste. Take Ben 10 for instance. This popular boys’ television series rehashes the same plot over and over again: a big, bad alien comes to destroy planet Earth.
A 10-year-old boy called Ben Tennyson turns into an even bigger and badder alien (thanks to an oversized watch called the Omnitrix) and, voila, saves the day.
And yet, my four-year-old son loves it.
Of course the creators are milking this cash cow for all it’s worth, hence the release of the new Ben 10 movie: Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens.
Since I couldn’t bring myself to watch it, I had to resort to looking at the DVD’s cover jacket.
It reads something along the lines of Ben encountering a big bad alien while on holiday. For a change, the alien, Mechmorph Warrior, is intent on destroying all aliens and not planet Earth. Huh, there’s a plot twist for you.
In all fairness I must add that my boy watched this movie over and over for about three weeks.
He even took the DVD to bed with him. In fact, he only stopped watching it once his grubby hands had rendered the DVD unplayable -– thank goodness for small mercies.
So if you have a boy who falls in the three to eight age group, you’ll make his month if you pass this one along. – Nettalie Viljoen