We’ve just returned home from a blissful Greek holiday, where the only decision we had to make was what to eat, and whether to sit by the pool or go to the beach. I knew the come down would be tough going, but it’s hit us harder than anticipated.
After spending a few chilled days getting back to reality, I knew that we’d be in desperate need of an activity for Sunday. As luck would have it I’d already pre-arranged for us to go to the premier of the new Thomas the Tank Engine movie Thomas and the Great Race, at the fabulous Kings Cross Theatre in London.
Most children’s films are tales of friendship, and triumphing in the face of adversity, and this one is no exception. Chuck into the mix some fast train action, catchy songs being sung by the main characters, and some new faces, and you’ve got a very pleasant way to spend an hour. I don’t say that lightly, but it’s true. Rather than spoil the film and tell you all the details, I thought I’d share the main messages running through it.
Three life lessons I learnt by watching this film
Always believe in yourself. Thomas is desperate to join the cream of the crop at the Great Race train show, but keeps being told that he’s just a little engine, and isn’t good enough. He never gives up though, and after a whole lot of anticipation, guess who ends up at the show?
Be the best you. Regular readers will know that I’ve written a book on this very subject, and I was thrilled to actually hear the line ‘being the best me’ in the film. Thomas knows he isn’t perfect, but he tries his hardest, and really that’s all any of us can do.
Friendship is everything. Without his friends watching his back, and making sure he was okay, Thomas would have failed miserably in his quest for success. There are lots of examples in the film displaying why it’s good to have great friends and work as a team. I am constantly trying to drum into my children the importance of teamwork, but you know, it sinks in much easier when a talking train tells them the same thing though.
Thomas and the Great Race is showing in cinemas now, you can book your tickets here. Have a look at the trailer below to learn more about this lovely film, or visit the website. Big thanks to Mattel for inviting us to see the film, we had a great time!
**Disclosure: My family and I watched the film for free, and I was reimbursed our travel expenses. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Click here for my full disclosure policy.