The film The Bellingas: House on Stilts is a hit on Netflix. The film by the Zwolle family vloggers, who moved to Raalte in 2021, has been at the top of the Dutch film list of the Netflix Top 10 for days. The film is not loved by everyone. “Really do not watch this,” reports Cinemagazine.
The film appeared on Netflix on January 4 and immediately took the lead in the list of best viewed films of the streaming service in the Netherlands. The family film is currently in 4th place.
Best vloggers of the year
In the film, the family vloggers are voted best vloggers of the year. While the parents celebrate with a weekend getaway, crooks manage to steal the winner’s cup from the family’s home. The kids put a stop to that.
While the movie is a hit on Netflix, reviews are mixed. The film received a relatively good score from the Dutch children’s newspaper Kidsweek, with 3.5 out of 5 stars. “While watching The Bellinga’s: House on stilts you spontaneously get a smile on your face anyway,” writes the newspaper, which then lists examples of jokes. “These jokes hide the fact that the Bellinga’s don’t always act very well and that the scenes with the crooks aren’t very exciting. But if you want an hour full of cheerfulness, the Bellinga’s are definitely the place to be.”
‘Home alone-like movie’
The film gets less praise on other film sites. On IMDB the film scores 2.2 out of 10 stars and on Moviemeter 1.3 out of 5 stars. The film can also count on few positive words on Gids.tv and the spectacle receives 1 star. Gids.tv calls it ‘a Home Alone-like film with nasty songs’. “If we want to see something new, we will be disappointed with the Bellinga family, because everything has been stolen from other films and the acting is sometimes cringeworthy,” the site reports.
‘Don’t watch this’
Cinemagazine is also critical and gives the film a rating of 0.5. “If you don’t have to review it, don’t watch it. And also try to stop your children from watching this rubbish.” The crew can count on nice words. “The set dressers, the lighting technicians, the make-up artists, the location scout, the drone operator, the costume designers and all those others: they tried to make the best of it and they deserve a compliment for that.”
Despite the mixed reviews, the film is loved by many people. That’s how it should be The Bellingas: House on Stilts among the ten nominees for ‘Favorite youth film’ at the Zapp Awards 2023 and the film was awarded a Golden Film Award in September, after 100,000 visitors saw the film in the cinema. On January 28, the family will hear whether they will go home with a Zapp Award.