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Monday, 15 November 2010

The Spiderwick Chronicles


Following their parents' (Mary-Louise Parker, Andrew McCarthy) split, Mallory (Sarah Bolger), Simon (Freddie Highmore) and Jared (also Highmore) move with their mother into their great-great-uncle Arthur Spiderwick's (David Strathairn) old country house by a magical forest. Roaming, Jared finds Arthur's old research journal and soon homicidal goblins are trying to get their hands on it for their blood-thirsty leader, ogre Mulgarath (Nick Nolte). To protect the book and their lives the siblings go on a dangerous, all-out investigation.

Visually this is a wonderful film. The goblins, fairies and ogres are beautiful in both design and creation, with intricate detail and colourful designs that are stunning to look at and clearly well thought out when created by the art department. The scenes on the griffin's back are also very well created, and you really feel like you are riding the creature, as the scenes are so intricate in flying motions, and the winged creature is made so majestic and beautiful in both design and flight. The film's major drawback, however, is the pacing of the screenplay. The events get the minimal amount of development, with it going from one event to the next with the bare minimum of substance and development, and connection that isn't well thought-out or developed. That comes from the fact that the screenwriters are adapting five books of 100 pages plus into 90 minutes of film, so it's easy to lose focus thanks to these quick transactions.

Freddie Highmore, Sarah Bolger, Martin Short, Nick Nolte, Mary-Louise Parker, David Strathairn, Joan Plowright, Seth Rogen, Andrew McCarthy, Jordy Bennatar.

Saturn nominations: Best Fantasy Film, Best Performance by a Younger Actor (Freddie Highmore).

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