Posts Tagged ‘Freddie Highmore’

“The Spiderwick Chronicles”

April 2, 2008

The Spiderwick Chronicles

If I was a child, say around the age of 13, I would have absolutely without hindrance loved every second of The Spiderwick Chronicles. Some reviews have labeled it as scary and frightening, but what it really is, is exhilarating. I recalled my first experience watching Gremlins at the movie theatre. It was 1984, I was 6. I was frightened but enthralled. Since then films of fantasy and adventure have blazed a trail into my memory banks, from The Never Ending Story to The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. This means that very little is surprising anymore in the ways of children’s fantasy, or any fantasy at all, and most of it isn’t very inspired.

The Spiderwick Chronicles doesn’t tread upon new water, but it does tread upon old water with wit, thrills and surprising emotional depth. And I realized about half way through if you put aside the fact that you’ve seen much of it before and view it as if it’s your first fantasy movie ever it’s a story that’s easily enjoyed and that ends up finding some magic all of it’s own. Cynics beware, there’s no room for you at this movie. (more…)

“August Rush”: The best comedy of the year..what? It’s not a comedy…oh…

November 30, 2007

August Rush

Before I begin, I want to give a warning to parents who intend on taking there children to see August Rush, especially if that child is a daughter. Make sure you explain to them that if you meet a young man, whose perhaps handsome, on a rooftop some starry night and one of the first things he tells you is he talks to the moon, to run the other way. The guy is probably crazy. And certainly don’t have what could be a one night stand on said rooftop for the sake of romanticism. Some moments are probably not worth getting caught up in, and there in lies the flaw of this goofy, senseless movie. It’s goofy…and senseless. If your kid is a boy, tell him to give it a try, tell him to say that he talks to toilet bowls, it would make just as much sense, and might actually work. As far as this movie is concerned.