Sunday 24 August 2008

Film: Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)

I've wanted to see this film for a really long time but unfortunately Stephen wasn't the least bit interested in doing so.  He said it was too much of a children's movie!  Wow, you'd think we were both in our 30's or something!

These days it can be hard for a good children's fantasy film or story to succeed because inevitably they are compared to Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings or The Chronicles of Narnia.  I believe that the more original, imaginative stories the better as it enables children's imaginations to grow and it keeps magic in the world.

Spiderwick Chronicles is both inventive and fantastical and the visual effects were very good.  I thought Freddie Highmore did a great job of acting the parts of both Jared and Simon Grace and I believe he is an actor to watch in the future.  (You may remember he played Peter in Finding Neverland and Charlie in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). 

All in all, I really enjoyed this film and even jumped out of my skin once or twice and squealed.  I'd recommend this film to all lovers of children's fantasy and adventure stories.



  1. After reading the books I was really looking forward to seeing Spiderwick... Unfortunately it didn't live up to my expectations. Somehow the film lost the charm of the books :-(

  2. @ John: Really? I must read the book then. I really enjoyed this one.


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