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Actors: Emma Watson, Eileen Atkins, Peter Bowles, Richard Griffiths, Gemma Jones
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Kids & Family
Dreams do come true? — Emma Watson (Hermione from Harry Potter) stars in Ballet Shoes, a heartwarming and uplifting film based on the beloved, best-selling novel by Noel Streatfeild and featuring an award-winning cast that ... more »
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Mary Elizabeth W. from TUSTIN, CA
Reviewed on 10/16/2009...
Absolutely LOVED IT!!! The movie was moving, emotional and full of life lessons. Ballet is close to my heart so I loved those parts. I am also a big fan of Emma Watson and she is just beautiful here! Also, I loved the role of Petrova and of course, I loved the little love story in the background. I'm not much of a critic, more of a praiser but I can tell you that you won't regret watching this movie. It is a beautiful film.
Michele M. from FORT MILL, SC
Reviewed on 9/5/2009...
This is a good movie where three girls are adopted by an elderly man who leaves them in the care of his great niece. This movie is set in the thirties so that the smoking that is in the movie is done by adults during a time that we didn't know how bad smoking was for our health.
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Superb family viewing....
Compusurge | New York City | 05/23/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"BALLET SHOES (starring Emma Watson... celebrated for her lead roles in the Harry Potter films...along with an all-star acclaimed ensemble cast) is absolutely wonderful. I personally am in love it. Targeting a very large and underserved audience which is best defined as "moms and their daughters", Ballet Shoes is a film about realizing ambitions; a film where its tag line `dreams do come true' is really the `spot on' underlying message of the film... and the storyline. I believe it is destined to be a huge success for it is a tale of inspiration indeed.
A big-budget Granada film production, originally for the BBC, Ballet Shoes is based on the literary classic penned by Noel Streatfeild that women especially are very familiar with as key reading material from their childhood. A costume drama with absolutely stunning cinematography, the film portrays 1930's London with a sense of dreamy realism. For those who recall the box office smash "You've Got Mail", the book is the one being sought after that Meg Ryan launches into a verbal expose about. Ms. Ryan was right on the money, as is this adaptation of the tale.
Ballet Shoes is the story of three orphan girls; Petrova, Posie and Pauline (Emma Watson) who are raised as sisters after being brought together by a rich, world traveler as babies. As they grow up, each girl develops a dream of their own. Pauline wants to be an actress; Petrova longs to be an aviator; Posie wishes to dance. Circumstances bring them together, and together they vow to go down in the history books. "We three Fossils vow...". This vow launches the three Fossil sisters on their voyage, a journey that they travel individually as well as together, one that can only serve to inspire any young girl who watches the film.
On a personal note, I watched this film with my 8 year old daughter and 6 year old son. While my son fought to pay attention (not surprising), my daughter was riveted throughout the film. The appearance of `Hermoine' as a teen brought her into focus early on, and then the tale itself kept her eyes and ears wide open. She's asked repeatedly to watch Ballet Shoes again, which of course she has. My son, of course, is back to watching `his thing', Spiderman, Superman and The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers...
Ballet Shoes, in a certain sense, is a long form faerie tale, and I recommend it with no reservations whatsoever as superb family viewing.
Ballet Shoes is excellent,and is one of my most favorite boo
Elliott | 08/06/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I give this five stars,because "Ballet Shoes" is one of my millions of favorite books,and i saw this film version on youtube,and thought it was excellent even though the quality wasn't all that good,but to know that it is coming on to dvd here in the states on September 2nd is very good news,and the bonus features seem excellent. I think the cast did a wonderful job as the characters,and Emma Watson shined as Pauline,and this is a very faithful wonderful adaptation of Ballet Shoes,and i recommend it to everyone,and i hope if you guys enjoy the movie that you will go read the book."
A beautiful television film from the BBC
Jeremy Manson | UK | 06/11/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Based on the much loved Noel Streatfield novel, this is a genuine 'for all the family' film, and most definitely appealing to young girls (and their moms).
A brilliant, fun and uplifting story, intelligent script, with terrific acting all round, gorgeous camera work, lovely sets costumes and music... what more could anyone ask for !"