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The Spiderwick Chronicles (Two-Disc Special Edition)
The Spiderwick Chronicles
Two-Disc Special Edition
Actors: Freddie Highmore, Sarah Bolger, David Strathairn, Mary-Louise Parker, Nick Nolte
Director: Mark Waters
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
PG     2008     1hr 36min

From the beloved best-selling series of books comes an extraordinary fantasy adventure revealing the unseen world that exists all around us. From the moment the Grace family moves into a secluded old house peculiar things ...  more »
     
     

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Actors: Freddie Highmore, Sarah Bolger, David Strathairn, Mary-Louise Parker, Nick Nolte
Director: Mark Waters
Creators: Cheryl A. Tkach, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, David Berenbaum, Holly Black, John Sayles, Karey Kirkpatrick, Tony DiTerlizzi
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Adventure, Science Fiction, Adapted from Books, Family Films, Fantasy
Studio: Paramount
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/24/2008
Original Release Date: 02/15/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 02/15/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 36min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 3
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Special Edition
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Member Movie Reviews

Jewl W. (wallja99) from CORDOVA, TN
Reviewed on 6/10/2011...
I am sorry to say I did not care for the movie after reading the books. They had Jared doing everything by himself. Using the dumb waiter, going to find Simon. He found the secret door after finding the secret room.

It was out of order and they did not stick to the story of the books what so ever.

I am still keeping it for my grandson and when I babysit other kids.

Movie Reviews

Fun fantasy flick
wiredweird | Earth, or somewhere nearby | 02/17/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The Grace family moves into an old family estate, long uninhabited - or so they think. In fact the house has an inhabitant. More to the point, the woods around the house have their own trolls and gnomes, unfriendly ones, who want something that's inside the house.

So starts this kids' fantasy, with a big element of "the grownups just don't get it." In this case, young Jared not only finds that thing that the invisible ouside beings want, he also perceives their threat first. A kid-empowerment fantasy ensues, with the grownups (including a teen sister in a half-grownup kind of role) finally catching on just barely in time.

If you want a bit of fantasy without overt violence (or not much), and with people keeping their clothes on, you came to the right place. There's a suitably scary buildup at the end, with some great CGI effects like those toad-like outside beings. Maybe it's not memorable, but it's fun anyway.

-- wiredweird, reviewing the theatrical release"
The Spiderwick Chronicles
Michael Zuffa | Racine, WI United States | 02/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Helen Grace (Parker) and her kids Mallory (Bolger) and twins Jared and Simon (both Highmore) are starting fresh after Helen's separation from the kids' father. They are moving into the Spiderwick Estate, a mansion that Helen inherited from her Aunt Lucinda (Plowwright). The estate has an interesting history though. 80 years ago, Arthur Spiderwick (Strathairn) wrote a "field guide" to the world around him. This guide includes all kinds of fantastical creatyres. By writing it, he unleashed some terrible forces and now an army of goblins is amassing. Led by the ogre Mulgrath (Nolte), they seek to take the book away from the protection of the house. The kids are all that stands between Mulgrath and world domination.

"The Spiderwick Chronicles" is a surprisingly well done movie. For a movie that covers five books, there isn't a feeling that much was lost in the translation. There is a lot of action that keeps the moving quickly. The child actors do a good job in the roles, especially Highmore in dual roles. The story is not complex, but is not simple either. Plus, it deals with serious issues like divorce, a topic that many kids will relate to. "The Spiderwick Chronicles" is an excellent move for kids from about 6-7 on up to adults. I highly recommend this film.
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Condensed, but creative eye-candy
Kevin J. Loria | New Orleans, LA USA | 02/18/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Condensing 5 books into one film can hurt storylines and make for lots of undeveloped characters. But the archetypes in Spiderwick are so familiar (like the abbreviated Potter movies) that it is less of a disadvantage than you would think. We, as objective movie viewers have to let go of the expectation for the Holy Grail of the perfect book-to-film translation and face that the mediums are apples and oranges. This is an easy task for me this time because I haven't read any of the Spiderwick series. But having said that, my children and I, enjoy the film. The look of the "world" created in the spirit of the books were originally stylized enough to make it a departure from the world of Hogwarts (which is no small accomplishment when you also have trolls and griffins.

Typical of the archetypes of the genre, you have the child-outsider of a broken (or bent) home who blunders into a magic world, along with quirky, sometimes ill-mannered, but ultimately well-meaning siblings and finally the single parent who doesn't believe a word-of it. The kid opens a book he shouldn't (like who would read a book that has "Do not open" on the cover, it should have read: don't open infested with Lice!" that would have kept `em out!) and then spends the film trying to make things right and bonding with his estranged family.

Production is pretty eye-candy using visual designers of the Henson school of creature making. John Horner (the not-Williams) composes a face paced soundtrack that matches the speed of the story and slows appropriately of the sappier moments of the movie. The cast is a watchable bunch of not-overly attractive kids, along with some voice cameos like Martin Short and Nick Nolte, not without distinction, plays the badie (physically sometimes) well enough.

We enjoyed the film and, if there isn't higher praise than this let me know, we were inspired to check-out the Spiderwick Chronicles book series at our local library to fill in all the plot holes.
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