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Tim T. (FireflyDaddy) from IRON CITY, TN Reviewed on 4/16/2012...
Also known as the Fairy King of Ar.
Sinc they were babies 13yr old Kyle and 9yr old Evie Preston (Jameson Baltes and Brittney Bomamn) have been told stories by their grandmother about battling giants who trapped the last of the world's fairies underground many thousands of years ago.
When their grandmother dies,Kyle and Evie inherit an old gold mine and a family house that the didn't even know existed.
Arriving at the house on the Isle of Man, the children quickly discover that the old lady's tales of fairies and fireflies weren't stories after all and that if the fairies are not freed from the dangerous depths of the gloomy mine soon, they will be lost from the world forever.
As they struggle to open the mine, the children discover that their father, Rob Preston (Corbin Bernsen) is dieing of a terminal illness.
With increasing desperation, the children and their mother (Glynis Barber) work to free the fairies in the hope that they will be able to cure Rob with their fairy magic.
The physical and emotional struggle to open the mine, and free the fairies, mirrors the family's attempts to come to terms with Rob's illness.
Amazingly they are hampered by the hostility and prejudices of the local community, particularly from the old caretaker Ian (Malcolm McDowell).
The film is a story of prejudice, hope and perseverance, with the fairies and goblins created by stunning computer animation and effects that interact well with the live performances. It truly is a 'magical' fairy story for family audiences and will be loved by children of all ages.
That being said I would give this a PG rating. There is no real violence but hints of dark magic and bad dreams. These things do give it a bit of a fearful quality that might spook the younger children, but it is a truly one of a kind fairy tail that to some of us can only be called a Classic.
The acting is superbly done and the effects are believable. I see no reason why this film didn't really go somewhere.
THE FAIRY KING OF AR-VHS~RATED 'G'
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a tale about a family that moves to the Isle of Man. After meeting a grumpy old caretaker, they move in to their 'country-ish' cottage in the lush woods. The two children befriend a fairy, while their father finds information at the local library that informs him that there is a gold mine under the creek that runs through their property. The crochety old caretaker warns them that if they open up the closed mine "demons will be comin' to get yer." While they decide to open the mine anyway, their ailing father finds he has 3 months to live. The fairies, sensing his illness, heal him, and then there comes a dilemma: Are the beings in the mine goblins, (rogue fairies), or really a lost breed of the wee folk?This heartwarming tale really is a great movie. The makeup for the fairies is kind of 'theatrical' and the hairstyles resemble the 'beehive, but still, who wouldn't enjoy a fairy flick?"
A Good Family Movie Indeed
Wings | Ohio | 08/23/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"We just bought the movie 'The Fairy King of Ar'. It is an ok movie. I think it could have been better though. Allot better even. It starts out with a grandmother reading a book to her two grandchildren. The book is about a giant that wanted to marry the fairy king's daughter. They made a deal, but the king did not keep his side of the bargain. The giant gets pissed off and creates a big hole in the ground and grabs all the people of Ar and throws them down in the hole. The grandmother tells her grandchildren that they have to help the fairies escape. Then she dies and they inherit her house and land.
You can guess here what happens next. They move in after that and meet a cousin of the mother's, whom appears to be crazy and believes there are demons in the mine, that is in their yard. When actually the demons really are the fairies.
If you watch them movie closely you can catch all kinds of little mistakes or things that just don't make since. Like the person who wrote the story was in too big of a hurry and just threw it all together without a care. It has plenty of potential to be something better. Mind you, it is still a good movie. Just not the best.
I love the house in the movie and the yard. It was very magical. I also love the fact that there was a mural of Brian Froud's on one of the walls in the house. But the movie never focused on it. The fairies were computer animation. Which is fine and dandy but they were very poorly done. Even the fairies played by real humans could have had better make-up. And that Tombalina looked more like a boy than a girl fairy.
All in all I rate this movie three stars."
Perfect for the Younger Children
Susanna Duffy | Melbourne, Australia | 09/19/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A delightful little story with no violence, no horror, no frightening monsters. Just lots and lots of little fairies from the same species as Tinkerbell.
It's perfect for the younger children, warm-hearted, with medium pace, and no worries about nightmares later on. The villian is not so villianous, he shakes his fist at children, the family is loyal and loving and the fairy is friendly, but shy. Even the goblins are more bizarre than brutish.
Great for the under-nines
Too scary for kids!!!
J. Chien | San Francisco, CA | 07/25/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This movie was more like a horror film. An entire village is afraid that a family will excavate a mine that is haunted by goblins. The child characters have nightmares that the goblins get out and chase them down, only the nightmares turn out to be true. The twist ending which reveals the goblins are actually fairies tones the scariness down, but in my opinion, came far too late after scaring my daughter and me out of our wits! In the meantime, the father of the child characters comes down with a serious illness in which he coughs up blood and will die in a matter of months.
My daughter couldn't sleep the whole night after she watched it, so parents looking for feel-good entertainment for the family should beware. This isn't it."