Upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of fairies and other creatures.
My sister"s kids loved this, even if I didn"t. It is the story of a recently divorced woman, or rather her children, moving home. Her children are the teenaged Mallory and young twins Simon and Jared. Jared is quite an angry, adventurous and difficult child. One day, exploring his new home, Jared discovers a mysterious key and "Spiderwick"s Field Guide", a book about faeries. Despite a warning not to, he reads it. And then the special effect wizards are let loose and creatures start to enter the children"s lives. Griffins, ogres, goblins and faeries all feature. I think this, and the young protagonists" adventures are what enthralled my young niece and nephew. But it is also what disappointed me. The CGI seemed to tread old water, the Harry Potter franchise came to mind (though that was immensely popular, and is not necessarily a bad thing), and the children moving to new place and finding faeries there also reminded me of Pan"s Labyrinth - which is much more interesting from an adults perspective. However, I am perfectly aware that it is the children"s perspective that is relevant here, and they were charmed and scared, and made to laugh by Spiderwick"s different computer generations. Which is good. But I also thought one thing about this movie was great - the acting. Particularly of Freddie Highmore who plays both twin brother, managing to create two distinguishable characters. Not bad for a sixteen year old, and very much worth watching, especially if you have children.
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. There is an unseen world right outside your door... The Spiderwick Chronicles Upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, discover a guide to an alternate magical world in their great-uncle's dilapidated house. They soon find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of fairies and other creatures... Actors Sarah Bolger, Freddie Highmore, David Strathairn, Mary Louise Parker, Nick Nolte, Andrew McCarthy, Martin Short, Joan Plowright & Izabella Miko Director Mark Waters Certificate PG Year 2008 Screen Widescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic Languages English - Dolby Digital (5.1) Additional Languages Region Region 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.
Fantasy adventure based on the books by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black. From the moment twin brothers, Jared (Freddie Highmore) and Simon (also Highmore), move with their sister (Sarah Bolger) and mother (Mary-Louise Parker) into their great, great uncle Arthur Spiderwick's (David Strathairn) run-down old house, strange things begin to happen. Unable to explain the unusual disturbances that seem to be occurring on a daily basis, the family blames Jared. Determined to prove his innocence, Jared enlists the help of his siblings in investigating what's truly responsible for the strange goings-on. Pretty soon, they uncover the truth of the Spiderwick estate and the magical creatures that inhabit it.