Wednesday, 1 April 2009

The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)

The Spiderwick Chronicles is a film based on the books of the same name. The story centers around Jared Grace who finds an magical book after he and his family movin into an old house in the middle of nowhere. Disregarding the warning Jared reads the book whitch causes something to happen. What exactly happens isnt fully explained however whatever it does it attracts alot of attention. Attention from some not so friendly magical creatures that want the the book to take over the world. The main antagonist, a rather ugly looking shapeshifer ogre called Mulgarath employs the help of Redcap, a cool looking pirate toad guy with toady henchmen to retreve the book for him. Much chaos ensumes. The overall feel to the film was quite compelling with a good script and camera work. Moreover the special effects were very well done and not a trace tacky. the only down point that i would like to point out is the acting of the main role. I think Freddie Highmore was not quite talented enough for the lead protaganist let alone a dual role, although this can be over looked due to the superb quality acting of Sarah Bolger and Mary-Louise Parker who plays a normal stressed out mother just as good as drug dealing stressed out mother on the whole though id say it was an enjoyable film with some unexpected gems.