Here is yet another fantasy, fairy-tale film in which the audience is assured that there are worlds other than their own all around them, all they have to do is look closer. With such a fast growing genre of fantasy films being produced one after the other, "The Spiderwick Chronicles," I must say, was one of the most entertaining and comical one's so far. With many original characters, a rather refreshing plot, and great acting by all the actors involved, this film is worth seeing. Also, the animated characters voices with the help of Seth Rogan, Nick Nolte and Martin Short were top notch. Altogether, a fun, thrilling, original piece of work for all ages.
Director Mark Waters (Mean Girls, Just Like Heaven) returns with his latest film "The Spiderwick Chronicles." Jared Grace (Freddie Highmore), his twin brother Simon (also Highmore), their sister Mallory (Sarah Bolger), and their mother Helen (Mary-Louise Parker) -who is in the midst of a separation from her husband- all pack up and move into the run-down Spiderwick Estate, which they inherited from their great Uncle, Arthur Spiderwick. Simultaneously with their arrival to the Spiderwick Estate, many out of the ordinary, unexplainably bizarre occurrences begin to arise. Jared is the first to become familiar with these strange incidents, however, as odd-ball as they are, the rest of the family does not believe a single word Jared is trying to tell them. With some more snooping around, Jared finds a book, Arthur Spiderwick's guide, which is chalked up with illustrations and depictions of all the wonders that surround the house. But with this book, comes great danger and responsibility. After being aware of what is at stake, and then finally convincing his brother and sister of the surrounding alternate world, the three siblings must work together and do all they can to protect the book from the evil ogre Mulgarath (Nick Nolte).
Freddie Highmore, at just 16 years of age, is the real deal. Staying busy since his 2004 hit "Finding Neverland" -acting opposite the one and only Johnny Depp- Highmore has went on to star in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (also Depp), "A Good Year," "August Rush," "The Golden Compass," and now "The Spiderwick Chronicles." This young and growing star has a lot of potential in becoming the next big thing. Also, Mary-Louise Parker, star of my top 3 favorite show on television, "Weeds" is always a joy to see on the big screen.
Pat the Movie Critic gives "The Spiderwick Chronicles" ---- 3 Scoops.