to LOTR and Mr. Potter we consumers are being bombarded with the
fantasy genre. Film after film we are slowly becoming numbed to that
beautiful and creative world of fantasy.
Borrowing from Spielberg's classic family unit, our little broken
family is fatherless and feuding. The end of her rope mom is doing
everything she can to strike a new match. The older sister is helping
where she can just to become a mature help but her younger twin
brothers keep pulling her back down. The little limping little family
takes a life changing move into the country after their crazed Aunt
wills her abandoned house on the way to the loony house.
Jared is taking things the hardest and not taking it well when he is
blamed for all the weird things happening that begin happening within
the house. Mallory wakes up in the middle of the night with her hair
tied to her bed's head board. Things go missing. Something is crawling
through the walls and its definitely not a red squirrel.
Jared investigates discovering a secret room with a secret book.
Despite it's warning Jared breaks the seal and opens a whole new world
before his eyes. Thimbletack the creature within their walls warns him
of the things to come and the importance of the book never finding its
way into the hands of the evil ogre Mulgarath.
I'll hit on the things I like before the pumpkin smashing begins.
I liked the mouse like little man Thimbletack. His desperate nature and
urgent voice were amusing if not even cute. If made angry the little
booger goes Hulk and can only be appeased by feeding it bottles of
I like the way Mulgarath looks in ogre form. Nasty horns, lion like
hair, and nasty yellow eyes. His snake form almost provoked emotion and
his human form had some pretty intense moments especially nearing the
end. My favorite part of the whole movie is probably how Mulgarath
dies. I love it when a movie telegraphs a method of destruction with
subtle obvious storytelling then slamming it home making perfect sense.
This was probably the coolest part of the movie.
The acting was horrible. I couldn't believe how bad Freddie Highmore
was. There is no doubt he will follow the same path as Haley Joel
forever being remembered for their one amazing film.
My biggest disappointment hits home with Mary Louise Parker
. I loved
her in The Client, Red Dragon, and the new Jesse James. In Spiderwick
she fumbles through her emotions as if chasing marbles across a tile
Even Oscar contender David Strathaim
can't seem to find that natural
flow of emotion. He was probably one of the worst actors in the film
reading his lines as if they were scrolling through a teleprompter.
, Martin Short
, and Seth Rogen
hide behind there CG masks
virtually unnoticed. After films like Shrek or Ice Age I'll admit that
this is a step in the right direction. An animated character's actor
should become invisible behind the animation especially since the point
of acting is to become someone else and not just an Eddie Murphy donkey
or Queen Latifa elephant.
The movie ultimately offers nothing of true flavor or excitement.
There's just enough to keep you in your seat for the sake of the kid
you should be watching it with. The demise of the evil ogre is cool and
a few likable creatures but overall the true vehicle of the film runs
out of gas within the first mile.
Spiderwick is nothing more than a barnacle film feeding off the successful sharks of the genre.