Firstly, I realize this movie is supposed to be a childrens movie. I watched it with my little brother who’s 8….and usually I like kids movies but this one leaves a LOT to be desired. I didnt like it one tiny bit.
Basically it’s about a boy who’s supposed to go on a quest to find his grandfather and his rubies in a secret land of invisible people to save his grandparents house. Yep.
The first thing that irked me was the tap. The kid makes an irrigation system and it shows him with the dog watching it work. However, he’s suddenly called away and runs inside with no hint of the tap being turned off. I’m sitting there waiting for a massive flood, green people to start a picket-line, him to be grounded for life, anything to happen, but guess what happens?
I sat there for 10 minutes waiting for something to happen or him to get into trouble but it’s like it was forgotten. Then there’s “running water” sounds in the night and the boy says “I thought you were in the shower” and I’m SURE something will happen with this tap, but nothing does. It’s magically turned off or what ever.
Let me repeat that. It is MAGICALLY turned off. While you werent looking. But no one bothers to tell you!!
Anyway the kid gets to the land of the invisible people and it’s all downhill from there. He pulls a magical sword from a stone (didnt see that coming!) and goes on a quest with the princess and her brother (which was also unexpected). He likes the princess (another surprise) and there’s a whole pseudo romance going on there (which no one else saw coming either), but it’s only about looks so we can teach our kids what love’s really about. Sorry am I bitter? This movie just pressed all the wrong buttons.
Overall, the film feels like it’s too fast paced. It’s not the usual fast paced like Date Night, it’s fast paced like it’s got segments cut out and it’s been roughly put back together….and then the end just happens. It’s like BAM END! THANKS VERY MUCH BYE. You’ve got no time to enjoy it (not that there’s anything to actually enjoy anyway).
All in all I hated it. I’ve no doubt the book was infinitely better. In hindsight, I should have watched the trailer first.
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Arthur is a spirited ten-year old whose parents are away looking for work, whose eccentric grandfather has been missing for several years, and who lives with his grandmother in a country house that, in two days, will be repossessed, torn down, and turned into a block of flats unless Arthur’s grandfather returns to sign some papers and pay off the family debt. Arthur discovers that the key to success lies in his own descent into the land of the Minimoys, creatures no larger than a tooth, whom his grandfather helped relocate to their garden. Somewhere among them is hidden a pile of rubies, too. Can Arthur be of stout heart and save the day? Romance beckons as well, and a villain lurks. Written by