The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)

“Fly while you can, griffin! I swallowed an ogre whole. You could be next! ” Hogsqueal

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Dec 2017)

Brief Synopsis – Three children who move to a country estate with their mother discover a fantasy world filled with goblins and other creatures that wish to find a way of destroying our world.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have been avoiding for quite some time because I assumed that it would be too childish.

One of my sons, read the books that this is based on last year and even watched the movie when he finished reading them, but even that didn’t make me want to watch this.

For some reason, I decided this week to check it out and thoroughly enjoyed it so much more than I had expected.

I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and learning so much about everything that happens as they also found out the mysteries of the Spiderwick house.

The fact that this story layers the fantasy world on the real world is such an intriguing idea and helps keep things fascinating the whole way through.

Loved the way that the story is part adventure and part about how family dynamics work because it helps make the story feel more genuine and realistic that way.

The choice to use Martin Short and Seth Rogen as the voices of two prominent creatures of the fantasy world is great because they both are able to be humorous and authoritative at the same time.

The special effects are great and they use them in an extremely clever way in order to help make us believe that we are watching a story that has potential to seem to be real.

Bottom Line -Very interesting idea that works really well. Enjoyed getting to know the characters and finding out so many intriguing facts about the fantasy world that moves in conjunction with our own. The story is part adventure and part about family dynamics that help make things seem quite realistic and even plausible.  Short and Rogen are both hilarious and charming in their voice work.  The special effects are done in quite a clever way and help us believe the possibilities of stories like this one. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The facial features of the brownie, “Thimbletack”, bear an uncanny resemblance to those of Sir Laurence Olivier. This is most apparent in the scene where Aunt Lucinda (Joan Plowright, Olivier’s widow) calls him “my little guardian angel”. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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2 thoughts on “The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)

  1. Glad you finally decided to check it out. I read the books before the movie came out, and despite a lot of differences in plot, the film stayed true to the spirit of the books and I’d say turned out to be a great family film. It’s always nice when a movie’s better than you expect it to be, right?


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