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2000s, Drama - Family, Sourcery

The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)

Duration 1h 36m Rating (UK) PG
Source of story A book series of the same name by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
Writers/Script Karey Kirkpatrick, David Berenbaum, John Sayles
Additional Info I chose to count the visual effects people named on IMDb. There are more than 300 of them!
Director Mark Waters
Starring Freddie Highmore, Mary-Louise Parker, Nick Nolte, Sarah Bolger, Joan Plowright, David Strathairn, Seth Rogan, Martin Short, Ron Perlman
Elevator Pitch A divorcee from New York, with her three children move into an old house in the country, left to her by an aged aunt. Exploring the property the children find that their great uncle? had compiled a book about the fairies and fantastical beasts living around the estate, and that the house itself is protected by a magic circle. The children must protect the book from the goblins and monsters who would capture it and with it gain supremacy over the humans.
Content Once the children have discovered and read the book they are almost continuously fighting with the creatures in one way or another, or shouting at each other. They have some fairies on their side and their mother naturally does not believe them – until faced with the creatures. Nothing remotely offensive in the movie although small children might be frightened by some of the creatures.
A View This was said to have been a compilation of the whole series of books, and it shows, due to the excessive action and many types of fairies which appear at different times, becoming confusing in the end. And the children shout at each other too   much. It was quite well liked by the critics who generally considered it to be a watchable family film, and it is, particularly if you can now watch it for nothing.

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