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Movie Review: "The Spiderwick Chronicles"

Movie Review: "The Spiderwick Chronicles"

February 19, 2008|By RYAN BARRY / Pulse Correspondent

If you're looking for a family-oriented fantasy movie, "The Spiderwick Chronicles" is the one to see.

Jared, the main character (played by Freddie Highmore), is full of resentment, because his mother (Mary-Louise Parker) forces him to move away from his father. Jared's twin brother, Simon (also played by Freddie Highmore), is a brainy kid who is passive about the move, until strange occurrences happen in the old house. Their older sister, Mallory (Sarah Bolger), is bossy and overbearing, but becomes an ally in Jared's fight against the evil magical creatures.

The special effects are spectacular, making Arthur Spiderwick's fantastical world almost believable.

"The Spiderwick Chronicles" is adapted from a series of books. You can watch an interview with the authors about this process at bordersmedia.com. As with all books that are made into screenplays, many details were omitted. But the movie still captured the essence of the book series.

The movie mirrors some real-life family issues that are dealt with under unreal circumstances. There were sappy moments and a fairy-tale ending where good triumphs over evil, but, overall, "The Spiderwick Chronicles" is a good movie for all ages, especially younger audiences.

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