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Great acting, mediocre dialogue

Movie Review: "The Spiderwick Chronicles"

Movie Review: "The Spiderwick Chronicles"

February 19, 2008|By DARCY SHULL / Pulse Correspondent

When Jared, Simon, and Mallory Grace move into the decrepit Spiderwick Estate with their mother, they are less than thrilled.

Then, while exploring the house one night, Jared, the family troublemaker, finds a secret room where he unearths "Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide To The Fantastical World Around You," a book written by his great-great-uncle that describes the habits of mythical creatures.

There is a warning never to open the book, for fear that the coveted knowledge inside will cause a dismal outcome for the reader and those around him. But Jared disregards the note and learns the book's creatures are real, and some are far worse than dismal.

With Sarah Bolger as Mallory, Freddie Highmore as Jared and Simon, and David Strathairn as Arthur Spiderwick, the acting portion of the movie was great, not to mention the special effects, which were also phenomenal. But the dialogue was rather lacking creativity.

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The movie is rated G, but if I had children under 5, I probably wouldn't take them to see it, because a few parts made me jump, and they would probably frighten younger kids.

Overall, this movie gets two thumbs up.

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