5 Children and It (2004)
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Its eccentric charms and light humor will most certainly win over anyone looking for a brisk family adventure.
Five posh First World War sprogs are despatched to Uncle Kenneth Branagh's Gothic pile in a Devon nook. It's a ghastly film
Audience Reviews for 5 Children and It
CAST: Kenneth Branagh, ZoŽ Wanamaker, Freddie Highmore, Eddie Izzard, Jonathan Bailey, Jessica Claridge, Poppy Rogers, Tara Fitzgerald, Alex Jennings, John Sessions, Norman Wisdom, Duncan Preston
DIRECTED BY: John Stephenson
SUMMARY: While their father is fighting on the front lines, five children find themselves bunking at their uncle's estate, where they befriend a fairy called It (voiced by the hilarious Eddie Izzard), who helps them uncover the mysteries of the large mansion in which they now live. This high-spirited tale finds It bringing joy, laughter and luck to the kids' lives, as the grown-ups contend with the painfully adult challenges of living in a time of war.
MY THOUGHTS: "This is a movie for the kids. My niece's and nephew liked it a lot, I on the other hand thought it was a bit boring. But it had it's moments of humor. Had a some what sad story, and had a good lesson about not being selfish. But still much more a film for the kids. Good cast, and a good young cast as well."
Pretty messy and engaging to watch and not half as interesting as the low budget TV versions. Disneyfying the look and story of the Psammead destroys much of the dynamic and nuance of Nesbit's books. Izzard's strange voice work does a lot to give the digital character character but the limitations of the cgi make things even flatter.
A fun family movie that lacks its depth and could have been a masterpiece. Nevertheless, it was entertaining no doubt
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