The Wind in the Willows Reviews
So I know I liked this when I was a kid. So have kids see this movie but I would see what you think if it is right for your kids because of some moments having it be parts like that are sad and nerve-racking
(Voice) Acting: 5/5-A fantastic voice-cast of British veterans: whilst Rik Mayall captures Toad's hilariously snobbish demeanour perfectly and Michael Gambon brings gruff tones to Badger, Alan Bennett and Michael Palin alternate between serious and light-hearted vocals to perfectly portray the gentler characters of Mole and Rat. Vanessa Redgrave provides a warm narration from the book, along with the other live-action child actors who interact with generally realistic conversation.
Screenplay/Directing: 4.5/5-Adapting Kenneth Grahame's novel couldn't have been made better due to its generally strict faithfulness and flowing accuracy.
Script/Character Development: 4.5/5.-Again, the script follows the book very closely to capture its gently serious and often light-hearted nature. Characters are expertly portrayed, with the screenplay ensuring that each character receives good screen time and representation.
Animation: 4.5/5-Lush paintwork and wonderfully hand-crafted animation here show that great effort has been put into producing an adaptation of excellent technical quality.
Fantasy/Scares/Thrills: 4/5-Along with situating anthropomorphic animals to exist and react realistically within a human world, fantasy is achieved here through the use of mystical tales, fantasising and dreams that truly engage the charming fee of the book's atmosphere. Surprisingly, the film's scares and thrills come in build-ups to tense situations that play upon unknown fears and silence, from the claustrophobic feel of Mole getting lost in the Wild Wood to Toad jumping off of a train.
Humour/Drama: 4.5/5-The book's humour is embraced here with both charm and good character, mainly coming from the outlandish behaviour of Rik Mayall's Toad and other basic character exclamations/linguistics.
The film also does not let up on the book's sense of drama by capturing the emotions and thoughts of characters in particular situations: Mole breaking down in front of Rat over the idea of his old home not being returned to him , as well as Toad sobbing in prison through an impassioned speech on the failure of his life, both feel nicely performed.
Music: 4.5/5-Excellently fits the atmosphere in relation to the book by retaining a wonderfully old-fashioned and sweet-natured feel. The main theme music is particularly memorable, with a lovely arrangement of wood instruments and a crafted flowing of simultaneously sweet and somewhat hauntingly-beautiful notes.
Overall: 37.5/40 = 4.6875/5 = 4.5/5.
The animation is lazy. The backgrounds are just paintings, while the characters are unconvincingly superimposed on top, the movements are slow and jumpy, the animals look vicious, and their size varies drastically, as Toad grows from toad-sized to human-sized, depending on the scene.
Whoever adapted this has kept in all the poetic gibberish, which makes no sense on screen, is boring and confusing, but mainly boring and the plot is a mystery. The music is out of place and the characters are dislikeable and a bit creepy.
Badly made and very, very boring.