The Secret of Moonacre (2008)
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as Maria Merryweather
as Coeur de Noir/Sir William de Noir
as Sir Benjamin Merryweather/Sir Wrolf Merryweather
as Miss Heliotrope
as Robin de Noir
as Loveday/Moon Princess
as Marmaduke Scarlet
Critic Reviews for The Secret of Moonacre
Richards starred in 2007's The Golden Compass and, compared with big-budget fantasies of that kind, this smaller effort can't help looking mimsy, despite its good intentions.
Audience Reviews for The Secret of Moonacre
Set in a time before cars. A sibling dies and leaves a book to a young girl. On to a family dispute which each thought the other had stolen. A little bit out there.
I loved the book when I was younger, in fact I still have it secreted away somewhere where I keep all my sentimental things. This is why I made a note of renting it. However, I was a shade disappointed. The costumes and sets are lovely (although I'm not keen on Maria's pink dress as from behind it looks as if she's unwittingly exposing herself), but the plot is a lot more 'dramatic' (i.e contains more conflict and peril) and twee, and less engaging than I remember. The ending is quite effective though, which did save my opinion of it somewhat.
Despite the magical premise, incredible cast, stunning costumes, sets and landscape, this film failed to excite any interest in me whatsoever. There was nothing particularly wrong with it, but I think it was the lack of enthusiasm from the cast; if they weren't especially bothered, then why should we be?
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