The Spiderwick Chronicles Reviews
When the Grace family moves into an old family house, strange things begin to happen. Things can be heard scurrying through the walls and noises can be heard outside, all that lead to the discovery of a book. When the young boy finds this book, he unknowingly unleashes an evil. It's up the three kids to discover the word living among them in order to protect the world they live in.
I remember watching this as a kid in the theaters and I actually remember being scared of it. I don't know why, as this movie wasn't meant to be scary, but I still remember enjoying it as a kid. 8 years later, re-watching this film, I didn't enjoy it as much, but I still had some fun with it.
Freddie Highmore was actually a great lead. In a movie like this, if your child actors aren't strong, the entire movie falls apart. Highmore managed to lead this film and actually put on a great performance. He brought the emotions and made himself a rootable protagonist. He's a conflicted kid learning to grow up and face the troubles life will give him. As he plays two characters in this movie, I actually found that to be the most impressive part. As for the rest of the cast, honestly, they all falter. Except for the voice actors, the rest of the human cast was mediocre at best. No one else really did that good of a job and if anything, they weren't good enough.
The animation in this movie is a hit and miss for me. I guess it's the fact that these children are interacting with these animated characters, but it just wasn't working for me. Yeah, the animation was good enough and kids will find it to be fun, but they start to look dated after a few years.
The screenplay was actually pretty solid. The story was this fun, imaginative ride, even if it did have a few bumps in the road. The sequence of events were nicely paced but there were some moments where it felt convenient or implausible. However, the dialogue was actually pretty good. The interaction between the characters and the actually script was well written and made up for some of the weak points in the story.
The movie does go a tad bit deeper into the story, specifically with the relationship between Jared and his Mother. I like that they added that little layer, even if kids won't really understand it. It's such a small part though that unless you're in a similar situation, you probably won't feel very attached to it.
In the end, this is a fun movie for kids and a fun, imaginative adventure overall. It's a solid flick and one that is well written and decently acted.