Movie Review: The Spiderwick Chronicles

May 02, 2008
Vijayendra Mohanty

Family moves into a spooky house, adventure follows. We have had these before. Spiderwick Chronicles doesn't depart from the formula and yet packs in over 100 minutes of solid watchable fantasy.

Let us quickly go over the setting. The movie features the twins - Jared and Simon Grace (they only look like each other), their elder sister Mallory (she carries swords on her), their constantly frazzled mom Helen, the ogre Mulgarath (with world domination on his mind), and more goblins than you can count. There are also sylphs, a troll, and a griffin in the picture.

Then there is someone called HOGSQUEAL!

Based on the book of the same name by Holly Black, The Spiderwick Chronicles tells the story of a young boy Jared Grace's struggles to keep Mulgarath from taking over the secrets of the fairykind. Secrets that Jared's great uncle Arthur Spiderwick recorded in his journal before sealing it shut and hiding it.

Director Mark Waters delivers a well done book-to-movie presentation. Freddie Highmore is brilliant as the Jared/Simon duo.

Clever, captivating, and well-paced; you will miss a lot if you miss The Spiderwick Chronicles (if you do miss it that is).

Vijayendra Mohanty thinks positive thoughts, reads good books, and writes a great blog (even if he says so himself).
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