The Secret of Moonacre
DVD Release Date: September 21, 2010
Run Time: 103 minutes
Available at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Secret-Moona...7095378&sr=8-1
After being orphaned, young Maria Merryweather leaves her luxurious home to live with her eccentric uncle at Moonacre Manor. There she discovers a magical world inhabited by outlandish characters and mythical beasts. Now, Maria must unearth the secrets of her past before the 5000th moon rises and Moonacre Manor disappears into the sea forever.
Teens' Rating: 8/10 Stars
One of the reasons, in my opinion, why so few people love the genre of fantasy is because they have a hard time immersing themselves into the film. Every time I watch a fantasy film I try to immerse myself as much as possible, so as to enjoy the experience as much as I can. If you don't take the film for what it is and instead try to nitpick at the details and the mechanics of the film, the experience is lost.
The Secret of Moonacre starts off like any other fantasy film, a child is orphaned through the death of her father. Maria experiences grief, but something begins to happen that gives hope and meaning to life again. Her father left her nothing except a strange book that tells of the magical power of the moon pearls. When Maria moves to Moonacre to live with her uncle (her father's brother), she learns that her family is caught up in the middle of a blood feud. She also learns that she is a princess and that she is the key to bringing peace back to Moonacre valley before it is destroyed. She must race against time to save the valley.
The story is beautifully told. It will bring laughter and will also tug at your heart-strings. Parts of the film are very powerful. It has romance, as well as being a bit goofy at times. The movie is reminiscent of the Princess Bride, Peter Pan, Inkheart, with bits of Romeo & Juliet thrown in. Yet it retains it's own unique blend and flavour. With the exception of Maria's father, death does not occur in this film (er, that's totally true, but you'll just have to watch it and see what I mean).
The script is quite good, though sometimes a bit redundant. There is a healthy dose of humor and it is well balanced with the rest of the film. The serious parts of the film are well-balanced as well. However, there are no thought-provoking parts to the film.
The musical score is excellent and I give it a 10/10 stars.
I saw some reviews where people were put off by the goofy clothing and over-dose of make-up on the actors. While this might be true and can sometimes distract the viewer, I think it adds to the unique flavor of the film, especially if you immerse yourself in the film.
This film is fit for everyone, especially for the young ones (7 and up). Some parts may be a little scary (for instance, a dog that looks a little bit like a were-wolf, but it's a friendly dog that extremely protective of Maria).
Overall, a very good film. A pleasurable treat and very charming. It'll leave you feeling very happy and warm inside. Nothing in it that will leave you thinking about it for days, but just something to enjoy a lot. Definitely rent it, and maybe buy it for Easter.