Another cute fantasy flick with Tim Curry in one of the lead roles (he is so good playing these characters, evil sorcerers) was just what the doctor ordered on this lazy Sunday afternoon. Classical story of forbidden love, two rivaling families, magic and a young girl who’s supposed to sort out that mess. At first I taught that this is going to be another Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe/Narnia rip-off, but I was partially wrong. Directed by Gabor Csupo who’s previous movie Bridge to Terabithia was a success, The Secret of Moonacre is actually based on the novel The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge. So it’s strange to see cliches and plot twists that are obvious, but these things were compensated. Luckily, the atmosphere is pretty decent with excellent costumography and even better sets. Music was also great, bringing you back to your childhood and these stories that we all heard.

The Secret of Moonacre [2008] Movie Review Recommendation PosterMaria Merryweather is a young girl whose father just died. Homeless and without money, she’s forced to go to live with her eccentric uncle Sir Benjamin. When she finally gets to Moonacre Manor, she will realize that there are things that science simply cannot explain.

Decent story and good production values gave the movie that cool vibe, something to hang on. It has that intended-for-kids vibe going on, but The Secret of Moonacre still manages to deliver. Pacing is this movies biggest problem. It takes about half an hour for the story to really get going, so I suggest you use that time to analyze the sets that look majestic and almost magical. Acting was decent, with Tim Curry screaming for more space and Dakota (The Golden Compass) confidently leading. Charming and easygoing, this movie is perfect for those nights or days where you want to sail away into the fantasy world of your childhood, enjoy.

Director: Gabor Csupo

Cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Dakota Blue Richards, Tim Curry, Natascha McElhone

Fun Facts: The title was changed after the producers ran an Internet poll. The Secret of Moonacre was a more popular title then the book’s The Little White Horse.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0396707/

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