Monday, 2 March 2009
The Secret Of Moonacre
I had a bit of time to spare, so as usual, I spend my free time down at the cinema. I like Fantasy, so Moonacre seemed to be the obvious choice to watch at the time... and by the time I had left the cinema, I think I'd have to say that this s the best stuff that has come out of the UK for a long time!
When 13 year old Maria Merryweather's father dies, leaving her orphaned and homeless, she is forced to leave her luxurious London life to go and live with Sir Benjamin, an eccentric uncle she didn't know she had, at the mysterious Moonacre Manor. Soon Maria finds herself in a crumbling moonlit world torn apart by the hatred of an ancient feud with the dark and sinister De Noir family. Maria discovers that she is the last Moon Princess and, guided by an unlikely mix of allies, she must overcome her family's pride in order to unearth the secrets of the past before the 5000th moon rises and Moonacre disappears into the sea forever.
Written by Monica Penders
Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Dakota Blue Richards, Tim Curry, Natascha McElhone, and Juliet Stevenson Directed by: Gabor Csupo
Great fantasy! Based purely on legend, yet quite easily related to! a few nice creatures too...
Storyline: 4 Stars
It's a nice story, simple is perfec for a fantasy movie!
Graphics: 4 Stars
Beautiful graphics, creating the desired effect... really lovely old house shown in the movie too!
Acting: 3 Stars
In my estimation Dakota Blue Richards is about the worst child actress ever, but I recon she's slightly more tolerable in this movie than she was in The Golden Compass... Ioan Gruffudd is superb as ever in this movie...
The remaining cast are all quite good and play their parts as good as can be expected!
Music: 3 Stars
The music is relatively good, though nothing outstanding...
Emotions: 5 Stars
This is the aspect in which this film realy excels, creating a set of morals which are used in the movie's favour in a few tear-jerking moments...
A lovely movie... smooth storytelling throughout, working to a beautiful climax... a certain recommend!