Moomins On The Riviera

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Cinema -

Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

U | 77 min­utes Direc­tor: Xavier Pi­card

This first

big- screen adap­ta­tion of Tove Jans­son’s comic strip makes the in­con­gru­ous move of tak­ing the Moomins out of their nat­u­ral el­e­ment of Moom­in­val­ley and plac­ing them into a whole new en­vi­ron­ment: the French sea­side re­sort.

While its look evoca­tively cap­tures the feel of Jans­son’s orig­i­nal art­work, this Finnish/ French co- pro­duc­tion’s an­i­ma­tion might ap­pear un­so­phis­ti­cated com­pared to the likes of Home.

How­ever, it’s the over- sim­plis­tic sto­ry­line that re­ally lets it down. Much of the hu­mour has ei­ther been lost in trans­la­tion or be­come ex­tremely dated, with the Moomins’ naive hippo- out- ofwa­ter an­tics quickly wear­ing thin. Best suited to the very young. Stephen Jewell This month, three movies bit holes in the SFX re­views net and wrig­gled through. Hey, don’t blame us, blame those slacker movie mak­ers and their late- ar­riv­ing prints! The re­make of Poltergeist will be in cine­mas by the time you read this: if it hasn’t al­ready sucked you in­side the screen, head to http:// bit. ly/ sfxre­views to find a re­view. Out on 5 June: Blum­house hor­ror In­sid­i­ous Chap­ter 3. Di­rected by the writer of the first two films, it’s a pre­quel set be­fore the haunt­ing of the Lam­bert fam­ily. Fi­nally, Juras­sic World’s theme park opens for busi­ness on 11 June, with its cen­tral at­trac­tion a spe­cially- bred hy­brid di­nosaur. What could pos­si­bly go wrong?

Ri­fles at the ready in Juras­sic World.

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