Nim not new but kids will love it
INDI Irwin makes her big screen-acting debut in Return to Nim’s Island, so it’s not surprising the movie is packed with lovable animals and a conservation message.
A sequel to 2008’s Nim’s Island, this one has the same good intentions, but looks and feels much different, thanks to a completely different cast, a budget drop from $37 million to $5 million and a rating change from PG to the even more child-friendly G.
Bindi takes over the reins from Abigail Breslin as young island-dweller Nim, while Jodie Foster has been cut from the story, and instead of Gerard Butler playing her dad, it’s Matthew Lillard (aka the guy who played Shaggy in Scooby-Doo).
With Bindi in the lead as Nim, the movie goes to great lengths to hammer home its educational environmentally friendly message. With the island under threat from developers and her dad away, Nim’s only hope it to prove that endangered species live there. To make matters worse, while searching for the creatures, Nim is sidetracked by the appearance of Edmund (Toby Wallace), who has accidentally led poachers into the paradise.
Return to Nim’s Island doesn’t really offer anything new when it comes to children’s movies, as Nim, Toby and their animal friends like Selkie the sea lion must help save the island and its inhabitants.
However, young kids are sure to love it thanks to Selkie, Bindi’s barely contained enthusiasm and the
Bindi Iriwin with Selkie the sea lion in Return to Nim’s Island. fun-looking ziplines and trails that wind their way into Nim’s house.
Bindi seems completely comfortable in front of the camera, but because she’s playing a character so similar to herself, you get the feeling you’re watching Bindi Irwin rather than Nim. If she continues acting, it would be interesting to see the teenager tackle something completely different.
Return to Nim’s Island is a clean, kiddie film for young nature-enthusiasts and adventurers this school holidays.