Nim not new but kids will love it

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

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.

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