Child’s Eye

12-year-old Tom O’Byrne gives his im­pres­sions of two cur­rent chil­dren’s films

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Film -

THE MOVIES The Spi­der­wick Chron­i­cles stars Fred­die High­more as twins Jared and Si­mon Grace, who get caught up in a fairy­tale world. The film opens to­day with a PG cert and is re­viewed on page 13 Hor­ton Hears A Who! stars Jim Car­rey as the voice of Hor­ton the ele­phant and Steve Carell as the Mayor of Whoville. The film is on gen­eral re­lease with a G cert. Read a critic’s sum­mary on page 18 The Spi­der­wick Chron­i­cles is a fan­tasy ad­ven­ture about a city fam­ily that moves into a coun­try house. One of the kids, Jared, is not happy with the move. While ex­plor­ing, Jared finds a se­cret book. Read­ing it, he dis­cov­ers that his great, great un­cle dis­cov­ered fairies and other mag­i­cal crea­tures. One of the crea­tures, a goblin called Mul­garath, wants to steal the book and kill the other fairies.

The Spi­der­wick Chron­i­cles is an ex­cit­ing movie with lots of ac­tion. I didn’t ex­pect it to have lots of killing but it did. The sto­ry­line was easy enough to fol­low and it kept you in­ter­ested. The an­i­ma­tion was great, es­pe­cially the gob­lins, which looked so dis­gust­ing. The bit I didn’t like was when Si­mon’s voice went a bit hoarse at the start.

All the char­ac­ters were played well. My favourite was Jared be­cause he was will­ing to do any­thing to pro­tect the book from the gob­lins. I would rec­om­mend this movie to kids from six to 12 be­cause some parts could be scary to kids younger than that. Hor­ton Hears A Who! is about a happy ele­phant called Hor­ton, who finds a flower with a speck of dust on it. There’s a tiny world inside the speck called Whoville. The mayor of Whoville talks to Hor­ton, and the lit­tle world is put in dan­ger when a kan­ga­roo sends a vul­ture named Vladi­cov to de­stroy it. Hor­ton has to face his fears as he tries to take Whoville to safety.

I en­joyed Hor­ton Hears a Who! be­cause it was so funny, the char­ac­ters were great and the voices were bril­liant. I would rec­om­mend it to fam­i­lies of young chil­dren be­cause the sto­ry­line is easy to fol­low and even, in some parts, the adults were laugh­ing as well as the chil­dren. At the screen­ing I was at, kids of all ages en­joyed the movie.

Hor­ton Hears A Who!

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