A mother and her three children move into an old family home that is soon revealed to be filled with magic, ogres, fairies, goblins and griffins. Only the long-hidden field guide of their relative Arthur Spiderwick may hold the clues to saving not only the world of the fantastic but the family as well.
Based on the best-selling series of books, The Spiderwick Chronicles is a magical fantasy film that takes on a darker tone than similar family fare. While some of the scenes are no doubt too intense for smaller children, older kids will find a lot to love here, as will their parents. It’s a fun adventure that reminded me of some of the great fantasy films that I grew up with like The Neverending Story, Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal. The special effects are not the best I’ve seen, but they are pretty impressive and the acting is also solid.
The Spiderwick Chronicles boasts great picture and audio quality and an impressive collection of special features that should delight fans. Included are 4 featurettes (totaling about 40 min), Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide Feature (available as a stand-alone feature and an in-movie feature), 4 deleted scenes (8 min), 2 theatrical trailers (5 min), and 9 Nickelodeon TV spots (5 min).
The movie will no doubt cast its spell on you with its magical world of enchanting characters and a nice selection of bonus features. Recommended for both families and fantasy fans of all ages.