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Two Fantasy Movies for The Family to Enjoy

A movie review of imaginative cinema with great plots which provide exciting challenges and adventures.

The Secret of Moonacre (2008)

Director: Gabor Csupo

Adventure/Family/Fantasy/Fantasy/Romance

Available online at http://www.movieonline.cc

Do we really need another English orphan movie complete with a nanny and an eccentric uncle? Yes! When the movie is Moonacre!  After the unexpected starts, the surprising events and characters continue throughout the movie.

The movie is based on the book, “The Little White Horse” by Elizabeth Goudge which has been for young girls the match of Middle Earth for young boys.  J. K. Rowling has said, “The Little White Horse was my favorite childhood book, I absolutely adored it, it had a cracking plot. It was scary and romantic in parts and had a feisty heroine.”

Dakota Blue Richards (born 1994 in England) plays the heroine, Maria Merryweather, who has a strong will and certain ideas about right and wrong.  It’s good that Maria is so well centered because her caring nanny, Miss Heliotrope (played by Juliet Stevenson) is a bit flighty but great fun.

Maria’s father dies and Maria is sent to live with her uncle at Moonacre, a mysterious place with little life at first, seeming like a nice big clean mansion with a wonderfully romantic room at the top of the steps which is just right for Maria.  The room is so special that every morning when Maria wakes up she finds cookies and milk magically by the side of her bed.

Maria takes it upon herself to read a book about her family that she has been forbidden to read. After she meets her mentor, a tall and lovely young woman living a bit strangely in the woods, Maria starts to form strong ideas on how to meet the challenges her adventure has offered.

The Fall (2006)

Director: Tarsem Singh

Adventure/Drama/Fantasy

Available online at http://www.movieonline.cc

Here is a very imaginative movie which is totally engaging.  We meet a handsome young stuntman, Roy Walker, in a hospital where he befriends a precocious little girl, Alexandria, recuperating there from a broken arm.

The decade is the 1920s so we have a chance to see some of the making of a cowboy movie with stunts from ninety years ago.  A restless Alexandria chats with other patients and finally is caught up in the thrilling tall tales told by her new friend. Catinca Untaro is incredible as Alexandria; was born in 1997 in Bucharest, Romania.  Lee Grinner Pace born 1979 in Oklahoma plays her charming but troubled storyteller.

The stuntman wraps five stories into the foundation story centered in the hospital, with some scenes from the cowboy film Roy had been working on when his accident occurred.

Roy tells Alexandria the unique adventures of five mythical heroes starting with Alexander the Great, Alexandria’s namesake.  Reality rolls seamlessly into fantasy until finally the drama of reality takes over the momentum as our hero finally transforms into a mature adult with the help of his bright and caring friend, Alexandria.

The costumes and locations of the adventures are striking in color and design, The Fall is unique and beautiful both visually and in sensitivity.

I say, “Here are two movies not to be missed.” 

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  1. Posted January 22, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Sounds like 2 great family movies! thanks for sharing, we are always looking for something new to watch! :)

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