Not necessarily my first choice of film from what’s out at the cinema, but this was the agreed film choice, and Kermode liked it, so I thought I’d give it a try. Sadly, I felt one of the major cast members – Maggie Gyllenhaal – was miscast as the British mum: she still looked too young, and not flustered enough, and it threw me for a while before I could settle in and watch the rest.
It’s a solid, by-the-numbers kids film with a great emotional range, and the story arc is really well arranged for the target audience. We watched this film in a cinema with a range of young kids, and they lapped up all the content that I thought was a bit slow moving and tedious.
If you can get past a couple of words that you might not like your kids to say (all solid British words, though), then you might want to avoid, but in general, this is something that the small children in your life should enjoy.
Has anyone else seen it?