The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)

David Strathairn, Freddie Highmore, Sarah Bolger, Mary-Louise Parker, Nick Nolte, Martin Short, Joan Plowright, Izabella Miko, Andrew McCarthy
Director: Mark Waters

U.S. Opening Date: February 15th, 2008


From the beloved best-selling series of books comes The Spiderwick Chronicles, a fantasy adventure.

When the three Grace children - troubled Jared; his bookish twin, Simon; and their sister, Mallory, a fencing jock - move to the ancient Spiderwick mansion, they are at first none-too-enchanted by the rundown Victorian ... until they discover a Brownie, an enchanted creature, living in the walls. They soon find a book - Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You - that will open their eyes to the invisible, odd, and sometimes dangerous world of dragons and boggarts, phookas and fairies, sprites and goblins that is all around them. When they cross paths with Mulgarath, an ogre, they realize quickly that he will stop at nothing to get his hands on the Field Guide. Based on the bestselling series of books by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black.


The box office quest for the next Harry Potter or Chronicles of Narnia continues as yet another obscure set of children’s books are adapted for the screen with loads of special effects thrown in. One however suspects that Spiderwick Chronicles might just suffer the same fate as the somewhat similar, recent Dark is Rising movie and simply sink into obscurity. To confuse matters another movie with the word “chronicles” in them are also released next year (namely The Mutant Chronicles) and hey, except for Narnia since when did any movie with “chronicles” in the title do well? (We’re looking at you here, Chronicles of Riddick . . .)




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