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trailer break: ‘The Secret of Moonacre’

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Yet another film I’ve been noticing in adverts all over London — as with Franklyn, my eye is always drawn to anything that smacks of science fiction or fantasy.

This looks like a fairly standard children’s fantasy: the film may well be perfectly lovely, but it doesn’t seem terribly distinctive from many films we’ve seen lately. That, in the larger scheme of things, is not entirely a bad thing: It’s nice to see children’s fantasy enjoying a bit of a renaissance at the moment.

The cast will draw me in to see the film, though: Tim Curry, Juliet Stevenson, Ioan Gruffudd, Natascha McElhone. Awesome all. And Dakota Blue Richards was fantastic in The Golden Compass. Oo, and it’s from director Gabor Csupo, who made the lovely Bridge to Terabithia

The Secret of Moonacre opened in the U.K. on February 6; no U.S. release date has yet been announced.



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  • JoshDM

    Kinda tired of these seemingly-derivative “real world kid(s) travel(s) to fantasy world” flicks. Started with all that C.S. Lewis tripe. :)

  • Rykker

    Pan’s Labyrinth got it right, though.

  • Joanne

    The book from which this is taken (The Little White Horse, by Elizabeth Goudge) was one of my favourites when I was younger. I’m concerned about the title change because it suggests serious departure from the book, but the cast is promising.

  • bitchen frizzy

    You can hold out hope that the name change is just a consequence of the usual marketing paranoia of film producers.

    “White horse” is slang for cocaine.

    It’s also one of the symbols of doom in the Book of Revelation.

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