The Secret Garden (PG) ***

  • Page Views 232
  • Family Pride!

    Somewhat of a rarity these days are films made for children. Harder still is to discover one that is good. Able to bridge that gap and reach a high summit is Elevation Pictures with their release of the new film The Secret Garden. Young and old should enjoy the fantasy by simply dialing up your local cable company or internet carrier.
    Not all people are created equal. Like it or not this truism also applies to film companies. Relatively new studio STX films deserve lots of credit for taking a chance on trying to enter the uncertain realm of children’s entertainment. Under the wise guidance of visionary producer Bob Simonds, The Secret Garden succeeds in bringing an imaginative creative story to the screen at a time when a little feel good fare is much needed and welcomed.
    Casting means everything to the success of a movie and this fact can’t be disputed. Here the victim/heroine of the piece is young Mary Lennox. At the ripe old age of ten Dixie Egerickx captures your soul as a spoiled child trapped in India during the ill-fated partition of mysterious India under current British rule.  Left to her own devices the young lass is uprooted to rural England and left in the custody of her wealthy uncle. Here the movie kicks into high gear
    Trappings of success can lead to just that: being trapped. Consider it a battle of the minds as Uncle Archibald Craven just seems a fixing for a fight with his new house guest, Oscar winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) lays down the law to his latest visitor which only seems to make matters worse, as would be expected. Told not to break any of the house rules it doesn’t take long for our Miss Columbo in training to discover all sorts of secrets and family skeletons in this haunted Shanghai-la.
    Let the clouds clear as one day while exploring the great outdoors Our determined girl finds passage to a hidden garden which opens up all sorts of strange doors. Meanwhile back at her new home away from home a further wrench is thrown into the proceedings as a kept boy surfaces which further adds to all the mystery and family baggage that seems to run through everything at  Misselthwaite Manor in Yorkshire, England.
    Full of substance, hope and Inspiration The Secret Garden has all those fantasy elements and special qualities that will appeal to children, though it’s not all fun and laughs and does have a few serious moments . Love of family is at the heart of this tale as well as the ability to overcome adversity. For it all to work you have to buy into the plight of Mary and actress Dixie Egerickx pulls it off without missing a beat. And that great estate is as eerie and ostentatious as can be.
    With a good back-up cast fit for any Masterpiece Theatre saga Including Julie Walters ( Educating Rita) and an atmosphere befitting those classic Robin Leach Lifestyles of  the Rich and Famous guilty pleasure epics director Marc Munden hits all the right notes.
    For more film reviews please go to and subscribe to my new YouTube channel Robert Waldman The Movie World and check out my website https://moviereviewssite.com/

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 14 January 2021
      2 days ago No comment

      Philippines confirms first case of COVID variant

      The Department of Health (DoH) on Wednesday (January 13) confirmed that the COVID-19 variant first reported in the United Kingdom has reached the Philippines. The B117 variant was detected in a sample taken from a Filipino who arrived from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The male patient from Quezon ...

    • 08 January 2021
      1 week ago No comment

      Markus & Janella proud new parents to son Jude, no wedding bells yet

      Actor Markus Paterson shared his happiness now that he and his girlfriend Janella Salvador finally introduced their baby Jude to the public. Paterson opened up about their son on Wednesday in the online show “We Rise Together.” “Well ‘yung proseso? Well, alam naman na one day we are going ...

    • 07 January 2021
      1 week ago No comment

      Bea Alonzo claims 2021 will be a ‘spiritual year’ for her

      Actress Bea Alonzo on Sunday took to social media to share her realizations on life as she welcomes the new year. On Instagram, Alonzo said she hopes to emerge a better person in 2021. “Let the sunshine in. Last year brought so many changes in my life, and changes ...

    • 07 January 2021
      1 week ago No comment

      Santos to file ABS-CBN renewal bill in the House after Sotto filed in the Senate

      Reacting to a query from reporters, Deputy Speaker and Batangas Rep. Vilma Santos said she will revive the rejected ABS-CBN legislative franchise application in the House of Representatives before session resumes on January 18. Santos welcomed the move by Senate President Vicente Sotto III who filed a bill granting ...

    %d bloggers like this: