Horton Hears a Spiderwick Chronicle

I saw two movies this weekend that got slagged by the critics, but I enjoyed both more than what the critics claimed I would.

Horton Hears a Who

Horton Hears a WhoI have never ever seen a rubbish 3D animated movie. I’m talking full length 3D animated movie, because there’s plenty of rubbish 3D wannabe productions on TV.

But name the 3D Animated movie that has been on circuit, and I’ll show you a movie that I like. It’s the child in me, the artists in me, watching something that I wish I could do myself. And even if the plot, characters and story line is terrible, the animation usually is not. But these projects take upwards of 2 years, so often nothing is terrible and everything is just brilliant.

Horton Hears a Who didn’t get great reviews. Luke warm, they said, not a laugh a minute they said, the main characters can never meet, somebody said.

But I enjoyed Horton Hears a Who tremendously, and although you may think it’s a kiddies movie, it really isn’t. It has those subliminal references, the innuendos and the punch lines spoken too fast for kids (or those with bad English).

Of course, the fact the Jim Carrey voices, Horton, the main character, and that they managed to somehow capture Jim Carrey’s essence in that elephant, for me added substantially to the enjoyment of the whole movie. And it is from those guys who did Ice Age (spot the Scrat wannabe).

But the movie is colourful, well animated with attention to details, and it was way more entertaining than I had expected, thanks to the reviews it got.

Spiderwick Chronicles

Spiderwick ChroniclesThe reviews I read of this movie basically claimed that because of Harry Potter and the hordes of fantasy movies that followed it, it wasn’t all that. The magical creatures weren’t magical enough and the like.

Again I was pleasantly surprised by the entertainment value though, and although the start was a bit slow due to plenty of character development,the pace picked up eventually and it was a good movie to watch.

The plot, I have to say, is not all that original and I’m sure I’ve seen plenty of elements of this story in other movies (Never Ending Story perhaps?), but that didn’t take away from the enjoyment.

There were a few hair raising moments, I got a fright once or twice, I was amazed by special effects, and the climax really had a Whoohoo! moment in it that I was well impressed with. The very end of the movie had honey dripped all over it, which I felt was a little needles.

I’m not a move critic, but I know what I like. And I liked Horton Hears a Who and Spiderwick Chronicles.

1 Comment

  • patrick

    9 April 2008 at 14:32

    Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who is classic, i forgot how much that guy packed into such simple storylines… they didn't add much to the original story either except for the usual Jim Carreyisms.

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