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A Huge Adventure for the Whole Family.
After his grandfather disappears, a young boy sets out to save his family home from emerging real estate developers. Arthur learns that he must follow his grandfather's ancient clues to a vast treasure - and unlock the passageway to a spectacular new world filled with mysterious little people, so tiny they are considered invisible, and enlist their help.
But once in the magical land, Arthur must join swords with a beautiful princess and a reckless army of defenders to save the land from the evil wizard. It seems like an impossible task, but as he discovers along the way, sometimes the smallest heroes can make the biggest difference.
Including the voice talents of:
• Chazz Palminteri
• David Bowie
• Jason Bateman
• Jimmy Fallon
• Nathan Corddry
• Rob Corddry
• Robert De Niro
• Snoop Dogg
• Mia Farrow
• Freddie Highmore
I'll be honest. I went to see this at the theatres when it came out, simply because David Bowie voiced a character. I wasn't all that worried about whether the story would be good. I knew it was a kid's movie, and at the time I didn't have a kid (in fact I was pregnant with Miss almost 5 when it came out).
As someone with no expectations, I came away pleasantly surprised. The story was fun and adventurous. There was the right mix of friendship, triumphs and baddies to give it some excitement. There were a few bits in there for the mums and dads (and Bowie fans). Plus there were some seriously big names voicing characters.
In some ways the story kinda reminded me of the movie Ants. Just the whole princess thing I guess. But overall it was pretty entertaining. I havent purchased it on DVD yet, but I see myself doing so once Miss almost 5 is a bit older.
As far as family movies go, I think this is one of those movies that really only appeals to younger families 10 and under. Arthur is a confident boy, who takes all sorts of unexpected surprises in his stride, and shows some amazing problem solving skills.
This movie was resonably fast paced, and very well animated, captivating and real enough that you became emersed in the movie.
A nice sense of family is promoted, with Arthur working to help his Grandfather, and subltly sending the message of how important family is.
I would recommend this one as one to watch!
Having read the book not long before seeing the movie, I already knew the story, but that didn't stop me getting captivated by this beautifully done tale of a young boy who sets out on an adventure in the effort to save his beloved Grandmother's home. With a brilliantly blended mixture of CGI and real time scenes, 'Arthur and the Invisibles' is filled with wonderful artwork, loyalty, plenty of adventurous spirit, and the hint of a love story as Arthur meets the lovely brave Princess Selenia. This movie is filled with many well known voice talents, such as Madonna, Robert De Niro, Mia Farrow, Snoop Dogg, and Harvey Keitel, amongst others, and is one that will be loved by kids of ANY age.
Although, as with any book and movie combo, there are parts from the book that are lacking in the movie, this was one occasion where, for once, no major sections of the book were left out in the movie version, but then this is probably due to the fact that Luc Besson both wrote the book and directed the movie. The end definitely leaves things open for a possible sequel, but could also just as happily leave things as they stand.
A very 'cute' and enjoyable movie, this is a good one to add to the collection if you have under 10s in your household, and one that the parents will probably find themselves quite happily getting distracted with.
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