Directed: Gabor Csupo
Starring: Josh Hutcherson, Anna ophia Robb
Based on the novel about two kids who find a magical kingdom and have adventures.
I never read the book and never even heard of it before the movie came out, so I can only review it from what I experienced while watching the movie. There is a pre-teen boy who feels like an outsider at home with his three other sisters and an outsider at school where the prominent bully is an eighth grade girl. A new girl shows up to school who looks like the cousin of Punky Brewster. She is a free spirit and the two oddballs bond.
The two kids are in that awkward age where they still have wild imaginations, but older kids and society wants them to wake up to real life issues. The two go off into the forest and imagine a magical kingdom after school each day. It’s their place to get away from reality and just be somewhere secret on their own.
Parts of it are pretty corny, but this is a kid’s movie so I just rolled along with some of the corny parts. Then about three-fourths of the way through the movie, everything comes to a halt due to a hugely sad event. It was so unexpected, but I think it made the movie better. It ends on a light note, but still had that sad undercurrent because nothing to be as happy as it was before after that event.