5 Children And It 2004 NR CC

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Based on the Nesbit's novel, this magical story set in England at the turn of the century,finds 9-year-old Robert and his siblings sent to live in a rattling old mansion in the country.

Starring:
Freddie Highmore, Zoe Wanamaker
Runtime:
1 hour 29 minutes

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5 Children And It

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Genres Adventure, Kids & Family, Fantasy
Director John Stephenson
Starring Freddie Highmore, Zoe Wanamaker
Supporting actors Alex Jennings, Jonathan Bailey, Jessica Claridge, Poppy Rogers, Alec Muggleton, Zak Muggleton, Zoë Wanamaker, Kenneth Branagh, Alexander Pownall, Eddie Izzard, Georgio Serafini, John Sessions, Kim Fenton, Norman Wisdom, Duncan Preston
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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I found this movie to be thoroughly fun and entertaining.
Morgan McGrath
We have watched movies every Friday night for over 2 years (4 kids, current ages 9, 7,4 and 9 months), and this is one of the best ones by far.
Laura Correia
Basically I didn't like it and no I didn't read the book,I didn't know there was one.
Moonbaby345

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By M. Sellers on January 12, 2006
Format: DVD
I recommend this clean movie which kept us all entertained--ages 6 to 14 and Mom as well. We were so engrossed that we forgot to make popcorn!

First, a caveat: if you recently saw Narnia, you might think the movie is "copying"--two boys and two girls (and their toddler brother) are sent to an uncle's house in the country as their mother is a WW 1 nurse and their dad is a fighter pilot. There are similar issues (the older brother "in charge" and the younger brother not happy about it), but the stories aren't copies of one another and didn't intend to be! They are both just movies of really good children's books.

We are big fans of E. Nesbitt, and were a bit dubious about seeing this movie. As to staying true to the original novel, there are liberalities. However, there are a number of scenes which are similar and some which are just for the movie. The wise-cracking psammead (sand fairy) makes some amusing comments, but thankfully, none of his jokes (or anyone else's) descend into that crude humor which is so prevalent in children's movies today.

Yes, the acting is a bit weak; the kids seem to always have smiles on their faces for some reason. And the girls aren't developed very well as characters. And I never really enjoy talking puppets in my movies. But, with all that said, we still enjoyed the movie quite a bit!
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Jaina Solo on August 23, 2005
Format: DVD
What a disappointment! This dreadful little movie has practically nothing in common with the classic book of the same title by E. Nesbit. If you're a fan of children's literature and enjoy the wonderful tone and content of Five Children and It (the book) then find the other movie version of it, titled "The Sand Fairy." I believe it was done by the BBC. There is also a second, called "Return of the Sand Fairy."

Like everyone else, I loved Freddie Highmore in Finding Neverland (and as Charlie) and he's just as charming here, as Robert, the second oldest boy and the starring role in this version (Freddie gets top billing and Robert's part is much more central than in the book). It's not Freddie's fault that this script is a bad jumble of kid-movie cliches brought together by someone who obviously never read E. Nesbit's classic, or if they did, cared nothing for it. Nesbit is a wonderful children's writer, full of wit and magic. C.S. Lewis himself said he was inspired by Nesbit's work when he created his Narnia books. However, in this production, it's Lewis' classics that seem to lend most of the plot. The kids here are evacuated during the war (WWI in this case) and live with a "mad uncle" and his very odd son in a castle by the sea. It's as if they took several Lewis books, tried to add a Harry Potter feel, and then CGI'd a character (the sand fairy) for that modern flashiness. A few of the wishes from the actual story occur (wings, spending money) but the entire tone is one of "wacky adventure" as the kids run rampant and the sand fairy cracks jokes. Freddie has his touching moments, missing their father, which is supposed to lend a depth that this movie could never quite hold.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 3, 2007
Format: DVD
The four films in this 2-disc collection are:
1. The Neverending Story (1984) - A rather uneven childrens' movie. Parts of it are quite dark, and parts of it seem to be aiming to be a Muppet movie. The special effects were good for its time, but for some reason it has a very 80's feel to it although it is a fantasy film.
2. The Witches (1990) - I believe that this was Jim Henson's last film before his untimely death. A boy overhears a group of witches scheming, and when he is discovered they turn him into a mouse. He then has to save the day while still in the form of a mouse.
3. The Secret Garden (1993) - A young girl's parents are killed in an earthquake and she is sent to live with her uncle who is still mourning the death of his wife after ten years. There she finds an overrun garden that was her aunt's, a sickly cousin that has been told to stay indoors at all times, and a servant boy who becomes her close friend. She and her new friend work to unravel a mystery about her uncle's estate and her new home.
4. Five Children & It (2004) - The newest film in the bunch is probably the weakest. It's not terrible, it's just not very interesting.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Cooke on August 14, 2005
Format: DVD
Finally, a movie about goodnes, loyalty, faith, hope, and love. And one in which the parents aren't made out to be bufoons...especially the dad. And the mom/wife loves and respects the dad, and this is reflected in their children's relationship with their father. All thumbs up!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lucy on June 5, 2008
Format: DVD
I bought this book for my children in the 1980s as they became old enough to read. I read it back then and found it pleasant. In April/May 2008 I re-read it after noticing E. Nesbit was honored in the pages of one of my favorite books, Half Magic. My youngest daughter, as an 8 year old, read Five Children and It and told me she pretty much loved it until she saw this movie a year later, May 2008. Then she said she loved the movie more. Good for her. She isn't wrapped up in "rules" as I am.

The movie was shockingly different from the book, and I found myself endlessly comparing it to the book and being frustrated. I could've enjoyed the movie a lot if I had relaxed.

Did the movie include as much as 2 percent from E. Nesbit's book? Does anyone know? There was nothing about a war in the book. There was no train, tramp with suitcases, mansion, relatives, forbidden room, beach, and no enormous shell containing the sand fairy who tried running away.

The sand fairy's appearance, character and words were all dramatically different. He was endearing in the book. I missed his wisdom and vulnerability. You know how important it was that Gollum in Tolkien's books be done well for the movies? I feel like that about E. Nesbit's sand fairy. The movie sand fairy was lively and sarcastic and funny but he wasn't the book sand fairy.

The book had no crazy chore list, no clones, no broken vase, no testdrive of a car, no Germans, no ice cream man.

Everything having to do with wings in the movie differed from the book. In the book, the children agreed on wings and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. It was supremely glorious day. No problems until they got hungry and fell asleep.
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