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Based on the classic novel by Elizabeth Goudge, The Little White Horse, which J.K. Rowling has called “my favorite childhood book.”
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When her father dies, Maria Merrywether (Dakota Blue Richards) discovers that his debts have left her penniless -- all she inherits is a storybook about the Moon Princess and her magical pearls.
She and her governess are sent to live with Sir Benjamin Merryweather (Ioan Gruffudd), her grumpy uncle who lives in a vast decaying mansion. But soon Maria begins to realize that something strange is afoot -- it turns out the story of the Moon Pearls is true, and a strange young woman named Loveday (Natascha McElhone) warns her of what will happen in just a few days.
And along the way, she discovers that the Merryweathers and the bandit clan called the De Noirs have been at war over the pearls for centuries. However, the only way that Maria can find the pearls is by enlisting the help of Robin De Noir (Augustus Prew) -- and if she doesn't succeed, the entire valley of Moonacre will be destroyed.
"The Secret of Moonacre" is loosely based on Elizabeth Goudge's classic fantasy novel "The Little White Horse," although they take some hefty liberties in the name of drama. However, it's still a lovely little movie with a distinctly British flavor, as well as a mixture of wide-eyed optimism and the usual stuff about pride, getting along, love overcoming all, and so on.Read more ›
I also want to sing comic songs on the graves of reviewers who think the imagery is taken from other movies. No, Elizabeth Goudge did it first.
I can understand changing the story a bit - but think things could have been tightened up to include some of the other storylines.
Why on earth make Rowlf black? Why does Robin have to be on the wrong side? Why do the villagers seem so mean - greeting Maria with "She's a witch!" instead of "Be you the one, dearie?" Why oh why didn't they manage to include Old Parson? I would have been a lot happier with Old Parson and the children of Silvery Dew along for the ride.
BUT.... visually, it's beautiful. I adore the costumes, impractical as they are for roaming in the forest! I enjoyed the whole 'look' of the movie. Elizabeth Goudge's descriptions of people are so detailed it seems a shame they didn't stick to that, but Maria and Miss Heliotrope are wonderful exceptions.
The interviews and 'extras' were enjoyable also.
Maria's bedroom was just as it should be and I can forgive a lot for that.
A filmed fairy tale based on the acclaimed novel "The Little White Horse", the story of a young girl recently orphaned is filled with joy, fright, heartbreak, laughter, love, hate and hope. Sent to live with her eccentric uncle at his very mysterious home of Moonacre Manor, a young Maria finds herself in a world of magic and myth. Discovering that an ancient family feud has kept Moonacre in danger for many a year, Maria also learns that she is the next moon princess and that she alone may be able to succeed where others before her have failed. From there, the story takes you on a journey that is captivating throughout as Maria attempts to save Moonacre from slipping into eternal darkness, something that must be accomplished before the 5000th moon rises, something she cannot quite accomplish alone. As I do not want to put any spoilers within this commentary, I will only tell you that the final scene of this film is simply upliftingly fantastic.
The Secret of Moonacre is perfectly suited for children. I would say for ages 8-15, more for girls than boys, but there are elements to the film that boys, too, will enjoy. The special effects are superb starting with Maria's bedroom which is located atop Moonacre Manor with a clear ceiling that lets her view the starry / dreamy nights while laying in her bed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Okay, it is a weird story, and a strangely surreal setting, but the exaggerated characters are fun and I think youngsters will enjoy it. Read morePublished 15 hours ago by PSBarger
We loved this movie! My friend's daughter is 11 and into fantasy and magic (Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and others) as are we 2 adults. We all really enjoyed this movie. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer