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How wrong I was! I haven't watched this movie in probably five years, but I remember it's magic. It was just a great, simple movie. You could relate to Jay-he was the troublemaker, yet often felt ignored. Corey Sevier is one of those actors that you see everywhere but you can't quite put your finger on it--but he's great!
The highlights of this movie are simple scenes, really. Unlike most, there's no HUGE event that leads the movie. That said, it's a simple movie that even young kids can enjoy. Kids who's favorites movie list upon the Fast and the Furious, may not like it because it's not that kind of movie-but sensitive children are sure to love it!
A Concerned Christian Mom
It really is touching, and I thought it was well done all around.
HOWEVER, there is no way I'd give this a G rating. I was pretty regretful to have let my child watch this one, without skipping over parts. I don't think she caught the part where an old bootlegger is described as one who would shoot you and put your head up on a stick as a warning to others, but I am sure she did notice the dead body shown later in the film. It was unnecessarily gruesome, imo, panning slowly up the cold, pale hand, over the body, crushed by a tree, and focusing on the horrible, pale, dead face, with eyes open. I didn't say anything and I hope it won't haunt her. It probably will me though!
I'm learning the hard way that just because a movie is rated G, doesn't mean it is suitable for young kids. There was a lot to love about this movie and it provoked lots of good family discussion about unselfishness, love, forgiveness, and so on. There was also a lot of fighting and many scary moments, including a storm scene. The overall lessons are positive though, just beware of certain parts, if you have a young, or sensitive child
So you know where I'm coming from:
- I previously have read and watched "Where the Red Fern Grows" which was another book written by the author of this one. In that case, both movie attempts were notably worse than the book (esp. the Disney remake from a few years back)
- I watched this movie first before reading the book. I enjoyed the movie as a movie in its own right and thought: "Wow! If the movie is this good, the book must be STELLAR! So I ordered the book and read it and I felt "let down". By the time I was done with the book, I had already forgotten much of how the movie compared with the book, so I re-watched the movie within a day of finishing the book and am now writing this review after having just finished the movie again. My point is that both book and movie are very fresh in my mind right now as I write this review.
Now let's get down to business:
First, for the movie they changed things that really needed to be changed in order to bring it to a movie format - esp. for a movie made in modern times. So instead of 29 monkeys with 1 chimp as the leader (30 total) in the book, we get 4 chimps for the movie. Presumably they used chimps instead of monkeys because they are easier to train/work with for movies, so that doesn't bother me.
Instead of the boy wanting a pony and a gun really bad in the book, he only really wants the pony in the movie. A perfectly understandable decision for modern family movie-going audiences.Read more ›
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I can't give enough stars for the book. The movie however does not live up to the spirit of the story.Published 2 months ago by Patrick Prasch
Glad to have this in my collection finally. For some reason I was thinking this was put out by Disney but it appears to be put out by maybe a Christian film company as there were... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Loren Dunn
What an awful movie!! Nothing like the book. We read book just before watching and my family was extremely disappointed. They changed the storyline a bit. Not worth the purchase.Published 4 months ago by Lindsay
Very interesting good and sad movie ever along with Bambi !Published 10 months ago by Matthew Nadler