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Film Review Part 2

The Spiderwick Chronicles
Really, really good film. I haven't read the books, so I can't comment on the adaptation. Since it's a long series, I think they combined a few, much like they did with A Series of Unfortunate Events. Freddie Highmore is very good as the twins, but I was so shocked at his voice: a) it's broken; b) he has an American accent for this film. I spent about ten minutes recovering from that. Well-developed storyline, tense moments, faeries are appropriately warty and weird, especially the hobgoblin, though the redcaps were a bit cute for my case. Loved the ogre, though. It was really weird to see David Straithairn in this, as the last time I saw him was in Good Night, And Good Luck! Very different role but I'll watch him in anything. The film really captured the nastiness of the faerie world, which doesn't happen too often in films, so I was pleased about that, and the final battle was great fun to watch.

Fun songs, likeable characters, a good plot, Christopher Walken dancing... what's not to love? I didn't know whether I was going to like John Travolta in the fat suit playing a woman but he was actually very appealing! Don't know what that says about him or me. Nikki Blondski was adorable. I hope she sticks around.

The Devil Wears Prada
Not amazing but good for passing an evening. I like Anne Hathaway and I really think Meryl Streep should do more comedy, because she's brilliant at it. I also quite liked Emily Blunt as the 1st Assistant. But I felt like the film pulled its punches a bit at the end, with Miranda helping Andy to get a job. I really don't think the Miranda we'd seen in the previous two hours would have done that. Also, wasn't Andy meant to be an exception to the rule? Why did her replacement look so lost? I know she was new but surely she'd have more of a clue.
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