Written December 29, 2008
We saw this with my son's class. It was fun being there with all those kids! They had read the book in school so then went to see the movie. It was cute. My 8 year old son loved it and said it was 'the best movie ever". I wouldn't go that far but I did enjoy it. People were saying it was dark, but from what my son tells me the book was darker. Sometimes that makes a good story. As long as there's a good lesson and a happy ending.
Written March 09, 2009
I'm still apologizing to my girls, ages 4 and 5 1/2 for taking them to this movie!! I like my children to laugh and get joy out of a movie, not cower in their seats at the theatre! I only wish my husband and I had left earlier (no arguments were heard from the girls either when we decided to!), we just thought perhaps we were finally through the worst of things but it was not getting any lighter. I'm usually not that harsh of a judge but I found this movie to be dark (as mentioned several times before), depressing, and violent. I'm not sure what age it would be appropriate for, but in my thoughts not under 7 and not a G rating. I'm hoping it had to have a very happy ending to make up for all the anxiety little kids are going to be put through to get there!
Written January 09, 2009
The Tale of Despereaux was a really nice movie and perfect to go see with the family. It was funny and kids will love it i like it and im twelve so up to that age i think it is a pretty good film. The little mouse was extremely awesome and kids will love him. Definetly worth seeing with the family.
Written January 12, 2009
My 11 yr old and I just went to see it in Rocky Mount, NC. I could barely stay awake and I really enjoy children's films. It just didn't flow and there were no funny parts at all. BORRRINNNNGGG! The smaller kids sitting up front kept running up and down the aisles and couldn't get into it obviously.
I only spend my $ for action movies or movies that you get the most out of on the big screen, so I was very disappointed. And to think I talked my son out of going to see Bedtime Stories for this.
Written December 21, 2008
I should say that as a movie that stands alone, Despereaux was a cute movie with a good message. As a parent who was rewarding her child for reading the wonderful book by taking her to see the movie version, I was overwhelmingly disappointed. The book was such a rich, dark, story...the movie a fluffy, happy version. I think "Inspired by the book" would be more fitting than "Based on the book," but then again, I had some huge expectations going in. My son, who hasn't read the book, loved the movie. So there you go.