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.
Written July 10, 2009
I saw it with my 6 year old. We enjoyed it.
Written December 29, 2008
with the numerous GP-13 and R rated movies out, it was nice to find one the smaller kids could go to.
I Took my three boys, ages 8, 6, and 4 and my grandson age 2 and his father and mother) to see this movie yesterday. Everyone enjoyed it! It was a little slow to get started and the 2 yr was a bit figidity but eventually he got into the groove and watched the movie.
Honestly, I think the fairy tale was a bit lame, but the lessons to be learned were great and the three boys were able to pull those out and discuss them. Coincidently they were themes that we had spoken about earlier in the day..
I will buy the DVD when it comes out, I think it is a movie the boys will watch again.
Someone criticized the art form, actually I did nt see any problem with it all nor did the children. The Voices, especially that of Dustin Hoffman were wonderful. It is especially nice to see some of those well known actors taking part in family films.
Written December 23, 2008
I have a 10 year old, 9 year old, and 5 year old. Our whole family stayed with the movie and enjoyed it. We have read the book. Little change from original story. Bound to be a classic!
Written March 28, 2009
Obviously this film is aimed at the younger audience, and for them, I thought the film proved to be a quality effort. As an "oldster", who was accompanying one of that younger crowd, I found it somewhat difficult to "stay tuned" through the entire production. Get the DVD when it comes out, and save yourself the hassle of trying to find a parking spot at the mall.