The Secret of Moonacre
Recommended for ages 12 and over
Theatrical Release: 3/2/2009
Video Release: 9/21/2010
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe
Writer: Lucy Shuttleworth - screenplay; Graham Alborough
Director: Gabor Csupo
Runtime: 103 min.
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Starring: Dakota Blue Richards; Juliet Stevenson; Tim Curry; Tamás Tóth; Augustus Prew; György Szathmári; Natascha McElhone; Loan Gruffudd
From Emmy® Award winning director Gabor Csupo (Bridge to Terabithia, Creator of "Rugrats" and "The Wild Thornberrys") comes a magical journey based on Elizabeth Goudge's Carnegie-Medal winning novel "The Little White Horse". After being orphaned, young Marie Merryweather leaves her luxurious home to live with her eccentric uncle at Moonacre Manor. There, she discovers a magical world inhabited by outlandish characters and mythical beast. Now, Maria must unearth the secrets of her past before the 5000th moon rises and Moonacre Manor disappears into the sea forever!
This is a charming film about a young girl that finds out that her family comes from a magical mystery land where she is the moon princess. As the Moon Princess, only she can break the curse of the land but to do so she must unravel the secrets to find the magical pearls or that land will be doomed.
With the mythical creatures such as the unicorn to lead her and a black lion to help protect her, she finds that greed and pride are the real cause of the curse in this land. This is a wonderful family movie that will entertain in the same fashion as "The Bridge to Terabithia" with lessons about greed, pride and sacrifice. We are proud to award this film the Dove "Family-Approved" 12+ Seal for ages 12 and older due to some scenes which may be frightening to younger children. This is a remarkable movie!
Sex: A couple kiss.
Language: Comment regarding house being damned; D-1
Violence: Men attack carriage; men attack young girl; dog attacks men; revenge; girl locked in dungeon; man wants girl killed.
Drugs: Man drinking; woman drinking; scene of drunken men.
Nudity: Girl in her bloomers.
Other: Woman burping; pearls having power to see the truth in man's heart; putting a curse on the land; greed and pride.