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2.0 out of 5 stars Rarely can the film adaptation be as good as the book., 11 Feb. 2002
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This review is from: Tom's Midnight Garden [VHS] [2000] (VHS Tape)
Sadly, the younger actors speak as if they're reading from a script. This doesn't have to happen, look at ET and the film of The Secret Garden, for really spontaneous speaking. The boy playing Tom tries hard but is simply too old for the part. He refers to himself as a "little boy" who wants to "play" in the garden, but he has a deep voice, is just about as tall as the older actors, and looks a little strange skipping around the garden in his pyjamas. The score is rather intrusive too, swelling up when you want to concentrate on the words, like when Tom meets the Hatty as an old lady. I was bemused to see extra bits tagged onto the story featuring Tom as a man in a suit working in the big city, living in a quaint cottage with supportive wife and child. Not sure of the purpose of this.
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Initial post: 10 Oct 2009 22:05:11 BDT
Book Beaver says:
I agree - this seems to be a 'modern take' on the book but the original novel was perfection & the BBC series - especially the first one in the mid '70's which was a spirited attempt -but the film seems to miss the ethos, the atmosphere, the detail, the very essence of the book and is really a rather ordinary experience that would be worth 3* if an original film but is barely 2* because it is a poor pastiche of the book.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2010 18:54:05 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Mar 2010 19:05:05 GMT
I gave it 3 stars, but only because of the cinematography which is well done. I agree it could have well done without the added scenes which were never in the book, the story is foreshortened enough as it is.
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