Staring: Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Dixie Egerickx
An orphaned girl discovers a magical garden hidden at her strict uncle’s estate.
I was so looking forward to this movie. The release flew under the radar of the dumpster fire that is 2020. The story and the 1993 movie are charming. Add in the fact that it features Colin Firth? Yes, please.
Somehow the story and feel deviates from the charm that won me over years ago. The biggest misstep of the movie is the heavy handed focus on the CGI. The ~magic~ of the garden is emphasized by CGI plants and flowers. It’s supposed to look magical but just feels cheesy.
One of the major themes of the story is healing. The healing is supposed to come from working on the garden. Mary, Dickon, & Colin work on the garden. The hard work they do by working on the garden is supposed to start the healing process. In this adaption, there’s none of the hard work. Therefore the ~healing~ just comes from no where and doesn’t feel earned.
It’s not a terrible adaption but for those who are diehard fans should pass.