Movie Review: The Secret Garden (2020)

The Secret Garden

Rated: PG

Staring: Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Dixie Egerickx

Summary:

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.

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12 thoughts on “Movie Review: The Secret Garden (2020)

  1. It sounds like they missed the point with this adaptation. How sad and what a missed opportunity. I love the 1993 version and the book is on my TBR for April or may 2021. I think I will watch this version before I read the book so I don’t get too upset.

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  2. I totally forgot about this, but I’d been looking forward to it! I do think the original book is a bit…weirder…than many people remember, with the emphasis on nature as magic and positive thinking, etc., so it’s not surprising to me they took it out. But I think you’re right that the healing is supposed to come at least partially from the characters’ work and effort, and taking that away to focus on perhaps more literal magic removes a large part of the actual story.

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  3. I started watching this and I couldn’t even finish it, it was so terrible. And the garden! Why does it look like a (bad CGI) magical fairyland? It’s supposed to be a nice, normal garden contained in some walls, but it looks like the characters have been transported to another world and they are walking for miles and there are buildings in there and everything? It was so weird.

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