The Spiderwick Chronicles is a cute movie that I enjoyed watching with the kids. However, when they say that The Spiderwick Chronicles is rated PG, they should probably say PG-13. It wasn’t loaded up with trash talking teens and innuendo such as is common in many of today’s tween movies, but it has some pretty scary looking critters in it and some uncomfortable themes. I don’t think my ten-year old was looking forward to going to bed after watching the movie.
I recommend the movie to you as fun and creative. However, there are two regrets that I have about the movie; (1) I wish I had read the five-volume set of books before watching the movie, and (2) I think the creators of the film missed an opportunity to put together some really fantastic “good” creatures.
This doesn’t even get close to fantasy tales like The Lord of the Rings, or the Chronicles of Narnia. I’m not sure there is much you can take away from it other than a general theme about there being more going on than what we see (in other people’s lives and metaphysically). But, it is fun. Enjoy the movie, then come tell me what you think.