By Julie Denice Griffin
Mulgarath Eye – Spider and worm and lizard and eighty years later…Lucy’s father Arthur Spiderwick abducted by fairies to protect the secrets of the make-believe universe, dissapears for a time too. Now a dumb waiter, a medal and mom’s keys and a very special key turn up as the wall’s knocked out. Jared who seems to get blamed for everything that goes wrong reads the book therefore that tells him not to read it, anyway. “Do not dare to read this book…You face a deadly consequence.”
The book, Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical – hidden through mimicry and magic – to lift the veil. Jared must garner the trust of the fairies to find his great uncle and bring him back from the fantastical realm. But the ogre assumes many forms. “So you must constantly be on guard.” “A brownie is living in the house and wants us to leave.” “A brownie turns into a bogger when it is angry – Malory finds her hair tied in knots to the bedpost of the old house they just moved to. Owned by her mother’s great uncle, the house looks just like he left the home before his departure to land’s yet unexplored.
“You don’t see us. Only if we want you to.” Will the circle be broken? As the book is cold- may you burn it? Then what? A secret in the house connected to the book helps the children find Lucy’s home. At the town sanitorium. Taken there when she claimed her father abducted by fairies, she still finds them all around her. She invites her fairies to lift their bonneted heads from the flower pots around her. Since the children already believe, the safety of the tiny lights of goodness find protection there.
Arthur Spiderwick’s head dwarf believes he failed his master. They hid the book with the fantastical fairy secrets safe below the folds of material. Jared hides in the chest overnight to read the secrets on the leaves of the dusty pages. Through imagination, all three of the children begin to discover the truth. Simon, nearly dragged away to fairyland as his uncle or protection escapes through the help of “the ring.” Magareth who takes any shape or form he wants uses the book to destroy families. Wanting full possession of the book to destroy all of the families in the earth, he releases Simon to find it.
A circle around the house holds a dimension that protects everyone in the house. Lucy lost her father when she went outside of the dimension in play once. When he rescued her the fairies took him away for the protection of their universe. His scientific discoveries and the journals he compiled for his research and the book, so extensive, contained it all. Yet the only person who can save the children now, is the father.
A big boned bird of prehistoric panorama flies the children to the land they want to see. The parody of the paradise and the one gabillion seeds – this land that the soul longs for until it ever finds it represents heaven’s paradise. Although the sprogs know no perception, Lucy while presently 86 1/2, her father’s real age 125, he is young here. The children grow sad hearing that the daughter spent her whole life alone without her father. Because of the book.
“If I’m as old as you say I am,” Great Uncle Spiderwick tells the children as they arrive, “Then I am no use out there!” Jared, convinced he’s trapped in the beautiful fairyland paradise forever thinks of his mother. Always angry with his mother and normally stubborn and beligerant, he now fills up with guilt. “The last thing I said to mom is ‘I hate you.'” He now knows the things of childhood better not to imagine except to understand and conquer the demons within.
The grand piano, symbolic of the destruction that happens when love rejected for a long period of time – does not bring the heart to a place of humble sorrow. The serpent comes to destroy, disguised as the father who has left his wife for another woman. The analogy of the fairytale helps the children to come to an acceptance of the situation. The two boys and the girl blame the mother for not having good communication skills. But once the adventure concludes and the house returns to normal, they all seem to come to an understanding. The ogre who loves birds saves the children from the serpent in the end. And Arthur Spiderwick’s daughter tells her father’s favorite knome what her father would say if he were there. “Job Well Done!”
A child finds that keeping a jar or two of spaghetti sauce under the bed helps a lot of things. Watch the movie to find out why.
The Spiderwick Chronicles, brought to you by Paradise Pictures, ““The Spiderwick Chronicles” is rated PG (Parental guidance suggested). It has some fairly intense scenes of goblin mayhem,” according to the New York Times movie review by A.O. Scott that came out at the initial release of the picture.
“Directed by Mark Waters; written by Karey Kirkpatrick, David Berenbaum and John Sayles, based on the books by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black; director of photography, Caleb Deschanel; edited by Michael Kahn; music by James Horner; production designer, James Bissell; special visual effects by Industrial Light & Magic; produced by Mark Canton, Larry Franco, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Mr. Kirkpatrick; released by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies. Running time: 1 hour 37 minutes.”
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