The Spiderwick Chronicles is a scary movie for kids based on the bestselling series of books by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi. It follows the adventures of Jared Grace and his family as they discover a field guide to faeries and battle goblins and other magical creatures.
Once upon a time, upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate in New England with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures.
Unable to explain the strange disappearances and accidents that seem to be happening on a daily basis, the family blames it all on Jared. When he, Simon and Mallory investigate what’s really going on, they uncover the fantastic truth of the Spiderwick estate and of the creatures that inhabit it.
The best thing about The Spiderwick Chronicles is the world the film creates. There are new touches, like Thimbletack the house brownie’s love for honey, that give the film’s universe a nice shine.
The next best thing about The Spiderwick Chronicles is its pacing. The speed of the film is refreshing in this era of two hour-plus children’s fantasy films. More importantly, The Spiderwick Chronicles never feels rushed or forced, in contrast to The Golden Compass. This is great for all viewers: it keeps the kids (and some adults) interested.