By Lauren Hodges, Guest Reviewer
Action, adventure, evil masters, talking slugs and magical queens – this movie has it all for summer movie pleasure.
After finding herself living with her father, a scientist searching for a tiny forest civilization, M.K. (Amanda Seyfried) struggles to find her way. Unexpected circumstances lead M.K. i to the nearby forest one day which leads to magical events when Queen Tara (Beyonce Knowles) shrinks her down to the size of a bug. Immediately M.K. is surrounded by other creatures her size – some who appear to be almost human – and realizes her father was right all along.
Finding these little creatures sends M.K. on a wild journey to help them save their little civilization from nasty creatures called Boggans, lead by Mandrake (Christoph Waltz). The forest is under attack from these creatures and with the help of a crazy soothsayer Nim Galuu (Steven Tyler), Leafmen and two silly slugs they band together to form an unlikely army.
The visual effects in this movie are extraordinary. The scenes where the characters are flying, with the help of birds, are amazing as they switch from angle to angle to capture and emphasize the tiny nature of these little people.
While the Boggans are creepy bat-like creatures, they aren’t taken very seriously in this film which makes it more acceptable for the younger crowd. Other than a final scene in which the battle between good and evil occurs, this movie is one that all ages will enjoy. At only and hour and a half, it will also likely be one most kiddos can sit through too. I’d recommend seeing this film with the family for one of those quintessential magical movie experiences that ignites the imagination and makes the kid in all of us smile.
3 stars out of 5