Four Kids and It

2020

Family / Fantasy

33
IMDb Rating 4.9 10 513

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July 18, 2020

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Cast

Matthew Goode as Ben Calder
Paula Patton as Alice
Russell Brand as Tristan Trent
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1010.49 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
PG
23.976 fps
110 min
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2.03 GB
1920×1080
English 2.0
PG
23.976 fps
110 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by FlossieCat 1 / 10 / 10

Why try and improve on perfection?

There is no mention in the film's details that this is a rip off. Now TV even has the film described as "Sky original based on Jacqueline Wilson's novel"! What? Wilson simply plagiarised E Nesbit who wrote Five Children and It in 1902. Nesbit also invented the word Psammead- aka Sand Fairy. I tried watching this but it only made me angry. Why set it in Cornwall? The original is set in Kent. Furthermore, Nesbit's Psammead was terrified of water - so why have it anywhere near the beach? And of course in today's PC world the plot has to be made "relevant" with potential step siblings; thus commenting on today's divorces and second marriages, family tensions and so on. Why does there have to be a villain who wants to steal the Psammead? Does everything have to come down to goodies and baddies? Are children unable to simply watch a story with a lot of humour that is premised on the old adage of "be careful what you wish for" when the wishes go horribly wrong? The well known and very good children's author, Helen Cresswell, did a screenplay for a BBC production back in the 1990s. She should have known better. That was dire too. Read the original - no one can improve on Nesbit.

Reviewed by STEVE24BUS 6 / 10 / 10

Typical Sky Production. Lifeless And Uninspiring.

I watched this with my wife who will watch anything with a bit of magic or fantasy in it. While not truly awful, it was pretty much next door. It looked poorly budgeted and the creature looked like a 1980 spitting image creation. A special mention for Russell Brand. Awful. Yes, I know it's a kids film, but I can't see any child over six or seven not being embarrassed for him. Younger kids may enjoy it, but it's probably too long with not enough action or fun to keep them interested. I haven't yet seen a Sky original that I've had a good word for. Very missable.

Reviewed by neiljones1981 6 / 10 / 10

Should Have Been Better

Based on Jacqueline Wilson's book of the same name (which was based on E Nesbit's Five Children and It), Four Kids and It is the big sreen adaption of this deriative. Aside from sounding like a budget version of Five Children and It with one kid missing, it attempts to update the story to a modern standard. Which is all very well but this still comes across as being a bit half-baked. Like most "issues" with a lot of films, suspect the budget has more of a say than anything else. The "wishes" are lacklustre, flat and as for Russell Brand, well, cliche if nothing else. The kids carry the bulk of the film between them, relatively successfully. At the end of the day you can't help feeling this is a wasted opportunity. It could have and should have been so much better. Not a total disaster, those who've read the novel (or the original 1902 book) may be disappointed, but those who just jump into films and read the book later if at all may get more out of it.

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