Tom's Midnight Garden

1999

Adventure / Family / Fantasy

32
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 739

Synopsis


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Cast

James Wilby as Uncle Alan Kitson
Mel Martin as Alice Long
Noah Huntley as James
Serena Gordon as Melody Long
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950.88 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
107 min
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1.72 GB
1920×1080
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
107 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 5 / 10 / 10

Passable adaptation of the novel

TOM'S MIDNIGHT GARDEN, the late '90s adaptation of a classic children's novel of the 1950s written by Philippa Pearce, is a passable slice of entertainment that has both good and bad elements to recommend it. While it's entertaining enough as the story progresses, I couldn't help being disappointed in its failure to capture the magical qualities of the written story, which make it one of my favourite children's books of all time. One of the problems is writer/director Willard Carroll's Americanisation of the material. This is quite subtle for the most part, but Carroll is far too obsessed with cheesy, computer-based special effects over story. Thus we get the ridiculous scene of Tom opening and closing the door and watching the furniture change over and over again, which is as redundant as it is silly. Less effects and tighter storytelling would have been the obvious choice here. Still, the film looks the part, and the design of the titular garden is particularly strong. The young actress who plays Hattie gives the best performance in the whole thing, while Prince William-lookalike Anthony Way is adequate as Tom. There's a good eye for the supporting cast, which includes nice, if minor, roles for David Bradley and Liz Smith and an alluring turn from Greta Scacchi. Sadly I did find that the story started to lose me as it progressed, and the last third is noticeably weaker than the preceding two. It happens when Hattie starts to grow up; scenes which should be poignant and heartbreaking are anything but, and I think that's a problem both with Way's acting and the deficiencies of the script. The added, present-day wraparound material (which wasn't in the book) is also unnecessary and distracting. For me, the definitive version of the story is the BBC miniseries of 1989, which haunted and spellbound me as a child in equal measure. If only that had a DVD release!

Reviewed by Theo Robertson 8 / 10 / 10

Not For Working Class Cynics

I have absolutely no knowledge of author Phillipa Pearce or any of her novels and if TOM`S MIDNIGHT GARDEN is typical of her work I probably would have had little interest in her books as a child . When I was a child I wasn`t really interested in litreture unless it had soldiers fighting monsters complete with a high body count Judging by this film version of TOM`S MIDNIGHT GARDEN I guess Pearce writes for lower middle class kids since much of the story of revolves around protagonist Tom Long moving to a house with no garden then suddenly finding a metaphysical one . Having a garden of your own was no doubt something that working class people didn`t have in the 1950s so I guess there`s some political class ridden subtext there somewhere . There`s also a romance involving a young girl called Hattie but again are cynical kids amoured by love stories ? Perhaps the worst criticism is that very little in the way of excitement or adventure happens within the narrative This is a childrens film that seems dated by its source . It`s inoffensive but I`m surprised by its high rating by the IMDB voters . I wonder how many of them would have given it so many high marks if they were 10 year olds who`d just seen the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy ?

Reviewed by neil-476 8 / 10 / 10

Wistful

In post-war England, Tom is sent to live with his aunt and uncle while his younger brother has measles. Frustrated at being confined because his is possibly infectious, he sneaks out when the old clock in the hallway of the big house (converted to flats) strikes 13, only to find himself in a sunlit garden where he meets a young girl called Hattie. The two form a bond, and Tom sneaks out to meet her every night. Is she a ghost? Is he hallucinating? Is something else at work? Dressed up as a kind of Victorian ghost story - which, in a way, it is - this is actually quite another kind of story. Gentle and wistful and, ultimately, rather bittersweet, the narrative never quite goes where you expect it to. There are several blind alleys where there is every expectation of certain characters creating jeopardy, and maybe they do, maybe they don't. The adult cast are good. The young cast members have a big load to carry and, while they are better than British child performers often are, I can't help thinking that American equivalents would have been much more naturalistic. But this is essentially a good hearted and emotionally involving journey.

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