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2. The children get plenty of close-ups in over-the-top dramatic roles
Eventually Mary discovers her unwell cousin Colin Edan Hayhurst and the key to a neglected corner of the gardens. Munden and his team gild this secret garden to an impossible degree, turning it into an outrageous fantasy land of exotic plants and beasts that could never simply be closed up. This take has its head in the clouds but not always its feet on the ground, and sometimes you miss that practical Yorkshire heft. The temptation to embroider the story has generally mixed results. The early scenes, of a forlorn Mary abandoned and fending for herself in India, give some insight into her awful behaviour later, and the faded grandeur of this Misselthwaite Manor is glorious. But a more elaborate backstory for Lord Craven feels unnecessary, and it seems a shame to hire Julie Walters and give her this little to do as Mrs Medford. At least the younger cast are on point: Egerickx is a more sympathetic Mary than some but still awkward and snappish, Hayhurst is pitch-perfect and Wilson is likeable in an underwritten role.
Common Sense says
An adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's children's classic is top-heavy with images but still thin. By Owen Gleiberman. Chief Film Critic.
The Secret Garden is a British fantasy drama film based on the novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett , the fourth film adaptation of the novel. Set in England, the plot follows a young orphan who is sent to live with her uncle, only to discover a magical garden at his estate. The Secret Garden was released via premium video on demand in the United States on 7 August by STXfilms , and opened in theatres in the United Kingdom on 23 October by Sky , who also released the film on the Sky Cinema channels on the same day.