Based on the novel The Little White Horse, by Elizabeth Goudge, The Secret of Moonacre stars Dakota Blue Richards (Lyra from The Golden Compass) as Maria Merryweather, a young orphan who is sent to Moonacre Manor, along with her quirky companion, Miss Heliotrope (Juliet Stevenson), in order to live with her coldly distant Uncle Benjamin (Ioan Gruffudd). Maria was given a book called The Secret Chronicles of Moonacre Valley, in which she discovers that she is a Moon Princess, destined to end an ancient feud between her family and the sinister forest people who dwell in the woods outside the manor.
I grew up loving fantasy movies filled with fairies, princesses, unicorns, and epic battles and I have hunch my kids will love those types of movies too. And with that being said I’m always on the look out for clean family friendly movies and The Secret of Moonacre doesn’t disappoint! There was absolutely no inappropriate content that I recall.
Visually I fell in love with this movie. The attire of the actors, the fine detail in the woods from day to night to the rooms in the manor where a lot of this story takes place are visually stunning. The computer generated effects do not disappoint either which is one of my biggest peeves in newer films!
After falling in love with this heartwarming tale made movie, I’m actually looking to pick up a few Elizabeth Goudge’s books from my local library to share with my daughter and to enjoy for myself. I would recommend checking out this movie. It would be great for a family movie night or something to pick up for a girls slumber party!
The Secret of Moonacre contains 90 minutes of bonus features including an on-set “making-of” featurette, deleted scenes, cast and crew interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.
I have three copies of The Secret of Moonacre on DVD to give away!
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