It’s World War I. Robert’s father’s gone away to fly fighter planes, and he and his four siblings are being evacuated to the country.
Where mad Uncle Albert lives with his despicable son, Horace, who dissects “monsters” as a hobby.
Clearly this will not be a good summer. Until Robert goes in the greenhouse and they find a hidden beach and a sand fairy.
The sand fairy gives wishes. But be careful what you wish for… The best wishes can go wrong so easily…
In My Opinion…
Sweet movie. Very funny, good acting.
I have no idea how much it’s like the book (I never read it.) As a movie, though, it’s great fun. All five children — Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane, and Lamb — were excellent actors. (Though you can’t really tell how good a baby actor is. Being very cute is a good qualification, and he certainly fulfilled that.) The sand fairy was a great character, too.
At times it rang of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Evacuated children, hidden cupboardy-thing, magicy place, you know… Then I reminded myself that in fact, Five Children and It is very original. It was released a year before Narnia. So if anything copies, it’s Narnia. When you watch it, that might be a good thing to keep in mind. (I’m sure it wasn’t so similar-feeling in the books.)
There were also a couple of places where the baby disappeared and reappeared when convenient. Just a tad tacky. Nothing off-putting. Just a little, “Hey, wait, I thought they didn’t take the baby with them.”
All up, it was a good movie. Not the most excellent I have ever, ever seen, but definitely worth a watch, as a good family movie. Little kids might get a little scared in one spot, but it’s a kids movie, most completely.