The Secret Garden is a story that I vaguely remember reading when I was a child but I’ve never watched the film. When I was asked to choose a film to review as part of the Tots100 film club I realised this was probably a little too old for C but that it was a film that she could grow into.
For those not familiar with the story, it’s the tale of Mary, a young girl sent from India to live with her uncle in England. Left to her own devices every day, she finds a locked garden which belonged to her late aunt.
Mary befriends her sickly cousin, Colin, who cannot walk and is convinced he is going to die. She also makes friends with Dickon who works in the garden and talks to the animals and who she lets in on her secret garden. Mary persuades Colin that it is safe to go outside and her and Dickon take him in his wheelchair to their secret garden where they teach him to walk.
When Mary is told Colin is gravely ill and she cannot see him, she escapes from her room and takes Colin to the secret garden at night to perform magic. That night Mary’s uncle has a dream about his late wife and Colin in the secret garden and rushes home to find Colin walking.
As you would expect it’s a nice ending where everyone is happy again!
I expected C to watch for 5 minutes then go off playing but, apart from a couple of distractions, she sat and watched it all the way through.
I’m not sure I’ll be able to persuade the husband to watch it as it isn’t really his kind of film but I’m sure me and C will watch it again and again.
It’s a great film with secrets, laughs and mysteries to keep the whole family entertained. The acting is great, I love Maggie Smith as strict housekeeper, Mrs Medlock, and I think the child actors are just brilliant.