Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Secret Garden

All I can say is that this is a beautiful movie about magic and friendship. Sounds cheesy I know but it’s true. This movie can’t go anymore wrong except for some parts though. Mary Lennox (Kate Maberly) is a memorable character, without any doubt.

Mary Lennox tells her story of how she grew up in India without any love or attention from her parents. She can’t even dress herself and she’s ten years old. When an earthquake hit India, killing her parents too, she’s sent to England to live at her uncle’s manor called Misselthwaite Manor. The housekeeper, Mrs. Medlock, played by Maggie Smith arrives late to pick Mary up. She calls Mary a “queer, unresponsive little thing”. Poor Mary.

At the manor, the maid, Martha, with an interesting Scottish accent takes care of Mary. Mary also makes friends with Martha’s younger brother, Dickon (Andrew Knott). Mary also tells Dickon about the secret garden, which she found and together, they made it grow into a beautiful, colourful garden again.

Meanwhile, Mary accidentally found her cousin, Colin (Heydon Prowse), who has spent his whole life (ten years) in bed. I think he’s never tried to walk before. He’s adamant that he’s bound to die eventually and seems pessimistic. This makes Mary rather irritated with his behavior and she shows him that she won’t stand for any of his nonsense.

Like what I said earlier, it’s a story of friendship, magic, the discovery of a garden, family, love, etc. You’ll also find the song, “Winter Light” sung by Linda Ronstadt soothing and calming. Well, it’s soothing for me!

This is the 1993 film version.

6 comments:

callister said...

the title of the story is kinda lame..
but after read this, i think i can give it a try..

Miss Positive said...

Haha! Yeah, it sounds simple and all. This movie is based on a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, first published in 1911! It's a nice movie, do try and watch it. :)

callister said...

ow~~of cos i will...

btw, i already rss feed u, dun forget to rss feed me k..

Miss Positive said...

callister: Hey thanks! Sure, I'll subscribe to your feed too. :)

leo7_lion said...

I've watched this movie^^

Btw, do you know that there is a group named secret garden too in entertainment feild? Their songs are nice too.

Miss Positive said...

leo7_lion: Wow, a band of the same name? Interesting! I'll google them to read more. Thanks for the info. :)