I took an unwanted hiatus last week due to lack of internet and I would like to apologize for leaving you in the lurch. I’m sure you were just aimlessly wandering the lobby of your local cineplex, having no idea what movie to watch. “Should I go see an inferior remake in Evil Dead or an apparent cash grab in Jurassic Park 3D?” You more than likely asked random passers-by. Well never fear, I have returned to break down the trailers and help guide you to your next favorite movie like a mother duck leading her chicks across a busy street.
Following the success of Peter Jackson‘s Lord of the Rings trilogy (the third installment of which went on to become only the second entry in that elite “Billion Dollar Club”), it seemed like every studio wanted to jump on the fantasy-adventure bandwagon. And increasingly, the inspiration for such films has seemed to come from books targeted primarily at younger readers. The more popular franchises to arise from this trend were the Harry Potter and Chronicles of Narnia series. (The seventh and eighth Potter films are in theaters now and next summer, and the third Narnia film hits in December.)
But for those tired of the big franchises and looking for more one-off adventures, there is a pair of films that were produced by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies in the past decade that offer plenty of thrills and spills, and entertaining journeys into fantastical realms. They are clearly targeted at family audiences, but it is my opinion that there’s plenty to enjoy in them for adults as well, and I like them both more than the average Potter or Narnia film. So step into the Reel Rumbles ring for a battle of fantastic proportions as we take on The Spiderwick Chronicles vs. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.