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I love the books and the TV series, and although I was very dubious of
seeing Horrid Henry:The Movie, especially after hearing it had 3D and
Dick and Dom, part of me was eager to see it. So I did, expecting an
entertaining enough movie on its own terms.
What I got was a real disappointment. It wasn't horrid, but overall it was the weakest films I've seen so far this year and one of the most disappointing. The only good things for me were Theo Stevenson's spirited performance and the jaunty soundtrack.
Firstly I didn't like how the film looked. It was certainly colourful but also in a sense over-saturated. Horrid Henry:The Movie was quite badly edited as well, constantly it felt very awkward and rushed.
The costumes are also rather cartoony in style. I wasn't happy that Horrid Henry:The Movie would have 3D effects, I frankly didn't think it needed it, and after seeing I still wasn't happy. I still think they were unnecessary, and the lack of clarity and sharpness in the effects themselves cheapened the film for me.
The story was another minus, overall I found it very rushed and predictable with little of the charm and simplicity that the books and TV series had. The only thing I liked about the story was the lack of the over-sentimental(or it can be) "I love you son" sort of ending.
The writing was messy, the dialogue is often weak and the laughs feel forced. When I saw it the closest the audience came to laughing were a couple of barely audible giggles. Kids either had a sort of amused expression or a sense they weren't sure whether they were supposed to laugh but a lot of adults looked as though they wished they had a triple detention instead.
The cast are talented, but at least to me the film just seemed like an excuse to bring in as many British or TV personalities as possible. Many of them try hard and overdo it, Richard E.Grant definitely applies here, or are wasted, Jo Brand, or don't try, Matthew Horne.
I know they deliberately exaggerated Miss Lovely's character, or so it seemed, but the characterisation was a little too over-eager and sugary for my tastes. Anjelica Huston fares better, she is a wonderful actress and while she overdoes the accent she clearly seems to be enjoying herself. If I had to ask myself what was the most painful bit about this movie? I'd say aside from the poor writing and the unnecessary 3D, it has to be the abysmally unfunny appearance of Dick and Dom.
All in all, a real disappointment. 3/10 Bethany Cox
I took my 8 and 6 year old children. My 8 year old is usually quite
forgiving of a bad film if she has popcorn. We watch and enjoy a lot of
children's films - this was the worst for a long time, since Space
Chimps probably, and made worse by that it could have been so much
better with a little craft to its direction. And from a director with
so much experience as an Editor, it was really badly edited.
My 6 year old thought it was OK, but there lies the problem - the film is obviously aimed, in its semi-high-school American 'teen rock' music pretensions, at a much older audience. A porous plot, even to an 8 year old, and the embarrassing potential of the cast falls extremely flat. Mathew Horne seems only to have two expressions in his repertoire and is in extreme danger of having a bit part comedy career fade fast. Anjelica Huston's Scottish accent was insulting and embarrassing - like a sheltered American impersonating Mrs Doubtfire. Horrid Henry clean cut and Americanised, really wasn't very menacing at all. I was surprised we were spared the sentimental 'son, I got it all wrong but I will always love you' ending: it would have completed the American airbrushing.
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When Henry fails yet again to hand in his homework for the umpteenth
time, he has no idea that this will set off a chain of events which
will see him forming an unlikely alliance with Moody Margaret, the
infuriating girl next door, and his irritating little brother Perfect
Together, they outwit corrupt School Inspectors and toppling an evil Headmaster, winning a talent contest and facing his ultimate nemesis with no way out - all because he is trying to save the very school which he has always professed to hate!
Take most of Britains talent, give them an awful script and some cringe inducing acts to do, and you have this poor excuse of a movie.
My daughter loves the animated series, but she really got fed up after the second act. It's a travesty to see such talent look so awkward with the little that they are given.
And I though E. Grant was hamming it up in Hudson Hawk! He really takes the biscuit in this.
The best thing about this is Huston, giving it her all in such a mess.
so loads of people were saying it was terrible... -.- it is meant to be
abstract and my little five year old brother and 10 year old sister
found it fun and to be honest so did i. I LOVE!!! dick and Dom's bit in
it... its really creepy and cool and the make up is AMAZING!!!!! As is
noel fielding's make up... there are so many big names in this film.
Its funny and colorful. I really enjoyed it.
Its not my favorite film. But it deserves some credit. Its hard to get children to act and they are all pretty good for there age.
I also think it portrays the books very well! Because they are all a little abstract
and it kept my brother quite for an hour or two :) I understand some of the people commenting wanted serious acting and emotion.... if u wanted that... why buy a kids film???? :D so i'd recommend this for children 3-10
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This film was alright!
I saw this a couple of days ago because my little brother wanted to see it. It was one of the worst films I've ever seen, I mean I'll admit I laughed a couple of times as some bits in the film were quite cleverly made, but over all I was pretty disappointed! I've read nearly all the books and they are are amazing! Then came the T.V show that was pretty good, and then came the film that thoroughly disappointed me! I thought Dick and Dom could have played a better part, but still they were pretty funny. Basically all the other characters (in my opinion) didn't play a very good part. I thought some parts very unrealistic like when Henry threw the water balloon at Margret. Disappointing, but younger children will love it!
England's very first Kids 3D film turned out to be Horrid Henry The
Movie. The Horrid Henry books became a big success in the UK alone.
They created an animated series in 2006 and now they have created a
movie in 2011.
I am a fan of the Horrid Henry books. I also thought the series wasn't too bad either. Then when the film came out I thought it would be good to go and see it.
The characters looked great. But the way the actors performed them was very disappointing. I would call this bad acting. The way they performed each role was very poor. Each one did look like the characters in the books and series, but most of them didn't feel like it was the characters you know in the books. The actual plot was poor as well. It felt like a plot that you would see in an episode of the cartoon series. They could have thought of something much better than what they chose.
I would say that there was one actor in this that did fit the part of her character. That person is Anjelica Huston who played the part of Miss Battleaxe. She really did play the part of Miss Battleaxe really well. She was only on for a few scenes and I think she needed to be in this film a bit longer than she was.
I would not say this is a family film. I would say this is just for kids younger than 8. It might be more entertaining for them than it is for anyone older. It was very disappointing for me; it was actually an insult to the books. I hate saying stuff like that about movies, but I'm afraid I had to say it.
Written By Jamie Foster
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Yes, a completely awful and ridiculous movie. I mean, fine Horrid Henry
itself is ridiculous in a sort of funny way but the movie killed it.
It isn't too good for the eye, as well as quite gruesome, but that's just Henry, it was also over-saturated, colors far to bright. I don't know if the colors were to make it seem more cartoon like but it was not good.
Some of the acting sucks in the movie, especially Miss Lovely, the actor is a great actress but the acting was just way over the top. Way over the top.
The story line is too jumpy, it goes from this to that within minutes, completely confused me.
Horrid Henry The Movie is trying to connect all of the Horrid Henry
Books and all of the Episodes from the show by the same name. But it
didn't do a good job.
Let me make it short for you. The movie sucks, the story sucks, acting sucks... If this movie was a Hand Job from a woman, I think I would became gay.
The only way this movie can be used for good is if you bet that your friends couldn't watch it through.
By the way... Its the worst fu*king movie I ever fu*king saw. Fu*k you sons of a bit*hes.
I wanted to like it...I really did (especially after reading such mixed reviews)! This is by far the worst movie my family and I have ever seen. I was trying to get something both kids would like (10 and 13 years old). After reading the synopsis, I was hoping for something along the lines of Slappy and the Stinkers (they both liked that one) but the only thing they had in common is the word Stinker! Thank god we didn't pay for it - it was a free promo through Redbox! The only good thing about this movie, is that our entire family agreed it was a complete stinker!!!! Not even Angelica Houston could help this terrible movie! Please don't waste your money or even more importantly your time on Horrid Harry!
I have no words to describe how awful this movie really was, as nothing
would do it justice. It was a really horrible viewing experience. The
kid who played Henry was highly annoying, and I constantly felt the
urge to roundhouse kick him in the face. I also hated the colour
scheme. Every set looked like it had been vomited on by Care Bears.
This movie really has no redeeming features whatsoever. I feel sorry
for any actor who was in this tragedy, as it is definitely a potential
career-ruiner. If I could give it 0 I would.
P.S. If your child ever shows the slightest interest in wanting to watch this lame excuse for entertainment, tell them how truly disappointed you are in them, and consider disowning them.
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