This movie is about a young orphan girl who just happens to come across a hypnotizing book. She hypnotizes her way onto a London show and becomes rich and famous. But she loses her best friend due to her lack of attention yowards him. And a man also wants her book. He tracks her all the way to London and takes her dog. In order to get it back, she must help him steal the plunder from some robbers just after they robbed the richest bank in London of all its jewels.
A lovely family film highlighted by a wonderfully magical performance by Emily Watson. As usual, Watson lights up the screen in every scene in which she appears and the power of her talent irradiates the entire film. There is no doubt she is the most gifted actor of our time and her career is marked by one magnificent performance after another. Even in featured or supporting roles, she somehow manages to dominate the screen and make even an average motion picture something very, very special. This film is certainly a fitting showcase for her stunning work and hopefully what she does here will be well noted and remembered at Oscar time. She is quite overdue for an Academy Award and it is a scandal that she was not bestowed one by now for the inspired performances for which she's been nominated.
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