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This Beautiful Fantastic (2016)

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A young woman who dreams of being a children's author makes an unlikely friendship with a cantankerous, rich old widower.

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Bella Brown
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Bramble
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Milly
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School Girl
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Mia Farkasovska ...
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A young woman who dreams of being a children's author makes an unlikely friendship with a cantankerous, rich old widower.

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life blooms in enchanting ways


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Rated PG for some thematic material and language | See all certifications »

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20 October 2016 (Slovenia)  »

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Der wunderbare Garten der Bella Brown  »

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$36,877, 15 July 2017
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Originally announced in 2009, with Carey Mulligan and Joanna Lumley attached to star. See more »

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Alfie Stephenson: I can't forgive this, you have squandered everything nature has given you.
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This Beautiful Fantastic
Performed by Jenny Double, Adam Double, Nikolaj Bjerre
Written by Anne Nikitin, Adam Double, Joe Rubel
Lyrics by Matthew Catling and Anne Nikitin
Produced by Joe Rubel
Published by Eaton Music Limited (a Music Sales Company)
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Stunning visuals, character development and spellbinding script.
8 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

This Beautiful Fantastic is an incredible cinematic experience that I'll never forget! It is a stunning movie that brings two lonely people together to enjoy the beauty of nature. I love seeing each character grow throughout the film.

This incredible film is about an aspiring author with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) named Bella (Jessica Brown Findlay). She befriends her next door neighbor, Alfred (Tom Wilkinson), when she is told she will be evicted from her house if she doesn't tend to her garden. With the help from Alfred and Vernon (Andrew Scott), Bella's personal chef, they try to find a way to tend to the garden and, in doing so, discover how a garden influences them.

This film has stunning visuals, character development and a spellbinding script that turns it into a cinematic masterpiece. The flowers in Alfred's garden add to the visual appeal of the film because of its juxtaposition to Bella's garden. The set design also creates visual appeal, with sets such as Bella's canopy bed and the setup of the garden. The garden is what inspired the film's title because Bella describes it as "beautiful, fantastic." The cinematography is gorgeous as well. An example of this is when the downpour starts and a rainbow reflects over Bella's face.

In this movie, the characters grow alongside each other. Alfred starts off as a grumpy and mean old man, but grows to be kind, gentle and treats Bella as though she is his daughter. Bella is introduced as timid and scared of nature, but she overcomes her fear when she befriends Alfred and learns to care for the garden. Throughout the movie, you also see Bella become less and less OCD. At the end, she leaves her door open versus, in the beginning she checks the door five times before leaving the house. There is also a change in Vernon. In the beginning, he is very nervous and acts as a "slave" towards Alfred. But by the end, he becomes less scared and more independent.

The music adds an ethereal effect to the movie, such as when Alfred watches Bella tend to the garden. Also, when Billy (Jeremy Irvine) shows Bella the mechanical bird, Luna, he is making. The music in this scene adds a very magical tone.

I love how eloquent the script is. An example of this is when Billy talks to Bella about a statue he is studying called The Ecstasy of Theresa. He describes it as "destroying logic with emotion." His detail in explaining the statue shows how impactful art can be to a person.

This film demonstrates how much another person can help you thrive and adore the importance of nature. I rate it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for people ages 10 to 18 and adults will enjoy it as well. This movie comes out March 10, 2017 in theaters nation wide, so check it out.

Reviewed by Ella L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. For more reviews by youth, visit kidsfirst dot org.


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