And, as many things that occurred in 1993 – along with Barney and Jurassic Park – it became deeply ingrained in the millennial childhood experience. Myself included.
And now, they are remaking it – because that’s what happens to everything these days.
After a lot of questioning, comparisons, and skepticism, our first actual material for critique, or adulation, has been released.
Here’s the trailer:
First impressions? They’ve certainly tarted up the garden a bit since last time. Oh, the cursed-blessings of CGI.
Second impressions? Oh hello, Colin Firth and Julie Walters. I guess that’s good that you’re here – you two know how to class up a movie.
The film, which hits UK cinemas on 17th April 2020, tells the story of Mary Lennox, played by Dixie Egerickx, a prickly and unloved 10-year-old girl, born in India to wealthy British parents.
When they suddenly die, she is sent back to England to live with her uncle, Archibald Craven (Colin Firth) on his remote country estate deep in the Yorkshire moors. After meeting her cousin, the two discover a wonderful secret garden after locating a magical key, which will take them on an adventure like never before.
I guess the biggest, personal, take away from the trailer is that, yes, it looks like a fun, lush, exotic movie which, if I had kids, I’d probably haul them too. But why is the garden actually magical this time? Is it not the point of the book and the film that the spoilt protagonist finds fun and worth in the little things, in nature and its simplicity?
Will that message still come across if there are flowers spontaneously growing out of every inch of screen and doves that seemingly appear from her nether-regions to guide her out of trouble? Surely even the most spoilt child would still be impressed by all that?
Though the trailer may be instilling some doubts about the messages and moral of the original book, that the first, 1993, film adaptation understood wonderfully, I am still, along with everyone else, intrigued by this new version that will no doubt burst with colour onto our screens next Spring.
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Katie Stockton is a current Masters student at the University of East Anglia, having graduated from Warwick University last year. She is a journalist and scriptwriter, interested in film. Her last play was on at Norwich's Maddermarket Theatre. Whilst you were reading this, Katie drank three coffees.Follow