Category: Nim's Island Reviews | Posted by: stagewomanjen
Article Date: May 2, 2008 | Publication: The Daily Record UK | Author: Editor
IF stuck for something to take the younger kids to see this bank holiday weekend, then Nim's Island could be the perfect movie.
Little Miss Sunshine's Abigail Breslin plays Nim, a smart 11-year-old kid living a tranquil life on a remote South Pacific island with her oceanographer dad, Jack, played by Scotland's very own Gerry Butler (although what accent he's doing is anyone's guess).
Nim loves to read but forget Harry Potter, her favourite fictional book hero is Alex Rover - the world's greatest adventurer.
One day, she replies to an email requesting information about a local volcano. She thinks it's from Rover himself but it's actually from the book's author Alexandra Rover (Jodie Foster).
When her dad goes missing at sea, she asks Alexandra for her help. The problem is the writer is agoraphobic and lives the life of a hermit in her San Francisco home.
But in true movie fashion, she reluctantly decides she has to come to the young girl's rescue and embarks on the epic journey to Nim's fantasy island.
The movie's best bits involve Breslin running through the jungle talking to the animals who, in turn, talk back in their own particular way. She'd do very well on Britain's Got Talent.
Kids love slapstick and Hollywood star Jodie Foster hams it up big style, proving she's not at all afraid of making a fool of herself.
If I were to get picky, I could point out the film doesn't really know what it wants to be. Is it a fantasy or a realistic drama? What stops me thinking too hard is the movie's whimsy and simplistic charm. It's all gentle and innocent fun, that may prove to be a labour of love for parents to sit through.
3 of 5 stars