Nim’s Island is a winner

Category: Nim's Island Reviews | Posted by: stagewomanjen
Article Date: April 30, 2008 | Publication: northislandmidweek.com | Author: DNA Smith
Publication/Article Link:http://www.bclocalnews.com/vancouver_island_north/northislandmidweek/lifestyles/18338764.html

“Nim’s Island” is a rarity among children’s movies these days.

First of all, the hero of the film is an 11-year-old girl, and thankfully, the filmmakers allow her character to be a girl instead of the all-too-familiar wise-cracking, knowledgeable-beyond-their-years kids we constantly see.

Also, the film doesn’t pander to adults by throwing in pop-culture references or wink-wink, nudge-nudge innuendo.

The film stars Abigail Breslin as Nim, daughter of a widowed plankton researcher (“300” star Gerard Butler).

The pair lives on an idyllic island in the South Seas where dad researches rare species of one-celled organisms. Nim spends her days being “island schooled,” frolicking with her animal friends and awaiting the next volume of her favourite novel series featuring intrepid explorer Alex Rover.

One day dad goes out on a boat to find more wee beasties, leaving Nim back on the island. When a monsoon hits, stranding the father at sea, Nim is left to fend for herself as a group of “pirates” invades the island.

Nim is also injured, so she e-mails the only person she thinks can help her: Alex Rover. Unfortunately, Alex is not a strapping hunk of Australian beefcake, but an agoraphobic writer named Alexandra (Jodie Foster) living in San Francisco.

Summoning all her courage, Alexandra leaves her house and sets off to rescue Nim.

“Nim’s Island” is for the most part a movie for girls ages 7-12. It has a playful innocence to it that I found refreshing, despite the fact that this movie wasn’t made for my gender or age group. I’m positive little girls will adore this film.

I’m not so sure about little boys. Or big ones, for that matter. But so what? They have their own movies.

GRADE: B