The Secret of Moonacre, in stores September 21, is the story of 13-year-old Maria Merryweather, whose father dies and leaves her orphaned and forced to live with an uncle she’s never met and didn’t know she had. She has to leave the beautiful London home she has always lived in and move to the mysterious Moonacre Manor to live with her uncle, Sir Benjamin.
The manor and its surroundings are crumbling and she finds herself in the middle of a feud between the her family and the De Noirs who live in the neighboring forest. As she explores the manor she discovers all sorts of magical things like food that appears without being prepared and pictures that aren’t what they seem. She finds secret doors and hidden passages throughout. She is warned to stay out of the forest but of course as a curious teenager she doesn’t listen.
By reading a book her father left her before he died, she finds out that she is the very last Moon Princess and that she has until the 5000th moon rises to rid the valley of a curse or Moonacre will disappear into the sea forever. I’ll leave the telling off here because I know you’re going to want to watch this movie and find out what happens.
It has everything you could possibly want in a movie, from magic and romance to knife fights and dark mysterious hiding places. It has all the appeal of a fairy tale and yet still has enough action and suspense to keep a 13-year-old boy actively interested in the movie. It left my 17-year-old mooning around the house at the romance and had me crying at the happy ending. The music is absolutely phenomenal and the flute music at the end of the movie is haunting.
The Secret of Moonacre is based on The Little White Horse, the classic novel by Elizabeth Goudge. It is both Dove and Kids First! approved and is directed by Emmy-winning director Gabor Csupo (Bridge to Terabithia). Actors include Dakota Blue Richards (The Golden Compass), Juliet Stevenson (Bend It Like Beckham), Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), Natascha McElhone (Californication), and Ioan Gruffudd (King Arthur).
The Secret of Moonacre is 103 minutes in length and contains 90 minutes of bonus features including a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, cast interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage.