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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie is intended to entertain rather than educate.
A consistent theme is that "without fear you can't be brave" -- a mantra repeated frequently throughout the movie. However, when characters show courage it often leads to the frustration of others, so the messaging is unclear. Some positive messaging about learning to integrate with others. Some stealing, albeit the reasoning behind it could be said to be understandable.
Positive Role Models
Over the course of the movie, Princess Bluerose becomes much braver, and she continually shows that she'll do the right thing, even if it's not in her own best interests. But on occasion, her actions frustrate others. She also steals money, but her intentions are honorable as she believes it will help her father's ill-health. Dreng, the child king of the red gnomes who befriends Princess Bluerose, constantly stands up for and believes in Princess Bluerose's good intentions, even when her actions anger the rest of the red gnomes.
The young girl in the central role is a positive and well-rounded character who -- for the most part -- shows courage and integrity. All the characters are White.
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Violence & Scariness
Although there isn't any violence there are some situations of tense peril. Several moments when a mountain's passageway almost closes before the blue gnomes can get back inside the mountain, which would turn them into dust. In one scene, an evil supporting character is shown turning into dust before vanishing. There is one high-speed sled chase down a mountain. A parent falls ill. The future of the planet comes under threat.
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A character steals money from a nearby farmer because they believe it'll help their parent's health, setting the rest of the plot into motion. Because they don't know what money is, they and the rest of the gnomes speak about it with reverence and awe, creating a materialistic undertone.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Magic Silver is a mostly lighthearted Norwegian family fantasy Christmas adventure (with English subtitles) with occasional moments of peril. Based on a festive Norwegian TV series, the movie is set 100 years before, meaning it can be watched as a standalone film. When Princess Bluerose (Ane Viola Semb) learns that her father (Finn Schau) is ill, she journeys down Blue Mountain to steal money from a nearby human farmer in the hope that the money will help her father get better. This plan sets off a series of messy and sometimes tense conflicts and interactions between the farmer, and a group of blue and red gnomes. For example, the characters discover that one red gnome has been stealing a lot of treasure from the farmer, leading to the characters chasing that red gnome down Blue Mountain in a perilous sled chase. However, there is no actual violence. Throughout the movie, Princess Bluerose and her new red gnome friend Dreng (Johan Tinus Lindgren) continually commit brave and kind acts in defiance of their own fears and sometimes even their own self-interest or traditions. The movie is also known as Julenatt i Blåfjell in some territories. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
With its main storyline about learning to conquer fears, this Norwegian fantasy adventure presents some character growth, while there are also some positive messages around integrating with others. Within the limited setting of Magic Silver's Blue Mountain and a nearby farm at the mountain's base, the various groups of gnomes and humans must learn to interact with one another as they deal with all manner of things from treasure to magic to tradition-strengthened duties. But the problem is, that amid such a busy plot, many things just flat out don't make sense.
For example, Princess Bluerose's initial plan of traveling down the mountain to steal money from the farmer proves to be disastrous, and earns her the immediate ire of the rest of the blue gnome community. But it was the blue gnomes' elder spirits themselves who told her to follow the plan in the first place. In other moments, the blue gnomes readily let the red gnomes into the mountain even when there are other moments showing that the blue gnomes do not like to welcome outsiders. While most of these small plot-related inconsistencies don't affect the movie's overall festive tones, they leave the purpose and moral conclusions of the movie unclear. For this reason, Magic Silver is probably best appreciated after a Christmas-dinner-induced food coma, when the superficial elements can trump the shaky and confusing plot-related elements.
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