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Roald & Beatrix: The Tail of the Curious Mouse

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Feel-good Christmas family movie deals with grief and aging.

Movie NR 2020 78 minutes
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An all-star cast ensures that this British TV movie has no shortage of talent on screen, which carries its well-intentioned but slightly lightweight script. Inspired by a real-life meeting between Roald Dahl and Beatrix Potter, it's mainly a chance for everyone involved to have some fun with plenty of allusions to the authors' most iconic works.

Having Roald & Beatrix: The Tail of the Curious Mouse conjure up something as memorable as the world-famous stories of its two subjects is asking the impossible, but it builds to a satisfying final act where the pair are united. It also manages to balance some light-hearted moments with serious topics, along with a dash of the dark humor for which both authors are loved, and which livens up Dahl's encounters with some monstrous adults and Potter's dealings with clueless publishers. With its Christmas setting, this is solid family entertainment, stuffed with rich production values and season good cheer.

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