A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
As a fantasy movie, there isn't much in the way of positive messages.
Positive Role Models
Although the film does attempt to realistically portray the difficulties a family faces as two children get used to a new stepmother, the overarching fantasy story distracts from these attempts.
Violence & Scariness
A father and stepmother are shown tied up and threatened to be burned to death by a nearby witch. Frequent mild scares in the form of elfen growls, witch shrieks, howling, and eyes that glow a demonic green.
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"Hell," "oh, s--t."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Magic Door is a 2007 fantasy movie from the U.K. Throughout the movie, there are mild fantasy scares along the order of a young elf constantly hissing in a menacing manner, demonic growls and laughter, and eyes made to look green and demonic through special effects. There's also a scene in which the father and stepmother of the two lead children are tied to a tree and threatened to be burned alive by a witch. There's some profanity ("s--t"). Also of concern are the scenes in which the movie attempts to show the realistic arguments and problems a family faces as their two children attempt to adjust to a new stepmother, and those that show the worries and frustrations of the father and stepmother when the children go missing. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There's a needless complexity at work in THE MAGIC DOOR as a result of trying to do too much. The movie fluctuates between the realities of a father and new stepmother and their unruly children getting into trouble and the unrealities of these two kids trying to help a kind troll get back to his realm, with the assistance of a constantly hissing young elf. The result is confusion as to what this story is really trying to be about.
The jumbled story line isn't helped by the so-so acting and subpar special effects. Had the story been more engaging, it might justify the realistic scares of parents searching for their missing kids and the unrealistic scares of demonic growling, howling, and glowing green eyes. But, unfortunately, it doesn't. The ambitions of trying to make this more than a simple fantasy story lead to a confusing movie that careens between reality and fantasy.
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