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The Secret Garden (2020)

Movie review by
Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media
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Latest take on classic kids' book tackles heavy themes.
  • August 14, 2020
  • PG
  • 2020
  • 106 minutes

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Secret Garden is the latest adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic 1911 novel about a young orphan named Mary Lennox (newcomer Dixie Egerickx) who discovers a long-hidden garden on the grounds of her aloof uncle's (Colin Firth) remote estate in northern England. Mary nurtures the garden back to life with the help of a new friend named Dickon (Amir Wilson), and together they use its beauty and wild power to help heal Mary's ailing cousin Colin (Edan Hayhurst). This take on the enduring children's book is produced by the team behind the Harry Potter series and looks full of color, mystery, and magical realism -- perhaps edging a bit further into the realm fantasy than the book did (the trailer promises several departures from the original story). Expect some of the themes to be too intense for younger/more sensitive viewers, including illness, death, and isolation.

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