DVD Horrid Henry: The Movie

DVD Horrid Henry: The Movie
DVD Horrid Henry: The Movie
Run time: 93 min
Rating: 3.7
Genres: Adventure | Comedy | Family
Director: Nick Moore
Writers: Francesca Simon, Lucinda Whiteley
Stars: Theo Stevenson, Richard E. Grant, Parminder Nagra
Storyline
When Henry fails yet again to hand in his homework for the umpteenth time, he has no idea that this will set off a chain of events which will see him forming an unlikely alliance with Moody Margaret, the infuriating girl next door, and his irritating little brother Perfect Peter, outwitting corrupt School Inspectors and toppling an evil Headmaster, winning a talent contest and facing his ultimate nemesis with no way out – all because he is trying to save the very school which he has always professed to hate! Written by Anonymous
Plot Keywords: based on cartoon, character name in title
Details:
Country: UK
Release Date: 29 July 2011 (UK)

4 Comments

  1. I love the books and the TV series, and although I was very dubious of seeing Horrid Henry:The Movie, especially after hearing it had 3D and Dick and Dom, part of me was eager to see it. So I did, expecting an entertaining enough movie on its own terms.

    What I got was a real disappointment. It wasn't horrid, but overall it was the weakest films I've seen so far this year and one of the most disappointing. The only good things for me were Theo Stevenson's spirited performance and the jaunty soundtrack.

    Firstly I didn't like how the film looked. It was certainly colourful but also in a sense over-saturated. Horrid Henry:The Movie was quite badly edited as well, constantly it felt very awkward and rushed.

    The costumes are also rather cartoony in style. I wasn't happy that Horrid Henry:The Movie would have 3D effects, I frankly didn't think it needed it, and after seeing I still wasn't happy. I still think they were unnecessary, and the lack of clarity and sharpness in the effects themselves cheapened the film for me.

    The story was another minus, overall I found it very rushed and predictable with little of the charm and simplicity that the books and TV series had. The only thing I liked about the story was the lack of the over-sentimental(or it can be) "I love you son" sort of ending.

    The writing was messy, the dialogue is often weak and the laughs feel forced. When I saw it the closest the audience came to laughing were a couple of barely audible giggles. Kids either had a sort of amused expression or a sense they weren't sure whether they were supposed to laugh but a lot of adults looked as though they wished they had a triple detention instead.

    The cast are talented, but at least to me the film just seemed like an excuse to bring in as many British or TV personalities as possible. Many of them try hard and overdo it, Richard E.Grant definitely applies here, or are wasted, Jo Brand, or don't try, Matthew Horne.

    I know they deliberately exaggerated Miss Lovely's character, or so it seemed, but the characterisation was a little too over-eager and sugary for my tastes. Anjelica Huston fares better, she is a wonderful actress and while she overdoes the accent she clearly seems to be enjoying herself. If I had to ask myself what was the most painful bit about this movie? I'd say aside from the poor writing and the unnecessary 3D, it has to be the abysmally unfunny appearance of Dick and Dom.

    All in all, a real disappointment. 3/10 Bethany Cox

  2. I took my 8 and 6 year old children. My 8 year old is usually quite forgiving of a bad film if she has popcorn. We watch and enjoy a lot of children's films – this was the worst for a long time, since Space Chimps probably, and made worse by that it could have been so much better with a little craft to its direction. And from a director with so much experience as an Editor, it was really badly edited.

    My 6 year old thought it was OK, but there lies the problem – the film is obviously aimed, in its semi-high-school American 'teen rock' music pretensions, at a much older audience. A porous plot, even to an 8 year old, and the embarrassing potential of the cast falls extremely flat. Mathew Horne seems only to have two expressions in his repertoire and is in extreme danger of having a bit part comedy career fade fast. Anjelica Huston's Scottish accent was insulting and embarrassing – like a sheltered American impersonating Mrs Doubtfire. Horrid Henry clean cut and Americanised, really wasn't very menacing at all. I was surprised we were spared the sentimental 'son, I got it all wrong but I will always love you' ending: it would have completed the American airbrushing.

  3. When Henry fails yet again to hand in his homework for the umpteenth time, he has no idea that this will set off a chain of events which will see him forming an unlikely alliance with Moody Margaret, the infuriating girl next door, and his irritating little brother Perfect Peter.

    Together, they outwit corrupt School Inspectors and toppling an evil Headmaster, winning a talent contest and facing his ultimate nemesis with no way out – all because he is trying to save the very school which he has always professed to hate!

    Take most of Britains talent, give them an awful script and some cringe inducing acts to do, and you have this poor excuse of a movie.

    My daughter loves the animated series, but she really got fed up after the second act. It's a travesty to see such talent look so awkward with the little that they are given.

    And I though E. Grant was hamming it up in Hudson Hawk! He really takes the biscuit in this.

    The best thing about this is Huston, giving it her all in such a mess.

  4. I am going to go out on a limb here and say that the title was a perfect description of this movie or at least one word in the title was. "Horrid" I know what your'e thinking…hey this is a kids movie why waste time reviewing this? I'll tell you why because a kids movie should be made to appeal to all ages even adults and I couldn't even see a child liking this movie. I think that this is one of the worst movies I have ever seen and I'm not just some random guy that just watches whatever recently comes out. I study film and have seen Manos the hands of fate, Plan 9, and Child's Play 3 and this one is up there with them. This movie includes such things as: HORRID acting, HORRID storyline, HORRID CGI (worse than Jaws 3), HORRID characters, and HORRID sound effects. There are also a bunch of stereotypes of Americans and an original song where Horrid Henry starts singing a rock song about how he doesn't want to do homework. And also, the editing in this movie is insulting a badly done and they have badly done slapstick humor (or actually when is slapstick in a live action movie actually good?) This movie is an insult to British film and film in general. No one should watch it!

    1/10*

    *too bad there is no 0/10 stars because I would give it that!

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