#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Pod and Homily Clock and their sixteen year old daughter Arietty are ‘Borrowers’, four inch high people who live under the floor boards in Granny Driver’s house and borrow what they need without her knowledge. She is determined to catch them. When Arietty defies her father and strays into the house alone young James hides her and they become friends but Granny contacts Professor Mildeye, who is obsessed with the existence of ‘Homo Sapiens Redactus’, whom he wants to exhibit to the world and he captures Pod and Homily. Fortunately Arietty and resourceful fellow Borrower Spiller join forces with James to effect a rescue before the professor can dissect his tiny captives.
Plot: Family adventure based on Mary Norton’s classic children’s books about a race of tiny people who live under the floorboards, resourcefully surviving by borrowing bits and pieces from the large residents who dwell above. After being discovered by ‘human beans’, borrower Arrietty and her parents are forced to leave their home while attempting to evade the clutches of obsessive scientist Professor Mildeye.
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The Japanese anime version is the better choice
I have not read the book, but since I have seen two versions of the story and they are both fairly similar, I can say that I know what it is about now. I have to say that the Christmas released British version was not exceptional in any way, even if casting Christopher Eccleston and Robert Sheehan from the Misfits.
The story is about a race of small humans that live underneath the floorboards of a house and “borrow” stuff in order to survive. They are basically human vermin, but intelligent and benign. The focus of the story is Arietty, a borrower teen girl who wants to explore like her father and therefore exposes her family to the human “beans” and almost gets them killed. In the end, all is good.
I have to say that the Japanese version was much better, even if from Hayao Miyazaki’s animations it was probably the weakest. I can’t stop from thinking that the story itself is not very good, due to its simplicity and lack of character development, but not having read it, I cannot give an informed opinion.
Bottom line: a small fairy tale like story, but not exceptional and a wee bit boring.
Watchable – But Not Brilliant
Normally BBC are unbeatable in this type of presentation but sadly, although this second BBC production of The Borrowers was watchable and somewhat entertaining it was nowhere near as perfect as their first production in 1992. I must say that the first production was in fact a series as opposed to a ‘one off’.
Christopher Eccleston (Pod), Victoria Wood (Granny Driver), Sharon Horgan (Homily), Aisling Loftus (Arietty), Robert Sheehan (Spiller) and the inimitable Stephen Fry (Professor Mildeye) were certainly adequate in their respective roles but there just was not enough ‘oomph’ to the production.
For those who have never seen The Borrowers or read Mary Norton’s book or her sequels below is a brief synopsis of what The Borrowers are about.
The Borrowers are tiny people who co-exist in the human world, mainly under floorboards of human homes and ‘borrow’ from the human occupants in order to survive. They borrow whatever they need but do not appear to ever intend giving what they borrow back.
Their main fear is being discovered by human beings and they do everything in their power to avoid this.
Professor Mildeye is convinced that these little people exist and all he wants is to capture one in order to prove it.
The Borrowers is a cat and mouse game with the tiny people making sure that they are not discovered or captured by humans, but inevitably this does happen and they must rely on the help of a human boy to save them.
I do love The Borrowers and feel that it was written for everyone, whatever age they are.
Even the 1997 film starring John Goodman and Jim Broadbent I feel was better than the BBcs latest version of The Borrowers.
Sorry Auntie Beeb but that’s the way I feel.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 30 min (90 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Director Tom Harper
Writer Ben Vanstone (screenplay), Mary Norton (novel)
Actors Christopher Eccleston, Sharon Horgan, Aisling Loftus, Robert Sheehan
Country UK, South Africa
Production Company Moonlighting Films
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 16:9 HD
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format N/A