Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Ballet Shoes (2007)

IMDb plot summary: The story of three orphan girls (Pauline, Petrova, and Posy), adopted by an eccentric explorer, Great Uncle Matthew, and his niece Sylvia, in 1930s London.
Directed by Sandra Goldbacher. Starring Emilia Fox, Emma Watson, Yasmin Paige, and Lucy Boynton.

Oh, goodness, when I was a child I read ALL the Shoes books, but I'd nearly forgotten about them until it all came back to me watching this movie. The film is as cute and sweet as the books were, even if the episodic nature doesn't allow a lot of true conflict to be created. There's nothing really exciting about these stories, but I remember being captivated by them as a child. It's more useful as a bit of nostalgia, though, than as an objectively good movie. The characters don't have any depth beyond one or two descriptive adjectives, the stakes aren't believably high, and everything works out just a bit too neatly in the end, but for a children's story, it's just fine.

2.5 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
Ballet Shoes > Dreamgirls
Ballet Shoes < Eat Pray Love
Ballet Shoes < A Matter of Life and Death
Ballet Shoes < Foolproof
Ballet Shoes > Mrs. Doubtfire
Ballet Shoes < The Secret of NIMH
Ballet Shoes > Anonymous
Ballet Shoes > Love is a Many-Splendored Thing
Ballet Shoes > 2012
Ballet Shoes > Kiki's Delivery Service
Ballet Shoes > Labor Day
Final spot: #1108 out of 2444.

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