The French did it better

U.S. version of `Arthur and the Invisibles' lacks wit, charm

Review C

January 12, 2007|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Movie Critic

Arthur and the Invisibles tries way too hard.

The creatures at its heart -- the Invisibles, who aren't invisible at all, just very, very small -- are blandly animated, with expressionless faces and precious little warmth. To compensate, the filmmakers over-accessorize the tiny creatures adding so many details, from beards to armor, that it becomes distracting.

And the story, of a boy who shrinks himself down to their size and ends up being a hero of both the world he came from and the world he's visiting, mistakes frenzy for wit. There's always something going on, but it's often hard to figure why or to what end.

Arthur and the Invisibles (Weinstein Co.) Starring Freddie Highmore, Mia Farrow. Directed and co-written by Luc Besson. Rated PG. Time 102 minutes.

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