Nightbooks

2021

Family / Fantasy / Horror

64
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 84%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 68%
IMDb Rating 5.8 10 3126

Synopsis


Uploaded By: FREEMAN
September 15, 2021 at 11:07 AM

Cast

Krysten Ritter as Natacha
Stephen R. Hart as Evil Sorcerer
Jess Brown as Mom
Audrey Wasilewski as Additional Witch Voice
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947.73 MB
1280*534
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 43 min
P/S 338 / 2,234
1.9 GB
1920*800
English 5.1
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 43 min
P/S 221 / 1,880

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by flaviaseker 8 / 10

Not for younger kids!

The 13yo and I enjoyed "Nightbooks" very much, but even the 10yo was scared, and I was extremely relieved that the youngest was already sleeping. The story is actually a brilliant twist on "Hänsel und Gretel" and there was some great acting as well (plus I love Krysten Ritter), but the end has some odd parallels to "Hansel & Gretel - Witch Hunters". I'd definitely recommend it, but it's way too scary for younger children.

Reviewed by JurijFedorov 5 / 10

Not recommended for adults

It's super mediocre. I wanted to watch a modern children's movie, but they are all off and mediocre. Just like old children's movies really. At least now you get way better effects and a bit better acting. But largely it's not good movies. Maybe kids will like it? I can't say. It's a very basic story, the acting is acceptable to good. And the script is very mediocre at best. Often the characters just stand around and do nothing instead of trying to get themselves out of danger which is extremely lazy screenwriting and feels frustrating. A lot of smart decisions could have been made here, but weren't.

My main issue with this movie is the editing. They use multiple cameras and we constantly jump from person to person in dialogues. We get a lot of crooked shots from all angles and you have about a shot per second I think. The camera jumps from place to place even in calm scenes and you get dizzy and confused everywhere. The acting is also over the top. As I said the characters often just stand around in fear and look at the danger so you have a ton of scenes where the kids just scream or act sad which is where the movie really fails. Both the kids are good enough actors in calm scenes, but when the little boy needs to show any emotional range he is horrible. I'm not panning him. Rather the director should have guided the actors much better and made sure they could act out roles that fit their skills. Instead a good enough actor is forced to act out scenes he is just not skilled enough to do and the director clearly guides him into terrible decisions that make for bad scenes.

For adults this is a skip. It's not bad or boring. It just feels pointless and tame. The main story issue is how rushed the background story is. We are just put into the magical apartment while getting zero background info. So you can't even properly root for anyone as nothing here is introduced emotionally. Rather everything is introduced via dialogue. So if you want to know what they care for or what families they are from it's in the dialogue only. For a children's movie this is an especially horrible decision. It's also just lazy and bad writing for such a big production. The emotional pull in this movie is minimal at best because everything emotional is dialogue only.

But having said all that, just because it's not a good movie doesn't mean kids won't like it. Kids like plenty of terrible movies with bad plots. They may like this one if they like PG rated horror movies. It's also a bit better than the typical children's movie. That's not saying a lot, but there are some very great sets here that I did enjoy. Especially the library.

Reviewed by cdawleyjr 10 / 10

Excellent Halloween movie

Gave it a 10 to counter pedantic purist snobbery. The story was great. The acting was superb. There were no noticeable plot holes. The pacing is top notch. Character development was spot on. The effects could rival Lucasfilm. The bad reviews were from those that just couldn't get it. The editing alone should get an Oscar. The cinematography was groundbreaking work.

The set design was genius.

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