Big question: Is this Australian family flick's magic all in its head?
Catch it: If you've ever had imaginary friends of your own. Did you, like KellyAnne, also give one of them a wooden leg?
Bottom line: It's nice to see Ashmol be such a good brother, but this is fodder for a psychological drama that prefers to be a dull fantasy without any stylistic flourishes. Though opals and imaginary people are both things you search for no matter how small the chance of finding them, a movie about that shouldn't act as if parents appeasing their messed-up child is as moving as people actually giving in to the power of belief.
Bonus: Whether he's looking for real or imaginary children, a man simply should never try to find them by offering a lollipop in his pocket. That just doesn't sound right.
Matt Pais is the metromix movies producer.
Directed by Peter Cattaneo; screenplay by Cattaneo, Ben Rice and Phil Traill; photographed by Robert Humphreys; edited by Jim Clark and Nicolas Gaster; production design by Elizabeth Mary Moore; music by Dario Marianelli; produced by Lizie Gower, Nick Morris and Emile Sherman. A Strand Releasing release; opens Friday. Running time: 1:26. MPAA rating: PG (for mild thematic elements, language and some violence).
Kellyanne - Sapphire Boyce
Ashmol - Christian Byers
Rex - Vince Colosimo
Annie - Jacqueline McKenzie