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Steve Coogan

'Wind' isn't breezy enough

Terry Jones' reworking of Kenneth Grahame's 1908 children's classic "The Wind in the Willows" for the screen looks great but plays dull. Rather than zesty and engaging, it comes across as arch and tedious, too often mechanical and lifeless.

The precious quality of the film suggests strongly it would have been far better done as animation than live action.

One fine day timid Mole (Steve Coogan) finds his comfy, well-appointed subterranean home shaken as if by an earthquake. His pompous, idiotic friend Toad (Jones), heir to a grand English estate, has sold off his meadow, long Mole's home, to Weasel (Anthony Sher) to satisfy his cravings to buy these newfangled...