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The Secret Kingdom – a Review

A touching and revelatory story about the relationship between two siblings; one anxious, one carefree, and their quest in a magical land beneath their world. The film follows the tradition of classic fantasy adventure films, and brings to mind so many great fantasy adventures; there are touches of Alice Through the Looking Glass, Gremlins, Krull, Labyrinth, The Neverending Story, Harry Potter, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Indiana Jones and the children's program The Adventure Game (anyone else remember that?). My children haven't seen half of those, but they thoroughly enjoyed The Secret Kingdom for the cute or scary creatures that were met on the way, the brilliant, visually stunning steampunk elements, and the excitement of the children's adventure.

"It was really good. I liked the little light bulb dragonflies and the bit with the little monkey creature being like the Wizard of Oz." L (aged 11)

"It was so good. I really enjoyed it and I loved all of the steampunk parts. It felt like an immersive magical adventure and I liked the fact that the clues were fun riddles to solve."  B (aged 12)

Elizabeth Wickenden

Director - Grapevine Media Group Ltd

 

Synopsis:

A magical fantasy adventure for the entire family, full of unforgettable characters and breathtaking worlds to discover. The Secret Kingdom follows Peter (Sam Everingham, Hardball) and his sister Verity (Alyla Browne, Nine Perfect Strangers) who, after moving to their dad’s old family home, unexpectedly fall through their bedroom floorboards and uncover a whole new mystical world called The Below. Here they encounter a civilization of fantastical creatures, including Pling the pangolin, Mendax a fearsome dragon and Ego/Ergo, a two-headed turtle! Peter will have to face his fears to find his way home. Also starring Alice Parkinson (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Beth Champion (The Legend of the Five) and Gabrielle Chan (The Twelve).

The Secret Kingdom is written and directed by Matt Drummond (My Pet Dinosaur).

Signature Entertainment presents The Secret Kingdom Only in Cinemas 21st July

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