The 4 kid's lives change all over night, and what happens to the whole family. (by erynely55)
This was a amazing plot with so much feeling and emotion to it. How the story goes, and the plot to it, amazing. I wont give away any spoilers but i will tell you, that if you like to watch hopeless love and things that could never think be possible happen overnight, watch this movie! It's got so much depth to it, on learning to be responsible at such an age, and the hopeless love of two people so unexpected, and all the lies, and the secrets hidden behind their bedroom door, and the way that the kids go from everything's perfect and nothing will change, to living, hidden from the out <more>
doors for over 2 doors. I hope that they continue the movies in the series, I would love to see what happens and what Lifetime's productions will do to make the movie.
A good, well written and directed film which mostly follows the plot in the book, sometimes in different orders. The children actors are good and exactly like the Dresden dolls in the book, and looked close to the age of the characters in the book. Although this could have been better as the twins were only 4 when they went in and the child actors were around 7 throughout the film, therefore not showing they aged. This could have linked to the second book/film. The film showed a good relationship between the children and how things would have been trapped in an attic for over 3 years. Some <more>
acting could be better, especially from Heather Graham. Clothes and props were good although some were too "new" for the 1950s. Not as good as the original film in my opinion, where the characters were more blond e and although this didn't follow the story directly it was slightly better written.
This was one of those movies that really made me angry. To me, that's a sign of a good movie. I know my blood pressure went up! For those who gave it a low rating because it didn't meet their expectations after reading the book, you can't expect a 90 minute movie to be exactly like the book. Especially with such an emotion provoking subject. I highly recommend watching.
Fantastic Fun (by cnycitylady)
Finally, a version of this movie we can all appreciate and love, am I right? The '87 version ain't got nothing on this. The acting was on point and the story actually stuck to the original narrative. Kiernan Shipka, of Man Men, captured the resilience and defiant nature of Cathy so perfectly, and professionally sprinkled her with desire and trust. She turned a character some would call spiteful and cruel into one that is brave, honest, loyal and true. Heather Graham made you hate Corrine and Ellen Burstyn added that sympathetic tone to the grandmother. The cast knew full well just how <more>
to portray these heavy characters without making it seem unreal. Anyone who is not familiar with the book already will want to read it as soon as this movie ends. The Lifetime network took one of the most beloved and tortured novels of all time and made it into a beautiful love story that even the most uptight zealot can appreciate. 8.3/10
the story revolves around a dysfunctional family after the death of the father. (by ayushsingh1996)
the movie is well played throughout. the cast is beautifully assembled. the story line is good and induces a theme of horror without any ghosts or supernatural element. the characters Cathy and Christopher are well played by the actors. the story revolves around a dysfunctional family after the death of the father. the mother moves them all to their grandparents whom they have never met. the four children are made to stay in an attic for nearly two years, while their mother moves on without them. it shows the struggles they undergo due to isolation and their learning of the truth and dealing <more>
with it. the isolation and its effect on the children is shown very carefully including the incest which was handled well..
A interesting film that manages to deliver on most promises (by arussell23)
In lieu of the upcoming conclusion to the Dollanganger series, I decided to revisit the first two films in this lovely series. Keep in mind that I have not read the books, nor do I plan to in the immediate future. Ready? Begin.FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC, the first film in the series, follows four siblings and their mother as they are forced to stay with their evil grandmother after the death of their father. Once they get to Foxworth Hall, they soon realize all is not as it appeared, for once they get there, they are locked up in the attic, and that's when the film gets good.Let me say right <more>
off the bat, I knew going in that there would be incestous elements to the story. That didn't bother me that much, because I'm not as grossed out by the weird stuff as some people are and believe me, those people would HATE this movie . I think the film did it well, to be honest. It was done in a way that it didn't overshadow the movie, and it was somewhat tasteful.The best performance definitely came from Ellen Burstyn, and there is no question that she did a fantastic job as the evil grandmother. I won't spoil it, but her performance during a climatic scene is very well done. The other performances are pretty good as well, Heather Graham does a good job as Corrine, the mother who does some pretty nasty stuff while they're at the home.The kids do good as well, but the standouts are definitely the characters of Christopher and Cathy, played by Mason Dye and Kiernan Shipka. They both own their roles and really try their best to sell you on the fact that they are two siblings that suddenly have romantic attraction to each other.I loved the atmosphere of the film and it was shot very beautifully. It's a great looking film, one I would love to see on something like Blu-Ray. However, every rose has it's thorn, and there are a few things I didn't like in this movie.For one thing, the plot didn't really make sense at times. I won't spoil it, but something is revealed about why Corrine went there in the first place, and one of the key players in that dies, and the kids don't know about it. Now, don't get me wrong, it's plausible that they could stay in the attic, but wouldn't people hear their footsteps?Other than that, and some minor inconsistencies and dialogue screw- ups, the film was pretty decent, especially for a Lifetime movie. I'd watch it again, if I was bored on a weekend. 7/10.