A TV movie in every sense of the phrase.
16 year old Virginia's family is uprooted from their home and friends in America, and forced to live in rural England while the father completes a scientific research project there. Teenage girls should enjoy this film, what with the fairy tale romance theme, and the two handsome men paying Virginia much attention, one offering romance, and one offering romantic guidance; younger kids should enjoy the 400 year old ghost and blood-stain-that-won't go away mystery; adults may find the plot doesn't hold their attention quite as much. Nev Campbell as 16 year old Virginia and Patrick Stewart as the ghost offer up good performances. This film is a pleasant interlude for the entire family, and worth a watch. Still undecided? If you enjoyed the film "The Princess Diaries (2001)", I expect you'll like this one too.
Mediocre production values and lackluster family dynamics almost sink this but then in the second half, Patrick Stewart as the rather Skakespearean ghost and his relationship with the teenaged Neve Campbell pull off a remarkable turn around.
If your looking for a Hallmark/family style movie this might work for you, however considering it is supposed to be based on Oscar Wilde's book I think it missed the mark. The two primary actors did a great job with a poorly written script. The other characters were over acted and underdeveloped.
Not as good as the original but also not as bad as I thought it would be. This time next year would watch it again.
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