The classic story of loyalty, trust, and sacrifice comes to life in this live-action adaptation. Fern (Dakota Fanning) is one of only two living beings who sees that Wilbur is a special animal as she raises him, the runt of the litter, into a terrific and radiant pig. As Wilbur moves into a new barn, he begins a second profound friendship with the most unlikely of creatures – a spider named Charlotte – and their bond inspires the animals around them to come together as a family. When the word gets out that Wilbur’s days are numbered, it seems that only a miracle will save his life. A determined Charlotte – who sees miracles in the ordinary – spins words into her web in an effort to convince the farmer that Wilbur is “some pig” and worth saving.
“Charlotte’s Web” is an audience’s delight! This is a holiday film which every family in America can feel good about seeing. The story is essentially about keeping promises, as Charlotte does for Wilbur, by keeping her promise that he will live past Christmas. She takes special care of him to keep her word. The film also promotes friendship with those who are different. Who would have thought a spider and a pig could become such close friends? The cinematography and country scenes are exquisite. The CGI animation of Charlotte is so well done that it feels very much like watching and listening to a real spider. Dakota Fanning is compelling as the young heroine. There are many humorous moments in the film which are a tribute to good writing and direction. The film stays very close to the book by E.B. White, with only minor differences.
Just as the web draws people to visit Wilbur, with the words “Some Pig,” “Terrific” and “Humble”, this well-made film will draw in audiences this holiday season. Following The Dove Foundation screening one young girl exclaimed, “I liked the spiders and the horse!” There is one scene in which some newborn spiders yell, “Wheeee!” as they fly away to their new homes. In another scene the horse quite suddenly falls over on its side from fear. Your kids will be imitating some of these actions after they’ve seen this movie. This is one spider the whole family will love. “Charlotte’s Web” weaves its magic and is ‘Some Family Movie’ your kids will want to see this holiday season! We award this film five doves