Anything can happen on “Nim’s Island,” a magical place ruled by a young girl’s imagination. It is an existence that mirrors that of her favorite literary character, Alex Rover- the world’s greatest adventurer. But Alexandra, the author of the Rover books, leads a reclusive life in the big city. When Nim’s father goes missing from their island, a twist of fate brings her together with Alexandra. Now, they must draw courage from their fictional hero, Alex Rover, and find strength in one another to conquer “Nim’s Island.”
“Nim’s Island” tries to fill a niche that is often either overlooked or screwed up by film studios–lighthearted teenage adventure movies. This is the type of movie that could have gone either way–instead it went the path easiest to travel–mediocrity. It’s interesting that Nim has access to every thing the world could provide, in terms of technology at least, and still not have to be told to go out and play with her sea lion. Big joke right? Now you understand how the film went.
One of the positive aspects of the movie is that its very endearing and uplifting for younger viewers. Sadly, the great cast suffer from isolation. Each is asked to carry their portions, not that they lack skill to pull off such a feat, they just have nothing to work with.
If your goal is to keep yourself mildly amused this weekend “Nim’s Island” can help you lose touch with the world for a little while at least. But if your phone vibrates or you need more popcorn, its easy to forget this movie and move on without much concern. Next week we’ll have all but have forgotten about this little mediocrity.
Watch the trailer: