Who’s in it?
Kate Maberly (Mary Lennox)
Maggie Smith (Mrs. Medlock)
Heydon Prowse (Colin Craven)
John Lynch (Lord Archibald Craven)
What’s it about?
Mary Lennox (Kate Maberly) is a young neglected child of a wealthy English couple, residing in India in the early 20th century. After an earthquake causes the untimely death of her parents, Mary is then sent to England to live with her widowed uncle, Lord Archibald Craven (John Lynch); her cousin Colin (Heydon Prowse), who is obsessed with death, as well as a strict and ill-mannered housekeeper, Mrs. Medlock (Maggie Smith). Mary is used to having tasks done for her but learns the art of self – sufficiency and encourages her cousin Colin to live life to the fullest and learn to take risks. When Mary discovers a key in her late aunt’s room that leads to a secret garden, she and Colin frequent the garden to overcome their problems and over time, eventually restore the beauty of the garden. Lord Craven eventually regains the joy and sense of humor he had thought he had lost, and previously unemotional Mary, who had never experienced emotions, learns to cry.
What did we like?
We liked when Colin realized that he had no boundaries and came out of his shell with Mary’s help and encouragement. We also liked when Colin learned to live life and take chances. We also liked When Uncle Archibald experienced joy in his life once again. He also realized happiness was still present, despite experiencing loss. We also liked how Colin and Mary experienced happiness at the end of the movie.
What didn’t we like?
We didn’t like how mean Mrs. Medlock was towards Mary and Colin. We also thought that it was sad when Mary’s parents died. We also thought at times, the film was difficult to follow.
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