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MAGIC BOOK OF CRYSTALS, THE

What to know: Beautifully made, fascinating storyline.
MAGIC BOOK OF CRYSTALS, THE is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 8-15
67 minutes
FeatureFilm
LOU KRUISBERGEN
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The Magic Book of Crystals is a stunning film, lovingly made. From the opening scene to the end, the cinematography and storyline grabs you and keeps you engaged, although some transitions are a bit awkward.

The storyline is about a young girl (Mandy) , a mysterious woman (Doret) and a villain (Pieter). After the evil villain, Pieter steals a sword from Doret's magical house, Mandy and Doret undertake a mission to stop him. The plot is relatively simply and the execution is interesting.

The production values are excellent - from the camera work to the audio to the production design. I love the attention to detail in the props and costumes. Truly, the filmmaker has created a magical and mysterious movie. The props are very detailed, and the sets are beautiful to look at. The magic book in the film has a cool look and the magic sword is well crafted. The book is quite lovingly made and almost a character in and of itself. Doret's house and garden are beautiful, fascinating and magical. One of my favorite scenes is when Pieter picks up the magic sword's sheath from the ground and it magically floats right to his hand. That is a really cool maneuver.

The two lead female characters are well developed and have great facial and body expressions. There are a few transitions that don't quite make sense and the scene with Pieter showing Doret that he will cut her throat is a bit weird. Some of the talking characters (puppets) they encounter lack believability since they don't have full motion.

I give The Magic Book of Crystals 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 15.

Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror

The Magic Book of Crystals is a stunning film, lovingly made. From the opening scene to the end, the cinematography and storyline grabs you and keeps you engaged, although some transitions are a bit awkward.

The storyline is about a young girl (Mandy) , a mysterious woman (Doret) and a villain (Pieter). After the evil villain, Pieter steals a sword from Doret's magical house, Mandy and Doret undertake a mission to stop him. The plot is relatively simply and the execution is interesting.

The production values are excellent - from the camera work to the audio to the production design. I love the attention to detail in the props and costumes. Truly, the filmmaker has created a magical and mysterious movie. The props are very detailed, and the sets are beautiful to look at. The magic book in the film has a cool look and the magic sword is well crafted. The book is quite lovingly made and almost a character in and of itself. Doret's house and garden are beautiful, fascinating and magical. One of my favorite scenes is when Pieter picks up the magic sword's sheath from the ground and it magically floats right to his hand. That is a really cool maneuver.

The two lead female characters are well developed and have great facial and body expressions. There are a few transitions that don't quite make sense and the scene with Pieter showing Doret that he will cut her throat is a bit weird. Some of the talking characters (puppets) they encounter lack believability since they don't have full motion.

I give The Magic Book of Crystals 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 15.

Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror

When Mandy moves to a new place, she is attracted to a magical house. A mysterious woman named Doret lives in this house, she's the last living guardian of an age old magic book. When a sword is stolen from the house, Mandy and Doret must join forces to fight the evil. From the Netherlands with dialogue in Dutch, English subtitles
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