A group of children travel the universe to find their missing father.
The film played with light and dark particularly well. Colours and grey tones were used to really showcase light versus dark.
The plot really didn't make any sense.
There was an abhorrent lack of science to go along with the film.
Clichés like "love is the answer" and "do you trust me" were only a few examples of a plagued script.
Wooden acting from the cast in most of the film made it slow-moving.
The special effects ranged from "amazing" with the vibrant scenery to "awful" with the weird leaf creature.
I remember reading the book as a child and remember it fondly. I recall being overjoyed when I discovered that there were more books in the series and was able to read them as well. I chose to not read the books as an adult so that seeing the film wouldn't be tainted. I don't think reading the books would have made a lick of difference because the film couldn't find its own two legs to stand on regardless. I don't know of anything that could have saved what I was watching. Everything, despite the great use of light and vibrant versus dark and gloomy, was wasted with this film. I can easily say I am not a fan and feel like it really missed its mark.