Phil's Quick Capsule Review

The Secret Garden (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Sometimes you watch a film that has all the right ingredients – good cast, well shot and competently directed – but yet for some reason it just doesn’t connect or inspire.  That film for me is The Secret Garden, the latest (and 4th) adaptation of the Frances Hodgson Burnett novel.   Much like the recent remake of Rebecca, The Secret Garden suffers from its now dated source material, material that now feels very obvious and out of time in the 21st century.  By the end (and it’s not a long film) I was pretty ready for it to finish and move onto something else.

Best Bit: The garden is wonderfully realised

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Black Beauty, Bridge to Terabithia, Anne of Green Gables , Hugo 

5 out of 10 stars


Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...