What is a blessing to one person is sometimes a curse to another.
The Tuck family's gift proves to be both a blessing and a curse.
Director Jay Russell, who last brought us the delightful and heart-warming
MY DOG SKIP, is back with TUCK EVERLASTING, a sweet little picture
that feels like a short story but is based on Natalie Babbitt's novel.
Both a serious fairy tale and a lovely romance, it stars two attractive,
relatively unknown actors, Jonathan Jackson and Alexis Bledel, as
Jesse Tuck and Winnie Foster, a pair of 17-year-old lovers who keep
their romance strictly within the film's PG-rating. It's another
heart-warming production that Disney should be justly proud of.
Complimenting Jackson and Bledel is an especially fine cast of supporting
actors, including William Hurt and Sissy Spacek as Jesse's parents
and Victor Garber and Amy Irving as Winnie's parents. In a scene
stealing role, Ben Kingsley plays the character known only as the
"Man in the Yellow Suit." The story is set just before the outbreak
of World War I in America, but even back then a guy in a bright yellow
suit, a big hat and long hair stood out. Think Liberace channeling
Buffalo Bill. Kingsley isn't asked to say much, but, with his outfit,
speech is pretty much superfluous anyway. His mysterious character
is tracking the even more mysterious Tucks for reasons not initially
stated. Some reviewers -- probably most -- will reveal why the Tucks
are in hiding, but I won't.
Winnie is a rebellious rich girl who yearns to get out of prison.
She spends her life trapped behind the iron bars of the fence that
surrounds her yard. Although the bars are there to keep strangers
out, she views them more as keeping her in. Through what proves to
be a fortuitous set of circumstances, Winnie finds herself being sort
of kidnapped by the Tucks. While a nominal hostage, she discovers
freedom for the first time in her life, and it is absolutely exhilarating.
Handsomely filmed and beautifully scored, the movie is set mainly
in the lush and deep woods near Winnie's house. The ending is perfect
and will likely leave a smile in your heart and perhaps a tear or two on your cheek.
TUCK EVERLASTING runs 1:28. It is rated PG for "some violence."
It would be acceptable for kids of all ages but would probably interest
only those over seven.
My son Jeffrey, age 13, gave it ***, commenting that the plot had
some interesting new parts yet the romance was classic.
Copyright © 2002 Steve Rhodes