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The Wishing Tree back to product details

Sweet but disappointing
written by Texan99 September 4, 2010 - 11:53 AM PDT
Very affecting performances by Alfre Woodard and Blair Underwood, together with lovely scenery, cannot quite rescue this production from the uninspired screenplay and the TV-sitcom level of the rest of the cast. It is an appealing whimsical story, and many viewers (including this one) will be beguiled by the animal-charming skills of the mysterious Woods Dweller. Nevertheless, the children, whose function is to initiate both us and the estranged, unhappy Woodard character into the magic, suffer from the same blandness as their earnest families and neighbors. The movie toys with some racial tension between the black Woodsman and Ms. Woodard, on the one hand, and the white family who took in Ms. Woodard's mother years ago as a kind of servant or ward, on the other, but the script plays things too safe for any deep feeling. The bumbling, kindly white family lives in some idyllic exurban neighborhood near an equally bland, prosperous, contented black couple, who spend way too much time beaming at each other and dispensing kindly wisdom, but otherwise seem a gratuitous intrusion into the simple plot. Against this backdrop, Blair Underwood's wild mute character, though about as realistic as a fairy tale, is a refreshing relief. I could have used more of the fairy tale atmosphere and less of the Velveeta. Even so, the movie made for an agreeable couple of hours.


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