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|Originaltitel:||Storm – Letters vaan vuur|
|Genre:||Adventure, Children's Movie|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 105 Min|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
During the Reformation, 12-year-old Storm (Davy Gomez) lived with his parents in Antwerp. His father Klaas (Yorick van Wageningen) runs a print shop here. The family leads a simple but contemplative life until Klaas accepts a secret order to print a letter from Martin Luther. Thus he is targeted by the merciless inquisitor Frans Van der Hulst (Peter Van den Begin), who has Klaas arrested. But before the city guard can destroy the letter, Storm manages to flee with the setting ship. With the help of the orphan Marieke (Juna de Leeuw), Storm must now try to save his father from the stake and bring the letter to safety. A merciless hunt begins through the city, which becomes an important fight for freedom…
"Storm and the Forbidden Letter" shows how a really good children's film can look if the makers take their target audience seriously and trust them that they can find a film without cool sayings, flat fart jokes and completely overdrawn characters. Director Dennis Bots has staged a really thrilling film, which can come up with convincing actors, an atmospheric set and neat effects. In addition, the history of tolerance is highly topical, especially with regard to a person's faith. However, Bots resists the temptation to convey this message all too clumsily with the moral index finger, which is highly to his credit.
Naturally the figures are drawn on one side. The Inquisitor is the walking cliché of a film villain and even the man who betrayed Storm can be seen in the first scene in which he appears. Nevertheless, the whole thing simply works, since the script and the actors can breathe life into the characters enough to comfort them about possible clichés. The narrative tempo is coherent, whereby Bots also doesn't shy away from breaking through the tension with a few quieter moments, which give the younger viewers the opportunity to relax and the film characters a bit more depth.
"Storm and the Forbidden Letter" is a great children's film: a timelessly good, exciting adventure with an important message, good actors and atmospheric images. A real stroke of luck, which hopefully will find its audience here in the whole jungle of animated films and 3D adventures. Absolutely worth seeing!
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