Julia Roberts as Charlotte the Spider
Steve Buscemi as Templeton the Rat
Dominic Scott Kay as Wilbur
Dakota Fanning as Fern
Charlotte’s Web is a very successful novel written by E.B White aimed at children but beloved by adults alike so it is no surprise that the film adaptation was also a complete success. The screenplay is as charming and inspiring as the original novel and is largely kept true to the story, there is no sense that this has been modernised to capture the interest of the masses. It simply lets the integrity of the message and some quality storytelling take centre stage.
This adaptation blends the live action with cgi elements seamlessly to create a genuinely enjoyable movie for both children and adults. The characters are very well cast, Julia Robert’s Charlotte is a forever calming influence to the excitable Dominic Scott Kay’s Wilbur and Dakota Fanning gives an admirable performance as the caring Fern. The loving message of friendship, trust, loyalty and adventure that is so clear in the novel translates so well on screen that this is quite simply a lovely feel good movie that everybody can enjoy with the odd tear jerking moment thrown in for good measure.
Title: Charlotte’s Web
Author: E.B White
Cover Copy: “Help is coming from above! Charlotte’s Web is the magical tale of Fern, a little girl who saves her pig, Wilbur, with the help of a most unusual spider.”
My Thoughts: I read this book numerous times when I was a child and reading it as an adult is just as enjoyable. It is a heart warming tale of friendship and an education of life lessons as Fern, Wilbur and Charlotte navigate a series of obstacles in order to save Wilbur.
Charlotte’s Web is written in such vivid detail that it is perfect way to engage children’s imaginations whilst teaching them lessons on friendship, the passing of time, loneliness and loss. The characters are well rounded and cleverly developed so that there is never a sense that White is talking down to the reader as the lessons are explored. Charlotte’s Web draws the reader in with a warm, affectionate tale about trust and loyalty, adventure and miracle, life and the acceptance of death. It is a wonderful classic to read with your children or just to recapture your own youth!
“Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’ ‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.”
“She was in a class by herself. It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.”
“Trust me, Wilbur. People are very gullible. They’ll believe anything they see in print.”
The clever prose and lovable characters make this book utterly enjoyable for any reader. E.B White’s Charlotte’s Web is a charming, heart warming tale of friendship that has the ability to delight both the young and the young at heart.