The kids and I had a chance to recently review Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart DVD. I think this is one that we will watch again and again. I thought it was a great family movie.
It starts out in Edinburgh in 1874, which was the coldest day in history. A little boy named Jack was born and his heart was frozen solid. The midwife Madeleine took immediate action and saved his life by inserting a cuckoo-clock in place of his icy cold heart. Jack now has the will to live, but he has to follow three golden rules:
He must never touch the hands of the clock.
He must master his anger.
He must never, ever fall in love.
In the story he does fall in love at a young age. Madeleine was afraid that falling in love would break this heart. Miss Acacia was the love of his life from the moment he met her. She has a soul-stirring voice. I can’t remember at what age but he went out into the world for the first time. It’s like he was kept in a bubble most of his life.
When a fight happens he leaves and begins his journey of escape and pursuit to Paris. Where he funs into Miss Acacia’s Home in Andalusia. They meet again and visit together like 2 friends. She doesn’t want to date him because she feels that would be an insult to the love of her life. Little does she know at the time that it is Jack. I won’t go any further and tell you what happens as it will spoil the whole story for you.
This DVD is based on the novel by Mathias Malzieu, Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart. It’s a tale about love and heartbreak. The best thing about this movie was that Jack finally learns great joys. He is able to enjoy himself and allowed to feel, but it has great costs.
My son pretty much thinks of this movie as a musical as to him there was a lot of singing. He watched the movie so intensely and was really engaged into it. He said he really enjoyed it and that was the best I could get out of him.
I personally thought this was a great love story but with a heart breaking ending. I to though there was a lot of singing as well. And at times there was subtitles and they didn’t match what was being said. I don’t know if they automatically play or if my DVD player enabled it. So I was a little distracted at times. The subtitles are not through the whole movie. Which was a great thing. It too me a while to figure out what it meant by he must never touch the hands of the clock. Yes I know that is really simple but I didn’t put two and two together at first. Jack actually has to wind his clock. I wonder though if the enemy never came back and him and Miss Acacia had left if there would have been a different and happier ending.