Horrid Henry: The Movie (2011) starring Theo Stevenson, Anjelica Huston, Richard E. Grant, Parminder Nagra, Mathew Horne, Noel Fielding directed by Nick Moore Movie Review

Horrid Henry: The Movie (2011)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Theo Stevenson in Horrid Henry: The Movie (2011)


Henry (Theo Stevenson) is a misbehaving young boy with an over active imagination and a comical dislike for his teacher, Miss Battleaxe (Anjelica Huston). It is because of Henry and his Purple Hand Gang that when the inspectors show up at school that things go disastrously wrong and Miss Battleaxe gets fired whilst the school ends up on probation. Worst of all for Henry is that he finds himself being moved to an all girl's private school and so has to find a way with his behaving brother Peter (Ross Marron) to save his old school especially when it turns out not all is as it seems.

Erm, what can I say about "Horrid Henry: The Movie" other than to say this is a children's movie which might entertain children who have an issue with concentrating on anything for a few seconds. What that means is for grown ups who find themselves watching this whether with a child or not will find it a horrid experience of noise and colour and more noise and colour with people shouting in what feels like every single scene.

Now the synopsis I wrote for "Horrid Henry: The Movie" really covers only a few scenes in the movie because the majority of the movie is about Henry's general misbehaving with various pranks and his over imagination. That means we have scenes of buckets of gunge falling on people when they open doors, Henry imagining he is a dinosaur and lots and lots of shouting. I am serious as I don't think I have come across another movie which has consisted of so much shouting, of children talking over one another and screaming at each other and I am sorry but it is purely horrendous. Oh and that is not to mention the numerous musical numbers which occur which just add to the general noise level and sense of headache inducing chaos.

The one thing which "Horrid Henry: The Movie" has going for it is a surprisingly decent cast which at least provides the amusement of surprise for adults when they suddenly recognize someone such as a Parminder Nagra as the lovely Miss Lovely. Plus there is Angelica Huston as Miss Battleaxe who I reckon must have watched Gudrun Ure in "Super Gran" to get her Scottish accent.

What this all boils down to is that "Horrid Henry: The Movie" is a horrid experience for adults who end up watching it and in truth I wonder if it is any better for children as all it seems is noise and colour with little else going on.