I had the pleasure of watching this family friendly movie the other day. The premise is cliche, but the addition of these little “Borrowers” makes it a fun time! I say it’s “cliche” because we’ve all seen movies where an evil banker or businessman is trying to evict an innocent family. It’s happened over a dozen times at least, but that’s not what bothers me about this movie. What I have issues with is how easy it is for the Borrowers to find a human ally. It’s apparent that the family’s son is obsessed with the fact that things keep disappearing from the house. He even builds little mouse traps because I guess he must know the Borrowers need some obstacles. That is a little too on the nose, but still not my main issue. Whenever the son does spot and catch a Borrower, they become friends almost instantly. I guess it can be tough for an only child. Anyways, nobody thinks to call… I don’t know, who do you call in that situation? John Goodman calls pest control, which might be evil of him, but at least he’s doing something!
All that aside, there are things I liked about The Borrowers. For instance, the movie doesn’t explain how or why the Borrowers are so small. We just kind of jump right in, but we don’t really need an explanation and I think that’s refreshing compared to many movies today. For example, if this movie was made this year, or even 10 years ago, I bet they’d make up a reason for the Borrower’s condition, no matter how ridiculous it may be (falling into a vat of chemicals, lab testing, genie in a bottle, etc.). An explanation like any of those would have really tied this movie down, but the movie doesn’t care, and it’s better off for it. I had fun with this movie, and I think you will to! Happy Watching!
Side Note: Pre-Harry Potter reunion much? Also, there’s a hair color requirement to be a Borrower (Red). Gingers rejoice!