Nim’s Island is the perfect movie if your movie companion is a girl between the ages of 7 and 11. Simply put it is a children’s movie of considerable charm and if you avoid the obvious questions to just sit back and enjoy it then you will have a good time.
There is nothing over taxing or challenging about Nim’s Island. What small amount of violence and risk taking there are in the movie are mostly cartoon in presentation and execution so there is nothing much in the way of frightening content on the screen.
The obvious questions that are never addressed in the movie are legion. What kind of a father keeps his daughter isolated from contact with the rest of humanity? Why isn’t Jodie Foster better at comedy? Does Nim (Abigail Breslin) really understand the difference between fantasy and reality? This final question is actually brought into sharp focus very briefly when vacationers invade Nim’s Island and she encounters one of them in the jungle. Alexandra Rover (Jodie Foster) is an unlikely rescuer for Nim after Nim’s father disappears during an overnight excursion. Alexandra is an agoraphobic who miraculously overcomes her phobia in a matter of a few minutes to not only exit her door but also take a plane trip half way around the world. If you don’t look too close though it works.
Willing suspension of disbelief is the stock and trade of the cinema and a must have if you are going to indulge in Nim’s Island. At the core of this movie it is an adventure in which the true hero of the story is a nine year old girl who never loses faith in herself or her father.
Nim’s Island is definitely worthwhile family viewing.