Rated: PG Reviewed by: Frank Release date: April 2, 1993 Released by: Walt Disney Pictures
Elijah Wood may be my favorite actor. This 12-year-old steals your heat while giving an intelligent performance as the classic American hero, Huck Finn.
Kids from seven and up will laugh, smile, suffer and cheer as Jim (Courtney B. Vance) and Huck move up and down the Mississippi River looking for freedom for Jim, a runaway slave. Along the way they are forced to accompany The Duke (Robbie Coltrane Nuns on the Run) and The King (Jason Robards) swindlers who hold them hostage with their secret. The twists and turns of the story are ageless. What young boy wouldn't enjoy Huck's freedom to run free on the Mississippi?
The question of slavery is presented from the view of Huck who sees it as normal and Jim who asks "but is it right?"
Wood may be a little cute for Huck Finn, but he is completely believable as spunky and bright with an edge of mischievousness in his soul. Vance shows his cautiousness and the strength it took to hold back his anger while teaching Huck to do the right thing. Mark Twain's American classic comes alive again as Huck would say: This is a mighty fine entertainment.
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