Five Children and It

Five Children and It

John Stephenson (2) (2004)

U Certificate


Our Score
If it wasn't for the splendid voice talent of comedian Eddie Izzard as the titular sand fairy "It", this family adventure would be a totally lacklustre affair. Adapted from one of The Railway Children author E Nesbit's classic novels, the feature follows the summer exploits of five London siblings during the First World War. Evacuated to the seaside mansion of their unconventional uncle (Kenneth Branagh), they discover an irritable, ancient beach creature (Izzard), known as a Psammead, who possesses amazing wish-granting powers. With its blend of magic, mischief and oddball characters, the tale has an almost Harry Potter-like vibe. However, the flat script, school play-style over-acting and poor special effects ensure any similarities end there. Izzard's cheeky humour and eccentric tones bring the animatronic "It" to life beautifully. Yet, despite his quality, scene-stealing turn, the film never escapes its children's TV drama ambience. Ultimately, it's enjoyable enough to watch but too amateurish to make a lasting impression.


Five brothers and sisters are sent to live with their uncle in the country during the First World War. Their worries are soon forgotten when they encounter a mysterious creature who offers to grant them one wish each day. Fantasy, adapted from the classic tale by E Nesbit, with Eddie Izzard as the voice of the magical creature. Starring Kenneth Branagh, Zoe Wanamaker, Tara FitzGerald and Freddie Highmore.

Cast & Crew

Uncle Albert Kenneth Branagh
Martha Zoë Wanamaker
It Eddie Izzard
Robert Freddie Highmore
Cyril Jonathan Bailey
Anthea Jessica Claridge
Jane Poppy Rogers
Mother Tara FitzGerald
Peasemarsh John Sessions
Nesbit Norman Wisdom
Father Alex Jennings
Director John Stephenson (2)
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: PathéAvailable on: video and DVDReleased on: 15 Oct 2004
Drama Children's