Movie Review: Secret of the Wings (2012)

by StevenHelmer

A review of the 2012 animated movie starring Mae Whitman and Lucy Hale.

Synopsis: Tinkerbell sneaks into the forbidden Winter Woods and discovers she has a long-lost sister. However, their reunion appears to be short-lived because warm-weather fairies can't survive in the Winter Woods and the winter fairies can't survive in the warmer temps, forcing them to stay separated.

Who's In It?

The animated movie uses voices from Mae Whitman, Lucy Hale, Timothy Dalton, Lucy Liu and Grey DeLisle.

Review

My youngest daughter wanted to have a family movie night a couple nights ago. So, while I picked up a couple frozen pizzas on my way home from work, I told her to pick out a movie on Netflix. This is the one she decided on.

Even though her and her older sister had seen this film before, this was the first time I took the time to watch it. And, to be honest, as someone who isn't a big Tinkerbell fan, I was expecting it to seem like the longest 75 minutes of my life. However, as it turns out, this was actually a pretty decent movie.

The story about two sisters who were separated by where they lived was intriguing. I've seen similar plots in other movies. But, the fact either one of them could die simply by staying in the wrong climate too long was an interesting twist. And, while Tinkerbell (Whitman) had some pretty creative ideas about how to overcome that problem, her solutions had their own limitations too.

As I was pretty much expecting, some parts of the movie were a little predictable, especially when Tinkerbell learns the backstory about why the Winter Woods were off limits (it wasn't too hard to figure out which two fairies were responsible for the rule).

That being said, there were also quite a few other parts of this movie that weren't nearly as predictable as I thought they would be, especially when Tinkerbell's efforts to bridge the divide result in a deep freeze that threatens the warm-weather fairies. The problem she and the other fairies were facing was actually complex to the point it seemed as impossible to overcome as their inability to adapt to other climates.

My only real complaint about this movie is I'm still a little confused about how her sister (Hale) became a Winter Woods fairy when she, in all other ways, was identical to Tinkerbell. Was it simply because that is where she ended up or is there more to the selection process? The movie wasn't overly long so it wouldn't have been too hard to fit in a basic explanation about that.

Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

Disney invites you on an incredible journey to an amazing new world, in a motion picture event that will take your breath away. For the fairies of Pixie Hollow, the Winter Woods...

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Final Opinion

I'm not ready to sit down and have a marathon session of Tinkerbell movies. But, this one did exceed my expectations. Overall, I thought it was a surprisingly good family film and is one I would recommend.

My Grade: A

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Updated: 06/01/2017, StevenHelmer
 
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DerdriuMarriner on 08/05/2017

StevenHelmer, Me too, I wondered about how Periwinkle and Tinkerbell could be sisters from the same baby laughter but separated so early on as to have no memories of that time. Also, I wondered why it was that Tink's wing healed from contact with Peri's even though Milori's does not from presumed contact with the love of his love, Clarion.

judy on 06/02/2017

We saw this movie & also enjoyed it

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