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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Movie Review # 23 Dragon Hunters (2008)

Release: 2008
Guillaume Ivernel
Arthur Qwak
Arthur Qwak
Frederic Lenoir
Forrest Whitaker
Rob Paulson
Mary Matilyn Mouser
John Di Maggio

Rotten Tomatoes: 67% Critics 60% Audience
IMDB: 6.8/10
Netflix: 3.6 Stars

Dragon Hunters is based on the Dragon Hunters television that aired in 2004 in France. Then aired in United States on Stars. If you have never seen an episode then you are missing one of the best animated shows in come out in years. The same can be said of the movie. As it branches out and finishes off the story of Gwizdo, Lian-Chu and Hector the Dragon. All of whom are traveling Dragon Hunters who more bumbling fools than real Dragon Hunters.

This premise of average every day men. taking on challenges of killing dragons for coin and luxury is a tried and true formula. Made popular in the movie Dragonheart that starred Sean Conery as the voice of the Dragon. That might be the closest analogy I can come up with this world and its core group of characters. As each bring something to the table. Lian-Chu is the muscle, Gwizdo is the swift talking salesman that fails. Then there is Hector a little blue dragon that shoots fire from his crouch.

So here is the story. The World Gobbler has come back to life and a young girl goes out in search of a great Knight to take it on as her Uncle is blind and unable to. So in the process of running away from home she stumbles into the path of Lian-Chu and Gwizdo and from there the movie takes off as they agree with the Uncle of Zoe that upon killing they get paid. So thats the story for the most part.

Very generic but could not be more fun. Just like how Shrek took common stories and turned them on its ear. This movie takes a generic tale and does the same thing. As its brilliant writing and acting come through in shining color. As the film does an excellent job in making you believe the characters are in peril and are going to die etc. I will add this in. This movie is not for small children and should be viewed by kids of at least 11 or older. As its story and its animation are often dark and violent.

But never bloody or vile. Just scary and dark similar to what you would get from watching the Adam's Family movies in the 90's or maybe a teen horror film that is pg-13. Now for the animation and acting! Wow is all I can say as this film hits great marks on all of them including music. As it goes above and beyond what a lot of American films do. Which says a lot about this movie. It is honestly up there with How to Train Your Dragon on being that good of a film.

That at being one that we Americans have never seen and most likely will pass over on the Netflix cue. I strongly recommend that you check this movie out. If you are a fan of fantasy, dragons or just want a setting for a new Dungeon and Dragons campaign that you are starting. This is a great movie to enjoy and use as a tool to start your brain going in that fantasy type mindset.

Rating: 4.25/5 Stars

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