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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Movie Review # 110 Dragonheart: A New Beginning (2000)

Release: 2000
Director: Doug Lefler
Writer(s): Patrick Read Johnson, Charles Edward Pogue, Shari Goodhartz
Cast: Christopher Masterson, Harry Von Gorkum, Rona Figueroa

Rotten Tomatoes: 52% Audience
IMDb: 4.5/10 Stars
Netflix: 3.4 Stars

Adorable, cute, funny, silly and magical. That is how I describe Dragonheart: A New Beginning. Not only did this whimsical tale captivate me it pulled me in and had me fall in love with Drake the Dragon and Geoff (pronounced Joff). Both of which where growing and becoming what they where which is heroes.

Their trials where not with out pitfalls and side splitting hilarious moments. One in particular had me crying I was laughing so hard. All I will say teaching I dragon how to blow fire could not have been more comical than this. The other is teaching a dragon to blow ice. Both of these scenes have comedic timing that are so perfect that you can not do anything but laugh.

Still this movie is not a comedy it is a fantasy adventure movie that settles into the mythos of its predecessor beautifully.  That being Dragonheart that was directed by Rob Cohen and starring Sean Connery and Dennis Quaid that came out in 1996. Which is also one of my favorite fantasy movies of all time. So for me to speak highly of this movie shows that they did do something right.

Sadly not all is right with this movie. As their are scenes of horrible acting often by the non main cast. With exception of one scene with Master Kwan (Henry O) where he couldn't get out his lines as he stutters over them. Other than that one scene the movie was wonderful and I just will add in vastly superior to anything that The Asylum and SyFy Pictures ever puts out.

That is including the special effects and CGI in the movie. Which is amazingly done with a high end standard that makes a lot of modern tv shows and movies jealous. As Drake is fully articulate and is believable through out. With exception to a few scenes here and there. But that is just being nit picky and as a whole this movie is moving touching and great.

It is also just a wonderful movie to watch with your kids, or if you just love fantasy movies in general. As it teaches morals, values and the true meaning of friendship. That and you can not beat a movie with an awesome dragon in it.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

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