Da'ud Bob's Movie Review
So, there it was, this 2017 movie, sitting in the Netflix list of movies
that Anna Sue believes I should review for you. And, she was out for the
evening, and I knew that she herself had no interest in seeing it.
(Sometimes she does. Especially the Chinese and Korean movies, as well as
the Indian and Japanese ones. This was none of those.) So I thought to
myself, “Why not?” and after a little preliminary research – discovering,
for example, that this film was the fourth in a series of, now, five
movies, which they don’t tell you in the titles, having actually only
numbered the third one – I sat myself down in my big ol’ La-Z-Bubba
recliner, grabbed my pen and paper, and hit “Play.” Because you really ought
to know about these flicks before you get trapped into watching one. (I have
already reviewed the first and third films in this series. I somehow missed
seeing the second one. I don’t know how. If I can find it, I’ll watch it and
review it for you. And I added the fifth one, released this year (2020) to
the Netflix list, so I’ll be seeing it, if not in “all the old familiar
places”, in the near future in the video watching room of my deluxe
double-wide.) Anyway, all of this is just to explain to you why it is that
this month, Da’ud Bob reviews for you what should have been titled DragonHeart
4, but instead was confusingly titled DragonHeart:
Battle for the Heartfire.
Starring Patrick Stewart as the voice of the dragon Drago, Tom Rhys Harries
as Edric, Jessamine-Bliss Bell as Meghan, André Eriksen as Thorgrim, Richard
Cordery as the Earl Robert, Martin Hutson as Osmund, Marte Germaine
Christensen as Sable, Ørjan Gamst as Krokr, and Daniel Berge Halvorsen as
Hakon, the basic plot of this film is: Drago the dragon was bonded with King
Gareth. When the King dies, his potential heirs, twin grandchildren who
possess the dragon's unique strengths, use their inherited powers against
each other to vie for the throne. When Drago's source of power, known as the
“Heartfire”, is stolen, more than the throne is at stake. The siblings must
end their rivalry with swords and sorcery, or the kingdom may fall. It is
really slightly more complicated than that, in part because since birth the
twins have, in addition to developing some superhuman powers through the
years, been “dragon-marked”; that is, Edric’s back has some scaly bits on
it, as does Meghan’s face. Her marks are harder to hide than this in
society, and of course townsfolk think she’s a witch and deserves to be
killed, so they separate (he thinks she killed their father, so there’s
that, too) only to meet again under trying circumstances.
Good Points: It’s only 98 minutes long. The CGI is very well done. Sir
Patrick Stewart as the voice of the dragon is a nice step back toward the
first movie, where the dragon was voiced by Sean Connery. (Robby Benson did
the voice of the dragon in the second installment, and Ben Kingsley did it
in DragonHeart 3. Stewart is an improvement.)
Bad Points: A lot of the costuming, which was from an odd mix of periods and
from no period at all. One dress looked like it was right out of the 1950s.
The castles were an odd mix of partially ruined and brand new construction.
The plot had a number of weaknesses, as well as characters with mixed, and
sometimes hard to fathom, motives. And why didn’t the dragon wake up while
she was stealing his heartfire?
Zero breasts. ½ gallon of blood. 22 dead bodies. Arrow fu. Fisticuffs. Sword
fu. Axe fu. Battleaxe fu. Dragon fire fu. Ball fu. Fire arrow fu. Spear fu.
Stone fu. Fighters roll. Waves roll. Gratuitous Moor. Gratuitous Vikings.
Gratuitous caterpillar. Academy Award nomination to Sir Patrick Stewart as
the voice of Drago the dragon, for making such a believable dragon voice. An
83 on the Vomit Meter. 1½ Stars. Da’ud Bob says, “I’ve warned you in the
past about how bad movies with a number in the title can be. They may have
left the number itself out of the title, but it’s still number four in the
series, and that should be warning enough. Check it out!”
movies and miniseries to watch for!
August 21, 2020 (this is at least the second time
the release date has been pushed back. No thanks, Covid!)
|To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden
secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China's greatest
heroines in the process. A live-action feature film based on
Disney's animated Mulan, starring Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen,
Jet Li, Li Gong, Jason Scott Lee.
December 25, 2020 (limited release) and
January 8, 2021 (wide release)
in 14th century France, King Charles VI declares that Knight
Jean de Carrouges settle his dispute with his squire by
challenging him to a duel. Directed by Ridley Scott, from a
screenplay written by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Starring
Matt Damon, Adam Driver, and Jodie Comer.
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