Friday, January 30, 2015


Isme Action Hai, Romance Hai, Fantasy Hai...

1 star

Mini Review:

Dragons and witches, ghostly spirits and castles, monsters and men in tights, swords and magic, a hero who looks like a poor man's Keanu Reeves... Oh! There's Jeff Bridges too, and Julianne Moore captures him with her steel tail. What's not to like?

Main Review:

When you know that the special effects giant John Dykstra (Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Firefox, Batman, Spiderman 2, X Men First Class) has worked on this film, you go in expecting a treat. It doesn't disappoint because your heart is in your mouth more than a couple of times. The mega humongo bear who changes size at will, the dragons, the beautiful but deadly leopard morphs into gorgeous but deadly woman, the big gentle giant (who thankfully remains just that), singing trees and talking butterflies (should have been there, they would fit right in) not to mention ghostly spirits that fly about filling the scenery...

Jeff Bridges is crusty, but his weird beard sort of kills the crush we could have had... Julianne Moore's steel tail and spine are nothing less than amazing, but she fails to instill fear. 
It's also not Ben Barnes' fault that he looks like a poor man's Keanu Reeves. Trouble is, you don't care if he's 'the one' like we do for Neo in the Matrix.

There's also a beautiful young witch made for Ben. And moonlight. And kissing. But you don't care. You wish there was a little more to the story and a lot less predictability - a movie that was promised in the trailer.

Alas, the story is so straightforward you begin to wonder if this is why there is a long list of stars who dropped out of this movie (Jennifer Lawrence, Imogen Poots) why this movie has been so delayed, and mostly why A R Rahman (rumored to have been signed up) was missing too...

It's a movie you might watch if there was nothing else to do. Even then, you'd wish for a little more of the world Jeff Bridges lives in, a little more legend and less roaring from transforming creatures...   

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