It’s evident the cast and crew put great efforts into this production, as seen from their dedication to the recreation of the classic scene from Disney’s 1940 Fantasia. Credit must also be given to the actors Nicholas Cage and Jay Baruchel (particularly the latter) for being unafraid to look so stupid during filming, because all that waving-your-hands-around-in-the-air-dramatically couldn’t have looked anything else before the effects were added in.
Speaking of which, I have to say the effects are good – the steel eagle, metal bull and dragon all look rather realistic, as are the magical bits. It’s an entertaining romp, filled with fine actors and not-too-bad dialogue, and the hero obviously saves the day in the end, putting the bad guys where they belong, gaining some self-esteem along the way, and getting his girl.
But that’s about it. It’s a generic Hollywood blockbuster summer flick, with delicious eye-candy but bland and vapid in terms of emotional impact, and with barely a hint of moralities. The cast does a good job, but the script doesn’t serve them well. The set designers and visual effect team obviously have given all they can, but against so generic a picture, the backdrop and GCI creations steal the limelight. It’s not a bad fantasy film per se, but it’s not good either. It’s not a waste of time, but it’s pretty forgettable.
Rating on Rotten Tomatoes: 43%
Rating on IMDb: 6.3
Viewing history: Seen 1x. Rental.