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Merlin (1998)

2 Ratings: 4.0
Science Fiction & Fantasy movie directed by Steve Barron

What kind of guy was the wizard Merlin, anyway? He lives a long time, raises a boy to be a king, props up a Utopian empire with his magic and wisdom, and then watches as it all crumbles under such banal forces as vengeance and betrayal. This four-hour … see full wiki

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Director: Steve Barron
1 review about Merlin (1998)

Magic

  • Jun 7, 2006
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+5
Of all of Hallmark's made for TV movies, I consider this as one of the best. Coming in at 3 hours in length, the movie tells the tale of Merlin and other characters of medieval England. The story starts with Merlin's literal and figurative conception within the mind of Queen Mab, and ends with him retiring from magic with his love Nimue. In between, we see the lives and deaths of King Arthur, Morgan le Fay, Mordred, Lord Vortigan and a host of other regal and not-so-regal characters.

This made for TV movie is impressive in numerous counts. First, the music is good but not overbearing. It complements the onscreen action and dialogue quite well. Second, the cinematography is beautiful, and captures the beauty of the English and Welsh countryside; remember, the Arthur legend is based in Wales.

Third, the dialogue is spot on. No snappy one-liners or overlong soliloquoys. Instead, the dialogue is realistic and true to real emotions that real people undergo. Fourth, the action scenes are quite realistic. The heroes do get killed in battle. Battle scenes are chaotic, and most importantly, war is a strenous exercise of human bodies. This is probably the only action movie I have seen where soldiers in combat actually pant for breath and heave their chests for air under the burden of heavy armor. Bravo for the realism. Fifth, the romance scenes are magical and beautiful but are not cheesy and do not show too much suckface. Last, the story is built around relationships, and shows the intricacies involved when humans of various goals, ethics, beliefs and backgrounds are forced to deal with one another in relationships that can alternate between adversarial to friendly.

Overall, a great movie appropriate for everyone. It is in the same lines as Lord of the Rings, Willow, etc...

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