I'm so glad there are small budget non-grandiose fantasy adventure movies that don't have the best CGI or even so-called academy award winning acting in it. Their just fun (even interesting) movies that aren't reaching for the stars, nonetheless can be good in their own way. DragonQuest (2009) is one of these.
The story here is of a fabled world and a reluctant young man (Arkadi/Daniel Bonjour) who is more interested in the ladies yet nevertheless goes on a journey, the path of discovering the seven virtues which is ultimately an inner journey of self-discovery for him. It is a journey which brings victory and his well-being/maturity. And which includes here i might add, a reliable, solid, true companion Katya/Jennifer Dorogi - a strong and well played female part. Kind of a yin/yang thing (of which also plays into the whole Dragon theme of the story, but instead of male and female, its light and darkness.
This is done in a non-heavy handed way with a playful wise teacher Maxim/Marc Singer. The only real setback for this though is his "death scene", which is truly ridiculous, and mainly because the scene is so heavy-handed with his last speech being so self-important. It just didn't go well with the rest of his character. But i just looked passed it.
Now besides that, the guys who put this together really put some thought into this movie - well made - just don't expect another movie like Lord of the Rings or make any comparison to anything else - just take it for what it is (don't look for perfection) and you might find something interesting and enjoy it.
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gary c. esposito (gawain)
lovefolklore and fairy tales -my favorite two books for many years now is 'The Wisdom of Fairy Tales' by Meyer and 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight '. as movies … more
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