Dawn of the Dragonslayer
2011, regia di Anne K. Black
Scheda: Nazione: USA - Produzione: Arrowstorm Entertainment - Distribuzione: Anchor Bay Entertainment, Splendid Film, Seven 7 - Soggetto: Anne Black, Justin Partridge, Kynan Griffin - Sceneggiatura: Anne Black, Justin Partridge, Kynan Griffin - Fotografia: Ty Arnold - Montaggio: Kohl Glass - Art Direction: Adam Johnson - Scenografia: Justin Partridge - Costumi: Clare Niederpruem - Musiche: Panu Aaltio - Effetti speciali: Matt Hoffman, Chris Wells - Formato: Color - Durata: 97'.
Cast: Richard McWilliams, Nicola Posener, Philip Brodie, Ian Cullen, Maggie Daniels, Michael O'Flaherty, Anthony Murphy, Adam Johnson, Nick Devlin, Ciaran O'Grady, Lemuel Black.
Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - allmovie.com - alexbledsoe.com - filmcriticsunited.com - moviebreak.de - facebook.com - abandomoviez.net - nerdsinbabeland.com - spielfilm.de - filmradar.com: «Will and his father live a simple and pastoral life in the mountains, unconcerned with the goings-on of the neighboring lowlands. When Will’s father is killed by a dragon, Will must journey down the mountain and use a mysterious family connection from years earlier to start squiring for Sterling, a once-wealthy land owner and knight. Unwelcomed for his backward, mountain ways, Will is put to work on the struggling farm. He soon befriends Sterling’s headstrong daughter Kate, and the two of them begin working together to uncover the secrets of their families’ connection and to prepare Will for his final battle with the dragon, in which he will avenge his father’s death and prove himself a man. Review: Dawn of the Dragonslayer was a pleasant surprise to me as it turned out to be a much richer film then I had anticipated. I was expecting it to be more of a straightforward sword and sorcery thriller instead at its base is a very tender love story and this added development is what truly elevates it. The screenplay does not force the romance between Will and Kate but instead allows it to grow organically. The leads have a nice chemistry together which helps. Richard McWilliams plays Will as confident but with enough humility to make him a vulnerable and likable hero. As Kate, Nicola Posener manages to portray a headstrong heroine but yet her character does not come across as anachronistically modern as is often the case. This achievement is helped by the fine screenplay by Anne Black, Justin Partridge, and Kynan Griffin that helps create the period feeling through the dialogue and story points that seem quite authentic. Although it was the love story that really connected with me, there is plenty of action and director Anne Black handles those scenes just as adroitly. The dragon had a nice design to it and the special effects were very well done and did not come across as “computery” as is often the case if you watch a film of this genre on the SyFy channel. I also liked how in the climatic battle, the dragon came across as a cunning opponent. The cinematography is breathtaking and the rich Irish landscape is used to full effect. The lush score by Panu Aalito beautifully highlights the action scenes and nicely underscores the emotional scenes. It is one of the better ones that I have head in a while and I hope it becomes available commercially. ...».
Approfondimenti: Movie Review
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