"Merlin: The Return" is the story of the battle between good and evil. The dark forces of Mordred are pitted against the mythical sorcery of Merlin. Mordred and his mother Morgana have been imprisoned in another world for the past 1500 years while Merlin's magical powers kept them at bay. However, in the present, a scientist accidentally finds the gateway to the other world and is about to release Mordred into 20th Century life. Arthur is reawakened from his slumber and together with Merlin, tries to find a way to stop Mordred from re-entering this world. Written by
This is one of the few live action productions based on Arthurian legend in which the actor playing Merlin, Rik Mayall, is younger than the actor playing King Arthur, Patrick Bergin. See more »
For many, many years now, StoneHenge and the "immediate" surrounding area; with its National Trust paths, fences and barriers has looked completely different to how it is portrayed in the film. Even if Stonehenge had been magically repaired for the event. The stones are all in the wrong places! Not to mention the strange invisibility of the 3 roads which run right past it. See more »
Give me the sword, or the woman dies.
Then take it.
[He tosses Excalibur straight at Mordred, which pierces through his chest]
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Wow. I don't think I have ever been so torn as I have been watching "Merlin The Return". Rik Mayall, Adrian Paul, and so many others put in absolutely wonderful performances.
However, there were 2 MAJOR points that made this utterly disasterous.
1) The American Kid. There are some scenes that's he's good in. Most, he is just... BAD to be kind.
2) The "Modern Day" characters about town. The main ones they focused on (including the kids) seemed too accepting of Merlin and his appearing. Someone could of said "he appeared out of nowhere", and someone else laugh it off. If perhaps it was established better that Merlin was known as "the town nutter" (a little extra dialog could of killed that one) and only one person believed he was really Merlin (say the girl or her mother), then there could be a better believability. Also, everyone seemed to be a bit nonchalant when Merlin uses his magic and then Mordred comes through the gateway the first time.
Yet through the holes, lies a pretty darn good story for the most part, and some solid acting and swordplay. Really a fun movie.
I gave it 5 out of 10, because of the distractions, but it's still a very fun movie, though better for kids than adults (and that could of easily been fixed).
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