Merlin and a young thief embark on a dangerous quest to find the Holy Grail and save Camelot.Merlin and a young thief embark on a dangerous quest to find the Holy Grail and save Camelot.Merlin and a young thief embark on a dangerous quest to find the Holy Grail and save Camelot.
"Merlin's Apprentice" has competent cinematography, good lighting, decent editing, competent sound, and a lot of other qualities that are too often overlooked in recent films.
The script and direction, however, leave a lot to be desired. The story itself really does seem to have come from an after-school special. There's a heavy-handed politically-correct attitude that is definitely intended to teach kids some lessons about life as it should be. (The character of Brian is an egregious example of this, and it is an example of outright pandering to the PC crowd.) One thing that is sadly lacking is any sense of grandeur. The magic barely rises to the level of parlor tricks, making objects fly around the room or stopping an arrow in flight.
The direction of Wu leaves a lot to be desired as well. The actors are capable of much more, but Wu fails to bring it out for the camera.
Overall, though, it's worth watching, especially if you enjoyed the original.
- Aug 9, 2012