When aspiring knight Gareth goes in search of a fallen comet rumored to contain gold, he is shocked to instead find a set of dragon eggs guarded by dragon Drago. After Drago saves Gareth's life the two become intricately bonded, and must work together to defeat an evil sorcerer and stop his reign of terror. Along the way, Gareth learns the true meaning of being a knight in this fantasy action-adventure for the ages.
The core of the concept of Dragonheart is HEART... which this movie has replaced with repetitious and almost constant violent battles. Okay, this is a fantasy movie, it's a dragon movie, it's going to include battles. But the violence in this was significant. Not a family film by any means. For me, it was simply too continuously and aggressively violent to enjoy.
We haven't seen Ben Kingsley in many good roles lately... often playing an unbelievable villain. He did decent enough voice work in this, but with today's digital voice modification techniques (heavily used in this film) that's not really saying much. The female character added some interest to this, as did the young Druid. The main character was difficult to tolerate, as was the dragon's motivation in trusting him with its most prized possession.
The main villain was properly vile (decent enough acting on his part). Most other characters were fluff. Surprisingly the dragon was so non-essential to the story line that it could have been completely written out of the script and the story remain pretty much the same. The CGI was excellent, but these days that's taken for granted. With the software and talent now available , a movie company would have to do a really bad job to have poor CGI. So I can't really give it much credit there.
In short, the film presents a mediocre script that lacked any of the heart of the first movie. If one is a fan of medieval battle movies and lots of violence, this certainly qualifies. But if the viewer is looking for substance, viable story and believable plot, this will likely disappoint.
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