- 1h 25min
To save their Kingdom from an army of undead, a group of warriors must travel through the forbidden lands fighting the fearsome beasts that call The Dark Kingdom their home.To save their Kingdom from an army of undead, a group of warriors must travel through the forbidden lands fighting the fearsome beasts that call The Dark Kingdom their home.To save their Kingdom from an army of undead, a group of warriors must travel through the forbidden lands fighting the fearsome beasts that call The Dark Kingdom their home.
Notably, I must admit that I didn't really have much of any expectations for the movie, as this had pretty much come and gone well under the radar. And a great number of fantasy movies tend to be badly produced and having ludicrous props and costumes. But still, it might just happened that "Dragon Kingdom" was an entertaining movie, one that wasn't just going to be another failed fantasy movie.
So I sat down and watched "Dragon Kingdom". And I managed to get through the entire movie, just dozed off once or twice along the way.
While the storyline in the movie was actually decent enough, albeit pretty generic and stereotypical for a fantasy movie, then the movie suffered terribly from a lack of proper effects and costumes.
I mean, some of the costumes, especially those for the heroes and their allies was good. Some of the foes were adequate, although it was just painstakingly obvious that it was people wearing latex masks, as the masks lacked facial expressions and movement. And then there were the creatures in black, ghouls perhaps? I have no idea what the props department were thinking here; I mean, putting people in black spandex suits that weren't even form-fitted and then adding latex masks and odd plating on the back. It was just so obvious that it was just spandex suits, given the way the garments folded up when they moved. It was just abysmal to watch, and I wonder how this ever made it past the concept table.
Director Simon Wells didn't manage to present an overly impressive fantasy movie here with "Dragon Kingdom". But while overall a terrible movie, there were bits and odd pieces here and there that actually worked out quite well. Just a shame they drowned in the mediocrity of everything else.
I am rating "Dragon Kingdom" a mere three out of ten stars, because this was by no means an outstanding or particularly memorable fantasy movie.
- Jul 27, 2020