22 June 2014 | uncle3000
The first 10 minutes seemed quite promising. At the beginning I really thought this movie would be something great, kind of like Lord of the Rings or some other well made adventure film. The photo is good, costumes and props were realistic looking, and the scenery was great, as was the music and what CGI was implemented. The Castle is real and looks just as a fairytale castle should look. I liked most of the characters except the prince who wasn't very royal. Right from the start I fell in love with the evil fairy (Olivia d'Abo), marvelous woman.
However. With the means to go to Bulgaria to shoot a film like this one with good costumes and to be honest pretty OK selection of actors (I'll get back to this in a moment), you would presume the result to be, if not true to the story, then at least providing you with an hour or two of adventurous excitement. But this project fails on all parts. I kept telling myself that "there's a twist to it, I'll wait and see", but no. No twist, no surprise, just funny looking zombies and what I felt was poorly inspired acting throughout the movie. It seemed to me as a lazy attempt to shoot the movie live, kind of like 'playing as we go'. Some of the actors have great potential, yet here they simply did not perform. And, who wrote the script, was there a script? - Interesting questions.
This project may have been a vacation event by Casper, a story for kids. A children's movie. But somehow I can't combine that with certain brutal scenes involved. I'm left with a strange feeling that the whole film is an experiment made together with family and friends. I'm not alone feeling this way, am I? I would give it a 1 out of 10, but the castle was impressive so I'll be generous enough to give a 2.