7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Still eerie and evocative,
This review is from: The Last Unicorn [DVD] (DVD)
I hadn't watched this film for 20 years, but it must have left a big impression on me when I was seven, because I still found myself remembering the songs and completing some of the characters' lines. On the surface it's a straightforward fable about a unicorn who realises she is the last of her kind and embarks on a quest to find out what happened to the others, along the way teaming up with the inept wizard Schmendrick and a histrionic outlaw named Molly. Underneath it has a rueful, melancholy, slightly unsettling darker edge that occasionally emerges in throwaway lines of dialogue and can catch you off balance.
The animation looks great for the pre-digital era. The colours are still bright and the film doesn't seem to have aged at all. The voice cast is pretty stellar all round, with the actors bringing life to a host of weird and memorable creatures, and Mia Farrow's exceptional performance in the title role is almost worth the asking price alone. Musically it's no slouch either, with the opening theme being especially memorable. It's true that cold-hearted cynics may take issue with some of the song lyrics, or with Jeff Bridges' singing voice, but this really isn't a film for them. If you were a certain impressionable age when you first saw this, and you still haven't managed to get that tune out of your head, it's well worth revisiting.