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Such a pity I didn't see it in 1985.
on 20 September 2010
If I'd seen this film back in 1985, when I was a teenager, I probably would love it now and think of it as a treasured memory. I was right into D&D back then and I know this would have blown me away.
Viewing it for the first time as an adult has given me the seemingly unique opportunity to see it as a film, not as a part of my childhood/teenagehood, as so many people who give it 5 stars do.
This is a nice little movie, but definitely not worth 5 stars and not worthy of the accolades poured onto it. The story is predictable and gets a bit boring once you work out how its going to end, and the effects are pretty bad, even by the standards of the 1980's. As another 1 star reviewer has mentioned, the musical score is atrocious 80's pop music that is completely unsympathetic to the material. What was the director thinking using hideous 80's rock for a medieval fantasy story?
On a positive note, the acting is superb. Rutger Hauer is always fabulous, Michelle Pfeiffer is always ravishing, and Matthew Broderick was always an excellent and cute actor at that time. Its a pity the material they're working with is pants.
I know I'm going to get some bad comments here, but if you don't see this while you're a kid, be prepared for some embarrassing movie making.
I'm giving it 3 stars for the hard work these actors put into this film. And the kids will enjoy it.