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1. Acting: Vinne Jones and Danny Glover are both pros. Vinnie did what he had to to make an honest dollar. Danny threw himself into the part and kept throwing. He was Shakespearean in delivery of his lines--like his character Ahab, he works in his own world. The other leads were a little less "energetic" in their delivery which make Glover stand out a bit too much. Queequeg's job was mainly to seem fierce and that didn't quite work. The love interest, Ahab's adopted daughter, played by Sophia Pernas, showed some potential and is a model--and she did that well.
2. Script: The script was well written. Very literate and faithful to Melville's tone, though not to the story. The tension between man and God could be felt, though nothing comes of it.
3. Tone: The movie takes itself seriously which is a plus. It could have gone Campy, and made a different movie.
4. Photography: The photography is first rate with great nature scenes. The movie was filled in Utah.
1. The basic premise is weak but could be accepted. When I found out that a lumbering steam-powered conestoga wagon/battle jitney was the "ship" my heart sank.
2. The script balks. Leads us to believe that at least we are going to prob some deeper issues, but doesn't deliver. And given that there is more talk than action, that is a major weakness.
Bottom line: If you aren't expecting too much and want to kill a Saturday afternoon, there are worse ways to do it.
The film is set in a fictional mythical land that looks like medieval Europe, though some part of the film (design of the landship, for instance) reminds us of the steampunk world. Dragons are hunted, it is explained, for vitriol, a highly sought-after energy source. The hunters enter deep into the woods and wilderness to kill the flying dragons, and spend most of the time ... talking, talking and talking.
Turning a Herman Melville novel into an action fantasy is not a bad idea. For this kind of fantasy film to succeed, however, you need characters you can relate to, or at least decent action sequences. Sorry, but "Age of the Dragons" has none of them. You have to wait about 30 minutes for the first combat scene to start. Those action scenes, poorly shot and edited, are not thrilling.
As to the actors, it seems only Vinnie Jones (second-billed) knows what he is doing. Unfortunately, his role is a pretty small one. Captain Ahab has a daughter Rachel (Sofia Pernas), love interest for Ishmael. Her pointless role does not help.
In short, the film is terrible. By saying terrible, I'm not talking about the idea of re-imaging a classic novel. "Age of the Dragon" is dull. It needs better acting and more budget.
This is the second time I have watched 'Age of the Dragon', and I enjoyed it just as much as the first time. Danny Glover did a wonderful job of portraying the vengeance-crazed Ahab who hunts the white dragon. Some people have accused him of over-acting, but his performance didn't jump on that particular hot-button for me. Well, not so much that it made me roll my eyes and turn it off, unlike Jeremy Irons in Dungeons & Dragons (and almost everything else I've seen him in).
They utilized back-flashes and teasers to introduce the viewer to the taint of guilt that eats at Ahab's sanity. The scenes were reminiscent of what a person with a haunted past sees moments before they are able to shut down the memory. To be so tortured when he supposedly faced-off with the white dragon made me curious as to whether or not the tales that are told of his courage were wrong and kept me intrigued to figure out more of this madman's story.
The sets and culture were believable, and it was a breath of fresh air to watch a fantasy-take on this classic novel. So often fantasy movies are cheese and corn, but not so with 'Age of the Dragon'. The writing and acting did not come across as campy, and believe me when I say I have turned off many fantasy movies after only the first 20 seconds. In 'Age of the Dragon' I believed the characters, their passions, and their agonies. I especially enjoyed the friendship between QuiQuay and Ishmael.Read more ›
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