Mio in the Land of Faraway
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First off, there's the drab opening scenes where poor orphan Bosse gets picked on by everyone. You'll feel sorry for him, but that's because you don't realize he has a wondrous destiny in store. All of a sudden, a giant floating head materializes out of nowhere and, ordering Bosse to hang onto his beard, spirits him away to the Land of Faraway! Needless to say, this is a bizarre montage that will astound you.
The floating head delivers him to the palace, where he meets his father (the King, natch) and his best friend Jum-Jum. (How you can have a best friend you've never met is a bit bewildering to me, but hey, it's Christian Bale, and he could sell a blind man a "pap", let alone a friendless loser on the prospect of a new homie.) Bosse gets a new name, "Mio", and a flying horse, "Miramis", and the audience begins to wonder what the heck is going on here.
Enter the evil villain, KATO! Every time his name is spoken, a fierce and scary wind blows from somewhere offscreen. The effect is so comical, I guarantee you will find yourself repeatedly faux-intoning "KA-TO!!" after watching the film. (By the way, it rhymes with "gato", not NATO.) Christopher Lee is awesome in this role, particularly when he gets to deliver lines like "This is the most dangerous sword I've had in my castle...it cannot kill the young and innocent!" Obviously, the new Prince of Faraway needs to take this mug down.Read more ›
Astrid Lindgren - author of the book
Christopher Lee - actor who plays Saruman in (lord of the rings)
Christian Bale - Actor who played Jim in (Empire of the sun)
people who doesn't speak swedish dont know how many great child movies we have (written by Astrid Lindgren) that are extremly wonderful and magical.
other favorits are:
Ronja (Ronia, the Robber's Daughter)
Broderna lejonhjarta (The Brothers Lionheart)
And many others... for people who enjoys foreign cool movies.
To all parents: Need another great sci-fi/fantasy movie to show to children of all ages? This one is a recommendation.
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I saw this movie for the first time when I was a kid, and immediately fell in love with the magic horse. Read morePublished on October 22, 2011 by Rachel K.
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