Movie Review - Dragon Wars
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and creature action.
Starring Jason Behr and Amanda Brooks. Written and Directed by Hyung Rae Shim.
Dragon Wars is admittedly pretty dumb. The storylines are so strange and confusing, especially when the explanations from our main characters range from 'I don't know,' to 'we don't have time to explain' and then they never do explain. From one flashback sequence, the story sets off another slew of flashbacks to try to explain the mystical, magical, fantastical legend of these huge lizards and how they become dragons. The whole story is based on this legend that isn't completely filled out. There are holes everywhere and it is hard to get involved in the story when you keep wondering what is actually going on.
The main characters are played straight, but are completely unbelievable in this show. Both overact or underact and were most likely struggling with the hard to utter language which is so choppy that it feels fake. This is another hard issue to get over.
The special effects or CGI are pretty spectacular, however you could care less about the battle after being subjected to the crazy script. The CGI is hard to digest at times because of how it interacts with the live action actors/actresses. When the dragons are fighting with no actors/actresses around, they look believable and cool, but when the actors/actresses are around, they look awkward and unable to see the actors/actresses.
Quite possibly, the biggest budgeted, destined to become a cult classic film ever, Dragon Wars is indeed glorious in that regard.
After watching it and looking back, Dragon Wars is pretty hilarious. It may not have been intended as a campy, low-budget production, but it pulls that mood off flawlessly with its expensive CGI in place.
It was a hoot to watch after you give up on any seriousness and is best enjoyed with friends who can mercilessly taunt and laugh at the crazy happenings on screen.
And after all, what do we go to the movies for? To be entertained, of course. And Dragon Wars is indeed an entertaining movie. It is not for everyone. If you cannot laugh and be entertained by watching a movie for how ridiculious it is, then this is not for you. However, if you like your movies weird, or extremely crazy, or you like a good cult classic, this one is right up your alley. I suggest taking a chance with Dragon Wars as it may end up being a prized possession in your DVD collection.