Released on Netflix, Blu-ray and Digital; Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire is an epic medieval era fiction, telling the story of one of Britania’s king’s rise to power. This is the 4th installment of the Dragonheart saga.
Staring Sir Patrick Stewart, Tom Rhys Harries, and Jessamine-Bliss Bell, it establishes the fictional theory which shows that dragons and kings have an ultimate bond that allows the dragon to protect such king.
King Edrick rises to power after his father grows ill and dies. The dragon then goes to Edrick, a young and naïve prince whose long lost sister proves to bring his Dragonheart split, as she is his twin sister.
This film gives off an indie-feel even when the budget is as large as a Hollywood quality film. Don’t get me wrong, I am not knocking it down. To be straightforward the indie feel, especially with the beautifully used artistic shots and the extensive use of handheld gives the medieval epics new and updated photography.
The script however brings a light-hearted drama with a few serious moments to a dense, and sometimes difficult to process, genre.
As with most lower end films with minimally expected return, the dragon’s CGI is lacking. A good example would be that of The Hobbit’s dragon, which manages to keep it mysteriously hidden for much of the scenes which avoids CGI errors to be seen easily. With that being said in this film we have the complete opposite and at times we see CGI elements failing to interact correctly with the ‘real’ world of the film.
Overall it’s a film that I would rate a 7/10, if you are looking for something to watch on Netflix and enjoy epics or Arthurian stories it’s a good choice.
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