Albion: The Enchanted Stallion

Movie review by
Barbara Shulgas..., Common Sense Media
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Generic fantasy about a magical world has some violence.
  • NR
  • 2016
  • 106 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Even a small person can make a big difference. We often have powers we don't know we have.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Evie is a strong-willed, mature, loyal, and brave 12-year-old who works at a stable caring for horses and who cares for her wheelchair-bound father as well. She displays bravery and inner strength when she's brought to another world by a magical stallion. The general is selfish and cruel. Eriu is courageous and devoted to saving her people. Lir is kind and loving.

Violence

A cruel and cannibalistic general likes to have enemies tortured and maimed. He eats someone's severed finger on screen with a great comic crunch. A man describes many harrowing and violent adventures, all of which he has recovered from, owing to the powers of a magical healing book he carries. A man throws extremely hot soup at his pursuers. A scary story is told about a spirit disguised as a horse that grabs naughty children and makes them disappear. A branch is briefly embedded in a man's forehead, but he pulls it out and recovers immediately from the wound because he carries the ancient Book of Healing. A man boasts of poisoning his mother when he was 10.

Sex

A man declares his love for a woman. They are interrupted before they can kiss.

Language

"Poop," "half-wit."
 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Albion: The Enchanted Stallion is a fantasy that has the feel of the start of a magical universe franchise. It features a brave child negotiating her way through warring peoples in a strange world. The movie tries, not always successfully, to mimic the comic adventure style of The Princess Bride. Violence threatened by bad guys is ever-present, but good characters, including a selfless queen (Debra Messing), a protective abbess (Jennifer Morrison), and a fierce and loyal female warrior played by the director, are willing to risk their lives to do the right thing to end the fighting. Tweens are the targeted audience. Violence is limited and not especially bloody, and the most dastardly villain (played by John Cleese) is funny.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 13 year old Written byLisa K. June 5, 2018

Creepy and negative towards men

My daughter and I were both creeped out by the king eating the other guy's finger. Neither of us found the king or whatever he was funny at all - he was ju... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old August 17, 2017

Great movie!!!!!!!!

I think this movie is awesome Eiru looks like an older version of Marada
Teen, 15 years old Written by.meowmaybe March 19, 2018

It's Fun to Laugh at I Guess...

Bizarre Narnia rip-off is both confusing and absurd. PROS: It's a fun fantasy setting I guess...? Would be fun if you're really bored or are a big fa... Continue reading

What's the story?

ALBION: THE ENCHANTED STALLION is the story of 12-year-old Evie (Avery Arendes), a Vermont stable girl who cares for her wheelchair-bound father (Stephen Dorff). After she's taken by a magical stallion to Albion, a strange, hidden land, she discovers that she is heir to an imperiled underground kingdom that will be destroyed by its enemy unless she uses her special gift on their behalf. Before she agrees to sign on for that, she helps Eriu (Castille Landon), a Danann warrior, find the Flame of Knowledge, one of their people's four ancient treasures, because it will help Evie find her way home. As she eventually agrees to take on the project of saving the downtrodden Dananns of Albion from the ruthless and war-mongering Melessians, she stands up to dangerous bullies, including their cruel leader, General Eeder (John Cleese).  

Is it any good?

This is a generic otherworldly adventure designed to appeal to tween girls, complete with a sensible stable girl protagonist saving the day. In the mode of the Narnia and Hobbit tales, where a quest motivates the characters to do the courageous things they do, here an imperiled magical kingdom needs a 12-year-old girl's assistance for survival. Many of these adventure-in-a-strange-world films would profit from a 10- or 20-minute reduction in running time, and this is no different. There's an obvious and not always successful effort to mimic the irreverent humor of The Princess Bride, and John Cleese, of Monty Python fame, amusingly executes the odd role of a cruel and cannibalistic general whose torso and face are covered with nipples.

Albion: The Enchanted Stallion features luscious green landscapes, swelling inspirational anthems, and a twisting and at times slow-moving plot about a peaceable people tricked into living underground in a treaty brokered by a hoodwinked goddess. Some are dressed like Vikings and others like Santa's elves, and yet others like medieval Crusaders. What world they live in, what era they live in -- for the first 80 minutes there are few answers to these big questions. What's impressive, nevertheless, is that this was co-written and directed by a plucky woman in her twenties, Castille Landon, who also plays Eriu. Just getting a movie made is an achievement to be lauded. The ending sets up the possibility of sequels to come. One hopes the next movie's editors will be more aggressive.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what Evie learns about herself through her journey in Albion: The Enchanted Stallion. How would you feel if you learned that most of what you knew about yourself wasn't accurate?

  • How do the characters demonstrate courage and loyalty? What about perseverance and teamwork? Why are these important character strengths?

  • How does this movie compare to other fantasy films you've seen?

Movie details

For kids who love fantasy

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