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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages.
Positive Role Models
Characters too archetypal to stand out as positive role models. Lots of stereotypical characters.
Violence & Scariness
There are frequent medieval and martial-arts battle scenes involving swords and spears, including a scene in which a character dies from taking a spear to his mid-section. Dragon attacks with fire.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The king is given a "tonic" that makes him speak in a slow manner.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dragonheart: A New Beginning is the stand-alone second of three movies in the Dragonheart franchise. There are frequent medieval and martial-arts battle scenes involving swords and spears, including a scene in which a character dies from taking a spear to his mid-section. There is some immature humor -- a dragon learning how to shoot fire out of its mouth accidentally shoots it out of his hindquarters, and a snobby young knight falls face-first into a pile of horse excrement. A king is given a "tonic" by his wicked advisor that leaves him sounding like he's under a sedative. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Even if this had been the most original medieval fantasy movie ever made, it's marred by unintentionally hilarious CGI effects that shatter any attempts at suspension of disbelief. Although even the way some characters speak like California surfers and others like Shakespearean British actors could conceivably be overlooked, the lead dragon appears so ludicrous in every scene that it's impossible to take the story seriously.
And the characters are as trite as they come in medieval fantasy: the stable boy who wants to be a knight, the entitled snob teen knights, the wicked advisor, the decadent king, the mysterious Asian visitors. The only exciting moments are the fight scenes, with swords and martial arts aplenty. Still, it's not enough to recommend this movie.
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