Merlin: The Return
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Merlin: The Return is a U.K. feature that was released directly to video in the United States. It takes place mostly in the present day, with all the familiar characters from King Arthur's universe trying to navigate modern times. The movie seems to have been made with kids in mind, though it still features sword fighting, stabbing, some blood, and some scary skeleton creatures. There's a shot of several women rubbing and touching Mordred, and some discussion of the extramarital affair between Lancelot and Guinevere (which is referred to in terms of love rather than sex). Language includes a couple of uses of "damn" and "my God." Kids are seen drinking Coca-Cola, with a Coca-Cola display case on view. A Game Boy is shown. This movie feels very low-budget and clumsy, but it's also inoffensive and might please younger viewers who are interested in King Arthur's legend.
What's the story?
Is it any good?
Families can talk about...
- What went on between King Arthur's wife Guinevere and Sir Lancelot? Did they betray King Arthur? Did they try to hurt him on purpose? How would you feel in the same situation?
- Does the movie put the younger characters in any danger? Is the story more exciting or more interesting with younger, more modern characters in it?
- Does this movie make you want to learn more about the legend of King Arthur?