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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Perseverance and teamwork. Characters learn to overcome their flaws and work through their past mistakes while banding together to help others.
Positive Role Models
Ace Hunter Julius acts as mentor and friend to aspiring hunter Aiden. Together they help each other overcome fears, learn from mistakes. Other characters they team up with each bring different strengths to the team; they rely on each other to save the village.
The mythical team of hunters is both racially and gender diverse. Lead Aiden and his mentor, Julius, are both male. Multiple female characters support the team in various roles. One is Mae, an intelligent researcher; she rescues the males and helps the team using her extensive knowledge of monsters and plants she keeps recorded in her journal. Another Guild Hunter is a strong female character who helps take down various monsters. Leader of the village is another female character.
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Violence & Scariness
Monster hunters use traps, swords, guns/cannons on the monsters throughout the film in self-defense. Several characters face peril against the monsters. Two don't survive. Some monster blood and gore is present, but visible injuries among human characters are rare. Intentional violence outside of self-defense against the monsters is reprimanded by Ace Hunter Julius. Characters are expected to respect the balance of nature.
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No cursing. A pun that sounds like cursing: "Let's kick some Lunastra."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
An early scene includes a male and female who raise mugs and toast "I'll drink to that" before taking a drink from the mugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild is an animated adaptation of the Monster Hunter video game that's geared toward younger fans of the franchise. The fantasy adventure features a young monster hunter hopeful who teams up with a group of Guild soldiers. Together they use their wits and skill to fight monsters and save a village from destruction by a fire-breathing dragon. Strong female characters help the team pull off the mission. When characters make mistakes, there are immediate consequences and attempts to make it right. Violence includes large guns/cannons and swords used to battle monsters and moments of peril. Some characters don't survive the final stand against the dragon as they sacrifice themselves to save the others. Kids will learn the value of perseverance, teamwork, and overcoming past mistakes. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This action-packed fantasy film is surprisingly delightful. It serves an audience that might not be quite ready for Capcom's popular Monster Hunter video game franchise or the live-action Monster Hunter adaptation. It's thrilling and exciting, but not very gory (with purple monster guts, and a little red monster blood). With a strong emphasis on teamwork, characters have to learn to trust one another and face their past mistakes in order to move forward, grow, and ultimately solve their problems.
Though it's predictable at times, the movie has an encouraging message that even the youngest, least skilled people can play a part in helping others. With a runtime of 58 minutes, the movie feels like a long episode of a series. The story plays out as a flashback, with a cliffhanger that leads the viewer to believe that there's more to come.
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